January
Relief Supplies
Khartoum, Sudan
Flt Lt Gus Hatter, Sgt Ross McKerron, FS Roy
Armstrong, JT Gordon Gourdie and SAC Bob
Tring. Delivery of food aid to to Juba in support of
famine relief.

January
Operation Deep Freeze
Christchurch, New Zealand to
McMurdo Sound, Antarctica and
return
Fg Off Steve Richmond, FS Al Storey, Sgt Ben
Johnston, Cpl Gerry Phelan, SAC Ian Bell plus 1.
Movement of freight and pax of World Science
Foundation programme between New Zealand
and Antarctica
January
Exercise Aroma One
Midway, Oman to Wyton, UK
Flt Lt Gerry Keyworth, Cpl Jimmy Jones and SAC
Ian Place. Recovery of 543 Squadron (Victor SR2)
from Oman to Wyton
January
Exercise Tigercat
Leeming, UK
Fg Off Tony Willis, FS Tony Barrell, Sgt Bob
Turner, Cpl Norman Poole, SACs Boot Pratt & Jim
Marchant. Deployment of 48 Squadron RAF Regt
(Tigercat Missiles) from RAF Catterick to Cyprus
January
Special
Fairford, UK
Fg Off Brian Clucas, FS Taff Thomas, Sgt Ivan
Gervais, Cpl Tommy Blues, SAC Bob Ford.
Deployment of ACHE from Abingdon to Fairford
and then loading Britannia and Belfast aircraft in
support of Concorde 002 Trials
29 January - 6 February
Khartoum, Sudan
Flt Lt Gordon Townsend, FS Pete Underwood, Sgt
Ross McKerron, Cpl Geordie Sanderson, SAC's
Dave Moss and Hoppy Porter plus 4. Flt Lt Gus
Hatter, Sgt Ross McKerron, FS Roy Armstrong, JT
Gordon Gourdie and SAC Bob Tring.  Transport
relief supplies for the World Health Organisation
and other urgent Sudanese Government
equipment
February
Brigloc
Kai Tak, Hong Kong and
Kathmandu, Nepal
Sgt Ross McKerron, Cpl Ian Berry, JT Gordon
Gourdie & SAC Bob Tring/Flt Lt Gus Hatter & FS
Ken Browne. (Echo Team) Reforce of Air Movs
Squadron Hong Kong and Movs Support in Nepal
for rotation of Ghurkas and families using 99
Squadron Britannias
February
Special
Johannesburg, South Africa and
Luanda, Angola
Fg Off Brian Clucas plus 1. Freight handling in
support of Concorde trials
24 February - 11 April
Kathmandu, Nepal
Flt Lt Gerry Keyworth, FSgt Tony Barrell, Sgt Bob
Turner, Cpl Colin Hughes, SAC Jim Marchant,
SAC Alan (Boot) Pratt.  1 team to Nepal to set up
airhead for preparation and airdrop of 2,000 tons
of grain to the Nepalese.  Team assisted with the
air despatch
February
Red Cross Task
Khartoum to Juba, Sudan
Flt Lts Gordon Townsend & Gerry Keyworth. FS
Bob Hope, Sgts Dave Wright and DK Henderson,
Cpls Geordie Sanderson & Jimmy Jones, SAC
Dave Moss plus 1. Onmove of Red Cross relief
supplies from Khartoum to Juba in the Sudan
February
Exercise Hardfall
Odiham, UK to Sola, Norway
Fg Off Alistair Gallaugher, FS Chas Dalgleish, Sgt
Tony Pyne, SACs Hugh Curran & Troop Smith.
Deployment of 4 Wessex Helicopters to Sola in
two Belfast aircraft
March
Special
Darwin, NT, Australia to
Waddington, UK
Fg Off Tim Leaming, FS Dave Eggleton, Sgt John
Bell, JT Ted Moore & SAC Jim Barr. Recovery of
50 Squadron (Vulcans) from Australia to
Waddington
March
Special
UK to Dacca, Bangladesh
FS Chas Dalgleish, Cpl Norman Poole, SACs
Hugh Curran & Troop Smith plus 1. Deployment
of 2 Wessex Helicopters of 72 Squadron to
Bangladesh
March
Special
Atar, Mauritania to UK
Fg Off Steve Richmond, Sgt Dave Barton & SAC
Ian Bell. Recovery of Joint Services Expedition
from Mauritania back to UK
March
Exercise Sunray
Darwin, NT, Australia to UK
Fg Off Tim Leaning, FS Dave Eggleton, JT Ted
Moore & SAC Jim Barr. Recovery of personnel
and freight of 50 Squadron (Vulcans) from
Australia to UK
7-13 April
Flood Relief
UK to Algiers, Algeria
Algiers - Flood Relief. FS Bob Hope, Sgt DK
Henderson, Cpl Jimmy Jones, SACs Ian Place &
Tim Newstead plus 1. Delivery of Red Cross
supplies as part of flood relief

April
Ice Trials
Boscombe Down, UK
FS Pete Underwood, Sgt Dave Wright, Cpl Geordie
Sanderson, SAC Dave Moss plus 1. Off load of Sea
King, Wessex and Scout helicopters after cold
weather trials in Ottawa
April
Brigloc
Kai Tak, Hong Kong and
Kathmandu, Nepal
Sgt Ross McKerron, Cpl Ian Berry, JT Gordon
Gourdie & SAC Bob Tring (Hong Kong), Flt Lt Gus
Hatter & FS Ken Browne (Nepal). Rotation of
Ghurkha troops and families between Hong Kong
and Nepal
May
RAF Regiment Rotation
Catterick, UK to Belize and return
FS Dave Barton, Cpl George Lynes & SAC Mac
Maclean. Rotation of RAF Regt landrovers
between Catterick and Belize
May
Exercise Pale Jade
Sharjah and Dubai, UAE
Flt Lt Gordon Townsend, FS Pete Underwood, Sgt
Dave Wright, Cpls Ian Berry & Geordie
Sanderson, SAC Dave Moss. Route support to
detachments deploying Victors and Phantoms to
the Far East
May
Operation Dragonfly
Leuchars to Marham, UK
Flt Lt Gerry Keyworth, Sgt D K Henderson, Cpl
Jimmy Jones, SAC Ian Place. Recovery of
personnel and equipment of 57 Squadron
(Victors) from Scotland to Marham
June
Exercise Hellenic Express
Odiham, UK to Mikra, Greece
Flt Lt Norrie Radcliffe, Fg Off Tony Willis, FS Tony
Barrell, Sgt Bob Turner, Cpl Norman Poole, SACs
Boot Pratt & Jim Marchant plus 2. Deployment of
72 Squadron (Wessex) from Odiham to Mikra
(Thessaloniki) in Greece
June
Special
Luqa, Malta to Scampton, UK
Flt Lt Gordon Townsend, FS Pete Underwood, Sgt
Dave Elliott, Cpl Geordie Sanderson, SAC Dave
Moss. Recovery of 617 Squadron (Vulcans) from
Malta to Scampton
June
Special
Wyton, UK to Midway Island
FS Ben Johnston plus 2. Deployment of
personnel and equipment of 543 Squadron
(Victors) from Wyton to the Pacific
June
Special
Moffett NAS, CA, USA to UK
Flt Lt Gus Hatter, Sgt Ross McKerron, Cpl
Geordie Sanderson, JT Gordon Gourdie, SAC Bob
Tring plus 1. Recovery of 5 Inniskillen Dragoon
Guards from San Francisco after Swingfire Missile
trials
July
Red Cross Relief
Tengah, Singapore to Phnom Penh,
Cambodia
Fg Off Tim Leaning with Cpl Dave Wilkin and JT
Ted Moore were returning from task 310 at
Nandi, Fiji when their Belfast, flight number
9496 was diverted from Tengah, Singapore, to
Phnom Penh with 31,000lbs of 6 man tents.
These were loaded by Tengah Air Movements
Squadron. On arrival at the Cambodian capital
they were met by HE the British Ambassador. Cpl
Wilkin erected one tent to demonstrate to the
Red Cross team how it was done
July
Exercise Gimcrack
Benson to Stornoway, UK
FS Bob Hope, Sgt DK Henderson, Cpl Jimmy
Jones, SACs Ian Place & Tim Newstead plus 1.
Deployment of TCW from RAF Benson to Outer
Hebrides
July
Exercise Bargano
UK to Laarbruch, Germany
Flt Lt Gus Hatter, Cpl Ian Berry, SAC Bob Tring
plus 1. Deployment of 9(Plessey) LAD Regt from
UK to Germany for Rapier trials
July
Squadron Exchange
Soesterberg, Holland to UK
Fg Off Alistair Gallaugher, FS Chas Ainscough,
Sgt Dave Bernard, Cpl Norman Poole, SACs Hugh
Curran and Troop Smith. Recovery of personnel
and equipment of 43 Squadron (Phantoms) from
Holland to UK after a squadron exchange
July
Exercise Belted Flyer
Leconfield, UK
Flt Lt Brian Clucas, FS Taff Thomas, SACs Bob
Thacker & Bob Ford. Deployment of personnel
and equipment of 11 Squadron (Lightnings) from
UK to Malta
August
Special
Nandi, Fiji to UK
Flt Lt Chris Twyman, FS John Evans, Cpl George
Lynes, SACs Tony Gale & Tony Moore plus 1.
Recovery of personnel and equipment from 39
Squadron (Canberras) from Fiji to UK
4-31 August
Operation Sahel Cascade
Senegal and Central Africa
Flt Lt Brian Clucas, FS Taff Thomas, Sgt Ivan
Gervais, Cpl Tommy Blues, SACs Bob Ford & Bob
Thacker.  Airlift 4,000 tons of grain from Senegal
to the Sahel region of Central Africa
August
Flood Relief
UK to Lahore, Pakistan
Floods struck Pakistan in August 1973 and it
wasn't long before 2 VC10s and 2 Belfasts were
on their way to Lahore, loaded with relief
supplies. The Pakistani army were in abundance
at Lahore Airport to offload the aircraft under the
supervision of Fg Off Pete Arnold and his team.
August
Special
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA to UK
Flt Lt Jock McKay, SAC Keri Eynon plus 1.
Recovery of 4 x Spey, 1 x Nimbus and 1 x Gnome
aero engines (ex- HMS Ark Royal) from Florida to
UK
21-27 August
Red Cross Flood Relief
UK to Karachi, Pakistan
Flt Lt Gerry Keyworth, FS Bob Hope plus 4.
Delivery of relief supplies to Pakistan
September
Special
Wildenrath, Germany to Leeming,
UK
Fg Off Steve Richmond, FS Al Storey, Sgt Ben
Johnson, Cpl Gerry Phelan, SAC Dinger Bell plus
1. Recovery of 48 Squadron RAF Regt (Tigercat)
from Germany to UK
September
Exercise Pale Jade
Coningsby, UK
Flt Lt Bob Burdett, FS Dave Eggleton, Sgt Syd
Avery, Cpl Jim Gallagher plus 3. Recovery of
personnel and equipment of 54 Squadron
(Phantoms) to Coningsby from Tengah
September
Exercise Quick Shave
Wattisham to Predannack, UK
Flt Lt Gordon Townsend, Sgt Dave Wright, Cpls
Geordie Sanderson & Ian Berry, SACs Dave Moss
& Dave Cromb. Deployment of ARI Cabin from 1
ACC Wattisham to Culdrose satellite airfield
September
Special
UK to Sao Paulo, Brazil
Flt Lt Mike Collins, FS Reg Carey, Sgt Eddy
Leonard, Cpl Dave Wilkins, SACs Polly Parkin &
Terry Fryer. Deployment of Harrier to Brazil for
Sales Demo
October
Special
Sao Paolo, Brazil to UK
Fg Off Alistair Gallaugher, FS Chas Dalgleish, Sgt
Dave Bernard, Cpl Don Stewart, SACs Troop
Smith and Hugh Curran. Recovery of Harrier
aircraft from Brazil to UK on Belfast task 9031.
October
Squadron Exchange
Orange, France to Binbrook, UK
Fg Off Tim Leaning, FS Dave Eggleton, Sgt Syd
Avery, JT Ted Moore, SAC Jimmy Barr plus 1.
recovery of 11 Squadron (Lightnings) from France
to Binbrook
October
Special
Brize Norton, UK to Goa, India
Flt Lt Gerry Keyworth, Sgt DK Henderson, Cpl
Ian Berry, SACs Boot Pratt, Ian Place and Tim
Newstead. Delivery of Sea King helicopters from
Brize to Goa for the Indian Navy on Belfast tasks
9416/9356
26-31 October
UN Peacekeepers (Yom Kippur)
Egypt
Movement of UN Peacekeepers after the Yom
Kippur war
27 October - December
Karachi, Pakistan to Bangladesh &
return
FSgt Dave Barton, Sgt Bob Turner and Cpls Hugh
Curran and Jack Gordon. Assistance to UN and
Red Cross in transferring refugees between East
Pakistan and Bangladesh
October
Exercise Varnish
UK to Sharjah, UAE
Fg Off Tony Willis, FS Tony Barrell, Sgt Bob
Turner, SACs Jim Marchant & Boot Pratt.
Deployment of 1 Bn Coldstream Guards and
elements of AAC to UAE
October
Special
UK to Goa, India
Flt Lt Alistair Gallaugher, FS Chas Dalgleish, Sgt
Dave Bernard, Cpl Carson, SACs Hugh Curran &
Troop Smith. Delivery of Sea King helicopter to
India for Indian Navy
November
Special
Valley, UK to Wattisham, UK
Fg Off Tony Willis, Sgt Bob Turner, Cpl Norman
Booth, SACs Boot Pratt and Jim Marchant.
Recovery of personnel and equipment of 29
Squadron (Phantoms) from Valley to Wattisham
November
Exercise Absalom Express
Denmark to Wittering, UK
Flt Lt Jock McKay, FS John Evans, Cpl George
Lynes, SACs Jack Gordon and Chris Cahill.
Recovery of 1 Squadron (Harriers) from Denmark
to Wittering
November
Exercise Fincastle
UK to Woomera, Luqa, Malta to
Edinburgh Field and return to UK
Flt Lts Gus Hatter and Bob Burdett. FS Roy
Armstrong, Sgt Ross McKerron, Cpl Ian Berry and
SAC Bob Tring. Deployment of Rapier Trials
equipment from UK to Woomera. Deployment of
203 Squadron (Nimrods) from Luqa to Edinburgh
Field and recovery of Jindiviks and SeaDart
missiles from Adelaide to UK on Belfast task
9418.
November
Exercise Knee Run
Honington, UK
Fg Off Pete Arnold, FS Merv Corke, SACs Keri
Eynon & Fred Kitts. Deployment of personnel
and equipment of 12 Squadron (Buccaneers) to
Lossiemouth
November
Missex
West Raynham, UK to Germany and
return
Flt Lt Gerry Keyworth, FS Bob Hope, Sgt DK
Henderson, Cpl Jimmy Jones, SACs Ian Place &
Tim Newstead. Rotation of 25 Squadron
(Bloodhound Missiles) between UK and Germany
December
Special
Fairford to Tangiers, Morocco
Flt Lt Gordon Townsend, Sgt Dave Wright, Cpl
Geordie Sanderson, SACs Dave Moss plus1.
deployment of Concorde support equipment from
Fairford to Tangiers
December
MOD Special
UK to Halim, Indonesia
Fg Off Brian Hunt, FS Al Storey, Sgt Ben
Johnston, Cpl Gerry Phelan, SACs Dinger Bell &
Gordon. Deployment of 2 x Scorpion CVRTs to
Indonesia for MOD Sales Team
December
Exercise Trout Bench
Wittering, UK
Fg Off Tim Leaning, FS Dave Eggleton, Sgt John
Bell, JT Ted Moore, SAC Jimmy Barr plus 1.
Deployment of 1 Squadron (Harriers) from UK to
Decimomannu
December
Special
Halim, Indonesia to UK
Fg Off Brian Hunt, FS Al Storey, Sgt Ben
Johnson, Cpl Gerry Phelan, SACs Dinger Bell
and Hoppy Porter. Recovery of Scorpion CVRTs
and Sales Team from Indonesia to UK