Jack Malloch’s Spitfire

Who was Jack Malloch ? WW2 Spitfire pilot in the RAF - he served in the same 237 ( Rhodesia ) Squadron as Ian Smith and like him was shot down over Italy and evaded capture with the help of the partisans- serial airline entrepreneur ( his first company specialised in flying fresh fish into Rhodesia ), daredevil cargo pilot who would almost literally fly anything anywhere, sanctions buster, gun runner , Rhodesian Air Force reservist officer who flew his own DC-7 on many operations including parachute drops ( a role the aircraft was never designed for ) . Wars, coups , revolutions, famines - if there was trouble in Africa or the Middle East in the 60s and 70s, Jack Malloch was probably involved. The Congo, Nigeria, Benin, the Yemen, the Comores and many other places , Malloch did it all .

But most of all he loved flying . This is the story of the Spitfire Mk 22 rotting away as a gate guard that Malloch, some dedicated Rhodesian Air Force technicians, and the staff of his own company Affretair lovingly restored and brought back to the skies. Jack Malloch’s flying career pretty much started in a Spitfire - and ended in one too.



 
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You may be right about the DC-7 (last of the piston powered beasties) but he most certainly had a DC-8 (a 4 engined jet somewhat similar to a B707) which was used on some cross-border operations in support of Rhodesian armed forces.
 
Yeah I forgot about the DC-8. Here is an account of one of the ops the DC-7 was used on :


And another :

 
Yeah I forgot about the DC-8. Here is an account of one of the ops the DC-7 was used on :


And another :

Here's a photo of the DC-8 I took on 1979 :-

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Here is a bad photo of the man himself :-

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One of the aeroplane itself :-

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