By Daniel L. Haulman
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Operations: Situated in a remote subarctic region about 130 miles northeast of Goose Bay, Labrador, the fishing hamlet of Makkovik depended on supplies stored in its warehouse to sustain it through long six-month winters, when maritime supply routes were blocked by ice. In late January 1948, fire destroyed Makkovik’s warehouse and much of the village, consuming most of its food, clothing, and medical supplies, including precious penicillin stocks. The fire also destroyed the shortwave radios that provided Makkovik’s 136 inhabitants with communications to the outside world.
Emergency: Heavy rain over western Virginia and adjacent areas caused flash flooding in the Cumberland River Valley region. Air Force Organization(s) Involved: 2231st and 2259th Air Reserve Flying Centers and 757th Trp Carr Sq. 4 tons of cots and blankets. Aircraft Employed: C–46 (five). Operations: A severe winter storm at the end of January dropped heavy rain over the mountains of eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia, western Virginia, and northeastern Tennessee. Rivers such as the Cumberland, Kentucky, and Clinch flash flooded at least 19 towns, including 8 in Kentucky and 8 in Virginia.
Eighteen First Air Force C–47 aircraft flew morphine, pick axes, portable fire extinguishers, and 22 miles of fire hose from Mitchel AFB to the Bangor airport for distribution to firefighters, while the 14th Ftr Gp at Dow AFB flew reconnaissance missions over the fires to help direct evacuations. On October 24, a 5th Rscu Sq C–82 transported three water pump tank trailers from Westover AFB, Massachusetts, to Portland, Maine. The next day, two C–47s moved 11,000 feet of fire hose from Schenectady, New York, to Presque Isle, Maine.