Details/Information for Canadian Forces (CF) Operation Honduras 1974

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.

Honduras 1974

International Information

International Operation Name: Honduras 1974

International Mission Name: Honduras 1974

Mandating Organization: Government of Canada

Region Name: Central America

Location: Honduras

Mission Date: 27 September 1974 - 26 October 1974

Mission Mandate: To airlift relief supplies to Honduras after Hurricane Fifi

Mission/Operation Notes:

On 18 September, Hurricane Fifi hit Honduras. The country was wholly unprepared for the hurricane, with over 1 million people living in high-risk areas,. Although only a category 2 hurricane, heavy rain over two days (60 cm in the first 24 hours) caused extensive flooding. Whole villages were swept away, 80 percent of the banana crop was destroyed, two-fifths of the nation's cattle drowned, most of the fishing fleet sank, and the facilities of Puerto Cortes, the most important port, were destroyed. Over 8,000 people were killed, making Fifi the fourth deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record. Over 100,000 people were left homeless.

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Canadian Forces (CF) Information (Honduras 1974)

CF Mission/Operation Notes:

Canada provided relief supplies on two occasions. On 27 September, one 436 Squadron Hercules flew to Honduras, delivering relief supplies and conducting several more such flight before returning to CFB Trenton on 4 October. Another flight was conducted from 25 to 26 October.