RAF Britannias began flying 600 British troops to Kenya July 27 - a precautionary measure to reinforce the military reserves there.
Colchester - Troops strap on packs, pack bags, receive packet meals; troops march to coaches, board coaches; soldier says farewell to family; coach leaves. Lyneham Airport - Aircraft, troops rest play cards; commanding officer with reporters; parade & march to aircraft; interior, troops seated; aircraft ready & take off.
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Background: RAF Britannias began flying 600 British troops to Kenya July 27 - a precautionary measure to reinforce the military reserves there. The first of the 600 - men from the First Battalion, Duke of Wellington's Regiment - set off from their barracks at Colchester Essex for the airlift from Lyneham Airport, Wiltshire.
Meanwhile U.N. Secretary-General Hammarskjoeld left Brussels for the Congo where the U.N. Force already totals 9,000 men. Belgium said again their troops would be withdrawn from the Congo only when civilians could be sure of complete safety. In Washington, the Congolese Prime Minister, Mr. Lumumba began talks on economic aid with the Government and World Bank. Mr. Lumumba, in financial straits himself, received assistance from the United Nations Organization to pay for his bills while in the U.S.