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DEFENCE press release DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE CANBERRA

THURSDAY APRIL 17, 1975 NO. 495/75

RAAF HELPS RELIEVE SUFFERING

Since April 2, RAAF C130 Hercules aircraft have carried more than one million kilograms of freight in Australia’s humanitarian effort to relieve the suffering of civilians in Vietnam.

Figures released by the RAAF disclose that 226,800 kgs, mostly food, were carried in the 48 hours to midnight on Tuesday, April 15.

Seven C130s have been flying every day, taking baby food and clothing, medical supplies, rice, blankets and plastic sheeting to Saigon and Phu Quoc Island, southwest of Saigon.

The majority of the relief supplies has been flown from Saigon to An Thoi on Phu Quoc Island. The remainder has been freighted from Bangkok to Saigon.

On April 4 RAAF flew 194 orphans from Saigon to Bangkok to be flown to Australia by Qantas.

Today, the RAAF is flying between 70 and 80 orphans, destined for Australia, from Saigon to Bangkok where they will board a Qantas 707 flight to Melbourne.

Since April 2 RAAF C130s and Dakotas have logged more than 500 hours on humanitarian tasks for Vietnam.

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