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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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Sunday, August 17, 2008

RHODESIAN PRIDE


Extracted from African Crisis
[Photo] My Brother in the Rhodesian SAS at only 17
Date Posted: Saturday 17-Jun-2006
Here is a yellowed newspaper clipping my mother kept from Rhodesia from 1962. At the time, my brother decided to quit school. (I was also a high school dropout, and I left school, got on a plane and joined the S.African Navy at the age of 17). My brother is the real soldier in the family though. (I'm completely useless!) At the age of 17, my brother got his wings in the Rhodesian SAS (which was an extension of the British SAS). At 17, I think he was the youngest ever to get his wings.

During his training, he and others had to jump out of planes and navigate their way through the African bush in countries like Zambia and Malawi. Not long after this, by brother was sent to the north of Zambia, because of the fighting which was going on in what is now the DRC (formerly Zaire). The Rhodesian SAS had to sneak into the DRC to watch the fighting, and to see to it that it would not spread into Zambia which was then still under Colonial rule.

In later years, my brother had a very successful engineering business in Rhodesia. My brother then ended up at the other end of the scale as an "old soldier". My brother was still doing callups and fighting in the Rhodesian bush at the age of 35! In one of his last contacts, he told me he was the machine-gunner for his "stick" (a unit of 4-5 men), and they were dropped by helicopter into a contact (fireforce), which raged all day long. At the end of the day they had killed 32 terrorists. Jan

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