Op Shoveller 21 Sep - 8 Oct 1970

Operation Shoveller involved 2 teams from NEAF MAMS. They were tasked with handling Hercules and Argosy aircraft form 70 Sqn Akrotiri and CL44 from a civilian airline, Tradewinds. The aircraft flew troops and equipment to Amman to help keep peace in Jordan after an attempt was made to over thrown King Hussain of Jordan by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. For their part in the Op, the teams were presented with The People of Jordan's Medal. This was on display in the Sqn before the move to RAF Brize Norton..




The People of Jordan's Medal presented to the Near East Air Mobile Air movements flight in October 1970. It was given in gratitude for the NEAF MAMS handling of the relief airlift utilising Hercules and Argosy aircraft of No 70 Sqn and CL44 aircraft owned by Tradewinds into Amman resulting from a Palestine Liberation Organisations plot to oust King Hussain of Jordan.


The plaque includes the names of the NEAF MAMS personnel involved on the relief operation. It was formerly handed over to the United Kingdom Mobile Air Movements Squadron in January 1987 by Flight Sergeant (formerly SAC) Marlow on his retirement from the Royal Air Force.






Names shown are:


Flt Lt James
FS Ainslough
Sgt Henderson
Cpl Wood
SAC Stevens
SAC Husband


FO Wood
FS Hudson
Sgt Lister
Cpl Turner
SAC Marlow
SAC Barfield

Sgt Mason

Photo (C) John Belcher