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Cryptonym: JMADD

Definition:
Retalhuleu Air Base, used for air training at the time of the Bay of Pigs. Also known as Rayo Base or as MADD.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
JMTRAV or TRAV was the ground training base in Guatemala. http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=146517&search=jmadd_AND+PRISONERS#relPageId=39&tab=page
Sources:

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume I: Air Operations, March 1960 - April 1961 Current Section: A. Organization and Management

Retalhuleu Air Base, used for air training at the time of the Bay of Pigs, was known as JMADD.

Dr. Joe F. Leeker, "Air America at the Bay of Pigs", pp. 2-3, http://www.utdallas.edu/library/specialcollections/hac/cataam/Leeker/history/BayOfPigs.pdf

JMADD was called "Rayo Base" by the Cubans. The base was also used "to supply the Cuban exile force that was training in the mountains on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala at 'Trax Base'". JMADD was located 33 miles from the Pacific Coast and 3 miles from Retalhuleu.

104-10162-10101: CABLE RE AMBIDDY-1 AND TEAM SHOULD PROCEED WAVE ASAP.

2/6/61 BELL cable from REDACTED WH/4/SA/ECON to JMRAND, JMADD, et al, slugline JMZIP AMHAZE JMCLEAR LADKUM: "AMBIDDY-1 and team should proceed WAVE ASAP. ES-54-134 will arrive MADD 9 Feb and proceed RAND to return (AMBIDDY-1 and team) to MADD for transfer to ES-54-135 for flight to JMFIG...For MADD: While AMBIDDY-1 and team at MADD they should be held secure area incommunicado and to prevent disclosure (of AMBIDDY-1 presence in USA)..For WAVE: WAVE should arrange to fly (AMBIDDY-1 to HQs) ASAP after arrival FIG with notice to (BELL) of (AMBIDDY-1's estimated time of arrival at HQs)...For JMRAND: "Identify members of AMBIDDY-1 team to BELL SECUR so as to arrange S.P. with ODURGE/INS." See 104-10162-10100: 2/7/61, AMBIDDY-1 suggests "(the) following two infiltration teams leave JMRYE with him as they likely (to) be most discontented after his departure: 2516, 2520?, 2531, 2725, 2525, 2731 and 2533."

104-10162-10099: CABLE RE AMBIDDY-1 AND SEVEN TEAM MEMBERS

2/8/61 cable DIR 24219 from WH/4/Security J. Kennedy to JMADD: "For RAND: Concur...request re AMBIDDY-1 and seven team members." Secure trip to JMFIG is the focus. "For MADD: AMBIDDY-1 and team will be joined on (ES-54-135) by AMPANIC-7 and his two man team for return to FIG. AMPANIC-7 and team must be compartmented in crew area to prevent AMBIDDY-1 team and AMPANIC-7 team from seeing each other. BELL AMHAZE suggests (CIA) rep Thompson (A) with AMPANIC-7 team be used enroute FIG to ensure compartmentation...Please arrange appropriate handling (of) AMPANIC-7 team to fly A-7 and team and Jackson (A) to HQs ASAP..." Seven sets of initials are given for A-1's team, two sets for A-7's team. SP numbers range from 673 to 743."

104-10162-10098: CABLE RE SEVEN AGENTS MENTIONED IN PARA 5 REF A NOT AMBIDDY-1'S TEAM MEMBERS

2/8/61 cable from JMRAND to BELL: "Seven agents mentioned (in previous cable DIR 24219, above) are not repeat not AMBIDDY-1's team members...Must send A-1's team members in accord (with RAND 194). Desire send additional seven agents cited (DIR 24219, above, and RAND 204) if HQs occurs. Total pax would then be AMBIDDY-1 and his team members 2535, 2821, 2616, 2576, 2768 plus two additional teams consisting of 2516, 2520, 2581, 2705, 2525, 2701, 2586 and two conducting officers Mr. REDACTED and AEDEPOT person Mr. REDACTED. Note that (RAND 194) trainees 2508 and 2517 are w/t operators who departed JMRYE 5 January for training (in) HQs area."

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