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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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Tuesday, September 2, 2008


The life and times of Jack Malloch

Event Timeline

1920 to 1943
Jack is born in Durban SA – Oct 1920
The Malloch family move to Umtali in Rhodesia – 1925
Jack attends boarding school in Somerset West – 1933
Jack is withdrawn from school and starts working in a garage as a mechanic – 1935
Jack gets his drivers license and starts working for the Railways as a driver – 1936
World War Two is declared – Sept 1939
Jack is accepted into the Royal Air Force - 1943
Jack receives his Wings and is sent to War – Dec 1943

1945 to 1962
Jack is shot down and wounded behind enemy lines. He is hidden from the Germans by the Partizans – Feb 1945
Jack returns to the squadron after being flown out of his mountain hiding place and having recovered in hospital – April 45
Jack marries Zoe Coventry in Salisbury – January 1948
The first ‘Spitfire Ferry’ from the UK to Southern Rhodesia. Jack is one of the pioneering pilots – March 1951
Jack and Jamie Marshall establish ‘Fish Air’ - March 1952
Jack and Jamie sell Fish Air to Hunting Clan. Jack is retained as a pilot by Hunting Clan - Oct 1955
Jack establishes Rhodesian Air Services (RAS) and starts working for Tsombe in Katanga – 1960
The UN shoots down one of Jack’s RAS DC-3’s in Katanga - July 1962

1963 to 1967
Katanga is defeated by the UN and surrenders, becoming a province of the Congo – January 1963
Jack’s RAS is involved in gun-running in the Yemen – 1963/64
Tshombe returns from exile and is invited back to the Congo as Prime Minister – June 1964
Jack starts working for Tsombe again and flies in support of Mike Hoare against the Congo rebels – Aug to Nov 1964
Rhodesia declares UDI from Britain – Nov 1965
Jack established Air Trans Africa (ATA) - January 1965
Jack’s ATA first becomes involved in Rhodesian sanctions-busting – 1966/67
Biafra declares independence from Nigeria and the Nigeria Civil War begins – May 1967

1967 to 1973
The ‘Mercenaries Revolt is launched in the Congo with the news that Tshombe has been kidnapped. Jack flies re-supply missions for Schramme’s
column of mercenaries – July to November 1967
Jack makes his first gun-running flight into Biafra – July 1967
Jack and his DC-7 crew are jailed when landing in Togo with a cargo of 9 tons of Nigerian banknotes – January to June 1968
Jack and ATA make nightly weapons flights into Biafra – July 1967 to January 1970
Biafra is finally defeated – January 1970.
Jack establishes Afro-Continental Airways – January 1970.
Jack’s ATA, with a fleet of Gabonese registered aircraft, becomes heavily involved in Rhodesian sanctions-busting – 1970 to 1980
The UK’s Sunday Times runs a front page expose on ‘Tango Romeo’ – August 1973

1976 to 1978
Britain makes their third complaint to the UN about Jack Malloch and his sanctions-busting airline - May 1976
Jack is called up as a reservist to the Rhodesian Air Force. Jack and his DC-7 aircraft become very involved in Rhodesian military operations and long
range parachute drops – January 1977
Jack’s DC-7 flies Bob Denard into Cotonou where he launches a coup attempt. It fails – January 1977
Jack pilots the Rhodesians largest SAS HALO para-drop over Mocambique – October 1977.
Jack is involved in the very successful ‘Operation Dingo’ with the Rhodesian Army and Air Force – November 1977
Jack starts to renovate the old Rhodesian Air Force Spitfire Mk 22 that has been on a plinth as a gate-guard for over 20 years - 1978
Jack’s CL-44 is intercepted by two MiGs over Angola and has to escape through the mountains – May 1978
Jack brings back a 30kg coelacanth from the Comores – July 1978

1979 to 1982
Jack is very involved in the SAS bridge-blowing ‘Operation Cheese’ in north-eastern Zambia – September 1979
Jack makes the first flight in the renovated Spitfire Mk 22 – March 1980
Jack’s CL-44 is destroyed by fire at Salisbury airport – February 1982.
Jack is killed while flying the Spitfire Mk 22 on the last day of filming the documentary ‘Pursuit of a Dream’ – March 1982.

Details of how to obtain a copy of the book are available on the Jack Malloch Tango Romeo website

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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.