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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, August 7, 2008


The photograph above is of the tailboom from Dick Paxton and Alec Wesson's Bell 205 helicopter which was shot down on Operation Uric in 1979. Alec was killed instantly and Dick rescued from the wreckage by a member of the SAS.The tailboom is near Chokwe in Mocambique on the Limpopo River (Gaza Province) and was photographed by Kevin Pitzer.It is placed in the only traffic circle in the town and at the time it was photographed was surrounded by freshly painted rocks (white) depicting victory with Communist stars. There were also several rocky white painted mounds dotted with red which could have marked the graves of people killed during the battle.
If anyone has any more information or photographs please let me know.
Beaver Shaw

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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.