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Cryptonym: BINGO

Definition:
Operation Bingo was scheduled to take place before or around the time of the Bay of Pigs invasion, in April of 1961. Coincided with Operations Jean IV, Megano and Teabag. It was an infiltration mission.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Like other such operations, Operation Bingo appeared to be postponed or cancelled. A cable on April 18, 1961, stated that a AMHAZE team was due to be infiltrated into Cuba via Operation Bingo.
Sources:

104-10172-10437: CABLE: REQUEST AUTHORITY RUN OPERATIONS JEAN IV AND BINGO

04/02/61: Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP/JEAN IV/BINGO: "1. Request authority run Operations JEAN IV and BINGO per format WAVE 2174 (IN 15542): A. Unidad Revolucionario and MDC. B. Tejana, a 110 foot subchaser. C. JEAN IV - beach landing. BINGO - INRA sand barge...E...BINGO - N2130 W7637 which is 7 miles north Puerto Padre...M. Cargo listed para two ref plus 30,000 rounds M-1 rifle ammo...3. Tentatively plan new OPN MEGANO II night 7 April as requested via NOTLOX. Plan obtain large fishing boat to transport ten to twenty tons cargo to N2250 W7810 which is north of Cayo Guincho where it will rendezvous with Tejana afternoon of 7 April. Tejana will escort the fishing boat to N2233 W7813 for MEGANO II rendezvous with a large INRA coal barge. Will advise. CS Comment: *Listed cargo Tejana carrying."

104-10172-10436: CABLE: OPN JEAN IV DELAYED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

04/04/61: Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP BINGO: "1. OPN JEAN IV delayed until further notice. 2. Tejana will depart Key West 041700Z run OPN BINGO. FOLL check points will be used...L. Moored north of Guinchos Cay awaiting rendezvous with boat Mary F...C/S Comment: *Requested permission run OPN JEAN IV and BINGO."

104-10172-10435: CABLE: PLS PASS FOLL TO TEJANA: 2 DRUMS OIL ABOARD MARY

04/06/61: Cable from JMWAVE to JMRIMM: Slugline JMZIP ZRPERUSAL BINGO COMMO: "PLS pass FOLL to Tejana: 2 drums oil aboard Mary F. which delayed due mechanical trouble. You should plan run PAREDON OPN night 7 April."

104-10172-10056: CABLE TEJANA IS ONLY WAVE VESSEL CAPABLE TEABAG OPN

04/14/61: Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: "1. Re (REDACTION) telecon 13 Apr. A. Tejana is only WAVE vessel capable TEABAG OPN. Owner vessel planning deliver OPN BINGO cargo O/A 19 Apr. If TEABAG considered more important WAVE will endeavor convince Tejana owner to delay BINGO. B. WAVE requires replacement for Mr. (REDACTION) to continue technical training of TEABAG team. 2. Advise."

104-10172-10055: CABLE SUBJECT HQS CONCURRENCE JMWAVE PLANS JOIN WAVE

04/18/61: Cable from JMWAVE to BELL: Slugline JMZIP AMHAZE BINGO COMMO: "1. Subject HQs concurrence JMWAVE plans join WAVE procured radop (REDACTION) to AMHAZE team to be infiltrated via OPN BINGO. (REDACTION) has POA and formerly utilized as boat radop on OPN MEGANO. 2. BINGO planned infil Puerto Padre to filter over Holguin for Oriente operations. Tejana is only WAVE vessel capable TEABAG OPN."

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Gavin McDonald

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