Operation TOKYO

International Operation Name: n/a

International Operation Dates: n/a

Mandating Organization: Government of Canada

Region Name: Asia            

Location: Japan                   

Canadian Operation Name: Operation TOKYO

Canadian Operation Dates: 26 July to 2 September 1947

Mission Mandate: To transport Canadian dignitaries to Tokyo, Japan, to discuss the resumption of trade and develop Canadian policy on the Japanese Peace Settlement.

Mission Notes: In 1947, the head of the United Nations Occupation Force in Japan, U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, invited retired Canadian Second World War General H.D.G. Crerar to visit Japan. The government took this opportunity to send a delegation to Japan with the purpose of reopening trade, and in discussion with Allied officers in Japan, to help develop Canadian policy towards the Japanese Peace Settlement. General Crerar was the head of the delegation.

On 26 July, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft from No. 168 Heavy Transport Squadron departed Rockcliffe at Ottawa. The aircraft took seven days to reach Tokyo, as it stopped each day. The delegation stayed in Japan until 20 August, at which time it flew to Nanking, and later Canton, China. The return flight started on 25 August, with the aircraft returning to Rockcliffe on 2 September. 

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