Details/Information for Canadian Forces (CF) Operation Jamaica 1951 Hurricane Relief

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Jamaica 1951 Hurricane Relief

International Information

International Operation Name: Jamaica 1951

International Mission Name: Jamaica 1951 Hurricane Relief (Jamaica 1951 Hurricane Relief)

Mandating Organization: Government of Canada

Region Name: Central America

Location: Jamaica

Mission Date: 24 August 1951 - 26 August 1951

Mission Mandate: To deliver humanitarian assistance to Jamaica.

Mission/Operation Notes:

With winds gusting up to 125 mph (200 km/h), Hurricane Charlie hit an unprepared Jamaica on 17 August 1951 and raged through the day on the 18th. After devastating Jamaica, the hurricane went on to Mexico where it caused extensive damage. In Jamaica, the hurricane killed over 150 people, left over 50,000 homeless and devastated whole areas of the country, including the capital of Kingston. With most of the infrastructure destroyed in the major centres, the lack of fresh water raised fears of typhoid and dysentery. The British Red Cross, the Royal Navy and the British Army had medical teams on site attempting to fight the spread of disease.

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Canadian Forces (CF) Information (Jamaica 1951 Hurricane Relief)

CF Mission/Operation Notes:

In Canada, the Canadian Red Cross requested the assistance of the RCAF, who placed two North Star aircraft from 426 Squadron at its disposal. One North Star flew 3,000 lbs of blankets and lamps from Winnipeg to Toronto where they were loaded into a second North Star with 6,000 lbs of food and several kegs of nails. The aircraft departed on 24 August, bound for Florida, where it spent the night as there were no night landing facilities in Jamaica. Two representatives of the Canadian Red Cross accompanied the flight. The next day it arrived in Jamaica, off-loading the supplies and the two Red Cross representatives, before returning to Canada.