Operation FISH EGGS

International Operation Name: not applicable

International Operation Dates:  not applicable

Mandating Organization: Government of Canada

Region Name:  Europe

Location:  Italy

Canadian Operation Name: Operation FISH EGGS

Canadian Operation Dates: 1962/05/20  - 1962/05/25

Mission Mandate: RCAF was tasked to transport 300,000 Canadian Rainbow Trout eggs to a fish hatchery in Sardinia, Italy.

Mission Notes: 

In 1957, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) established with the German and Italian Air Forces the Air Weapons Unit (AWU) Decimomannu in Sardinia Island, Italy, to train pilots for live firing practices over the Mediterranean. In response to the kindness and hospitality shown RCAF personnel by Mr Catte who extended the use of his lands for camping and his lake (Flumendosa) for fishing, the Minister of National Defence, Douglas Scott Harkness, and Minister of Fisheries Mr Angus MacLean, arranged to forward 300,000 Canadian rainbow trout eggs.  Mr Catte operated a fish hatchery near the AWU.   The RCAF used a Fairchild CC-119 Flying Boxcar to transport the fish eggs. 


Description: Richard Evans, 8, went with his father and Cpl. Jerry LeRoy to inspect the Sardinia Royal Nuraghe of torralba, built of lava stone, around 700 BC. There are over 7,000 of these unique fortresses on the island and their age varies between 2,000 and 300 BC.

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