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I an ex member of both 7 and 8 Squadron's of the Rhodesian war spending most of my operational time on Seven Squadron as a K Car gunner. I was credited for shooting down a fixed wing aircraft from a K Car on the 9 August 1979. This blog is from articles for research on a book which I HAVE HANDED THIS MANUSCRIPT OVER TO MIMI CAWOOD WHO WILL BE HANDLING THE PUBLICATION OF THE BOOK OF WHICH THERE WILL BE VERY LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE Contact her on yebomimi@gmail.com The latest news is that the Editing is now done and we can expect to start sales and deliveries by the end of April 2011

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

THE YELLOW SUBMARINE


In 1975 The Rhodesian Air Force operated an Alouette 3 helicopter in Mocambique around the Malvernia and Troposcater area in the "Russian Front".

This Alouette was painted the same colour Yellow as a similar helicopter which was flown by the Mocambiquans and was dubbed The Yellow submarine.

I know that JR Blythe Wood and Dick Paxton flew missions in this helicopter.

I would be grateful for more information on this helicopter and its role and basically anything that is of interest.

Beaver

1 comment:

  1. Howzit,

    The following from PB's book Winds of destruction

    YELLOW SUBMARINE



    Selous Scouts were committed to using noisy vehicles and experienced a variety of difficulties in their attempts to render the rail line from Maputo to the border town of Malvernia inoperable. Then, whilst they were working on this difficult task, they noticed that a yellow Alouette III came up the rail line from Maputo and turned northwards along the Cabora Bassa power line. Radio intercepts on FRELIMO’s radio network soon established that this was a regular run for a Maputo-based engineer to inspect a section of the power lines running from Cabora Bass to South Africa. Intercepted messages also showed that all FRELIMO posts were told not to shoot at the yellow Alouette. Ron Reid-Daly approached Norman Walsh to see if Air HQ would consider painting one of our own Alouettes canary yellow so that rail and train destruction parties and recce teams could fly unchallenged directly to their selected targets. Norman sorted this out without delay and John Blythe-Wood flew the aircraft, nicknamed Yellow Submarine, from its secret covers at New Sarum for a night flight to the Selous Scouts forward HQ. The rail wreckers enjoyed a trouble free period until FRELIMO finally tumbled to what was happening.

    Hope this helps

    Cheers

    Neil

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I welcome comments from everyone on my book Choppertech.
I am interested especially on hearing from former ZANLA and ZIPRA combatants who also have thier story to tell.