ROYAL AIR FORCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, 1944-1945.
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Hadrami civilians picking up grain dropped during the unloading of food supplies from aircraft of the RAF Famine Relief Flight at El Qatn in the Hadhramaut region of the British Aden Protectorate.
During 1943 and 1944, the Hadhramaut was hit badly by drought and a loss of foreign remittances, leading to starvation and the death of some 10,000 people in the region. In May 1944 the Famine Relief Flight, consisting of eight aircraft, was established at Riyan, moving to Khormaksar, Aden, the following month. The flight airlifted a daily total of 24 tons of grain into el Qatn, from where it was taken by RAF transport and camel train to soup kitchens set up in the towns.
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