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Ops Summaries and Prop Wash

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Despite nearly total devestation of communications with the outside world, word of the Agadir earth quake reached the U.S. Navy at NAS Port Lyautey at 7:30 AM the next morning, March 1, 1960. Swift action resulted in a massive effort to provide relief for the stricken city. The excerpt below from the Lyautey Log details the prompt response by the U.S. Navy,which sent aircraft and personnel from Port Lyautey, including those of VR-24.
The photos on this page are, except where otherwise credited, also from the 11 March 1960 issue of the Lyautey Log.


Anyone who has photos, stories,and/or material they wish to share is encouraged to send them to Dick Prather, editor of the VR-24 website.

(Lyautey Log Prather collection)

(Lyautey Log Prather collection)

U.S. Marines boarding VR-24 aircraft for Agadir

VR-24 Flt Surgeon, LT Smetz (center), and HM1's Smith and Schmidt (right) about to board planes for Agadir

Loading blankets and litters on VR-24 R5D bound for Agadir

Loading survivors on Station R4D for evacuation from Agadir

Helping hands pass litter patient to crewmen aboard Station R4D for evacuation from Agadir

Loading explosives on Station R4D bound for Agadir

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Litter patients await loading on R5D 91998 for evacuation from Agadir

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Using improvised method, litter patients are loaded on VR-24 R5D (probably 91998) for evacuation from Agadir

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A fork lift is used to load litter patient onto VR-24 R5D 56518 at Agadir on 2 March 1961

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Rabat Sale Airport. Moroccan Army field kitchen personnel wait to board a VR-24 R5D for airlift to Agadir. They made the trip sitting on the cabin deck since the aircraft seats were removed to accommodate litters. It was reported that they brought not only kitchen gear but items to be cooked, including live chickens.

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Ramp at Agadir. The aircraft is a French Nord Atlas involved in earthquake relief.

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A USAF C-124 Globemaster involved in the Agadir earthquake relief effort.

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Agadir airport was a busy place. These people appear to be focused on the C-124 shown in the above photo.

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French military personnel appear to await events to unfold.

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U.S.Navy personnel setting up command center for NAS Port Lyautey and VR-24 operations at Agadir.

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Letter of commendation from Ambassador Yost

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