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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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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fireforce Scenery and Rhodesia 1976-80

Crossing the Zambezi into Zambia external op

On 15 May 1973 four tourists exploring the Victoria Falls were shot at from the Zambian side (two Americans and two Canadians) the two Canadians were killed. The Canadians were outraged and called for a boycott of Zambia but nothing came of it. Victoria Falls was a destination for our Fireforce on a number of occasions and some of these stories are recorded in Choppertech. A minefield was also built around the town which exists to this day.

Vila Salazaar (ABOVE)-always on the news and being stonked by the gooks -it was a police camp and village on the border with Mocambique opposite Malvernia -a really HOT area during the war and fiercely contested

Crooks Corner (Pafuri) border between Rhodesia and Mocambique -Part of "The Russian Front"

Mtarazi Falls -anyone on Fireforce based in Grand Reef will remember flying past these falls on call-outs

Lundi River Bridge -a dangerous place to be as a white man 1976-80 and an area where we had many firefights especially with 2 RAR Fireforce

Leopard Rock Hotel 1977 -was subjected to a ZALA terrorist attack

Lake Kyle 1976 -just outside Fort Victoria -we had many contacts in this area and in the surrounding tribal trust lands.

Chimanimani Mountains 1977 7Squadron did mountain flying training here

K Car overhead Bulawayo -self and Mike Borlace en route to Victoria Falls 1978

Beitbridge 1976 -crossing this bridge to emigrate to SA was known as The Beitbridge 500.

1 comment:

  1. The photo of the car on this page seems to have South African registration number!!! South Africans emigrating to Rhodesia?


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.