Details/Information for Canadian Forces (CF) Operation SCHOOL SUPPLIES

CF Overseas Operations have most often operated within the construct of an international mandate. As such, the International Information is presented first in order to provide the context of the Canadian Operation (displayed second). Eventually, all rotations associated with the particular Canadian operation will also be displayed.

International Information

International Operation Name: Antigua 1966

Mandating Organization: Government of Canada

Mission Mandate: To transport school supplies to Antigua, West Indies.

Region Name: Central America

Location: Antigua

Mission Date: 4 July 1966 - 7 July 1966

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Canadian Forces (CF) Information (SCHOOL SUPPLIES)

Name: Operation SCHOOL SUPPLIES

CF Mission/Operation Notes:

At the request of the Minister of Education for the Province of Ontario, the Minister of National Defence assigned two C130 Hercules to Operation SCHOOL SUPPLIES. One aircraft from 436 Squadron (Sqn) from Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Station (Stn) Uplands and one from 435 Sqn from RCAF Stn Namao flew a four-day shuttle service transporting school supplies from Toronto to Antigua to provide substantial assistance to the Leeward and Windward Island.

RCAF’s Air Transport Command carried over 1,300 desks and more than four tons of school supplies to a central distribution point on Antigua. School boards within a 225 kilometers radius of Toronto donated the desks and text books and manufacturers gave freely of pens, pencils, erasers, rulers and scribblers.