New Book : Ex 21 SAS who served with Rhodesian SAS & Sealous Scouts

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Where and when is the talk?

A mate who is ex-Selous chopper pilot is due back in UK soon, he might be interested in attending.
 
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Where and when is the talk?

A mate who is ex-Selous chopper pilot is due back in UK soon, he might be interested in attending.
Selous chopper pilot? What does that mean? All Rhodesian chopper pilots were in the Rhodesian Air Force, which was too small to give dedicated support to any one unit .The helicopter squadrons, which for most of the war numbered only one (No 7, with Alouettes, though large than an average sqn; in 1978/79 No 8 was formed with Hueys), had to provide support for all army and police units.
 
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Either the IWM or Nat Army museum - will pm you with contact details/dates/timings/etc
A quick 'heads up' - don't get him started on parachuting. Met this author at a recent IWM book launch.
 
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If aging memory serves me correctly he went into business with Bob MacKenzie for a while, fortunately for him he didn't go the same way.
Cranking my memory into action with the dubious assistance of another glass of red wine Mike Borlace wasn't actually in business with Bob MacKenzie. GSG, Mike Borlace's company had a contract with the Sierra Leone Government who were employing Bob MacKenzie. Either way Mike Borlace is a real charicter, a lecture by him would be well worth listening to.
 
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Not the Jim Hooper 'Koevoet' one?..He was there then, along with Peter Macleese and Martin Windrow.

I'll thought that Jim was the free fall junkie?....over 3,500 jumps
Yup that's the one. Jim just about got it out of his system in 1984 when he sold 'Z' Hills jump centre in Florida. Having said that, Jim's next book venture is on 'current' operational parachute entry operations and is due to train with some baby SEALS on their F/F phase to get him back into the groove.

As for Paul's question to Jim - " Do you miss parachuting? Don't you feel that there's a big hole in your life? "

Paul, P...L...U...EE...S..E.......... !!!
 
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Mike Borlace is the Selous chopper pilot 4(T) is refering to. Air Force and Selous Scouts. Served in both.
And once captured a steam train with his helicopter and forced it to trundle over the border. Good Stuff!
 
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Yup that's the one. Jim just about got it out of his system in 1984 when he sold 'Z' Hills jump centre in Florida. Having said that, Jim's next book venture is on 'current' operational parachute entry operations and is due to train with some baby SEALS on their F/F phase to get him back into the groove.

As for Paul's question to Jim - " Do you miss parachuting? Don't you feel that there's a big hole in your life? "

Paul, P...L...U...EE...S..E.......... !!!


I was there, sitting at the back looking shifty.

I'll wear my ARRSE Tie next time, so you can recognise me and get me in a headlock!


I liked the 'currently serving WO11 from Para Reg' comments to the Koevoet Op re tracking the terrs, who quickly reminded him that they were a Police tracking Unit and 'upheld the law' - in the best possible taste of course.

I've mentioned Jim's next book to our Mate Andrew McNabbes, to see if if he wanted to contribute, he is currently playing in the sand, so we'll see.
 
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I was there, sitting at the back looking shifty.

I'll wear my ARRSE Tie next time, so you can recognise me and get me in a headlock!


I liked the 'currently serving WO11 from Para Reg' comments to the Koevoet Op re tracking the terrs, who quickly reminded him that they were a Police tracking Unit and 'upheld the law' - in the best possible taste of course.

I've mentioned Jim's next book to our Mate Andrew McNabbes, to see if if he wanted to contribute, his currently playing in the sand so we'll see.

I was sat with Peter Mac and co. Were you aware that the 'tracker' gent had flown in from SA to hear Jim's talk and was departing early doors the following morning back to SA? We all went across to a pub just opposite IWM, the group including the Para WO2 and his RSM whom I'd met on another ocassion, for a few beers and the craic was good. Paul was with his wife and couldn't make the rv.

Gungy3 if you are reading this - Jim Hooper is looking for 'The Dane' if you can assist?
 
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I was sat with Peter Mac and co. Were you aware that the 'tracker' gent had flown in from SA to hear Jim's talk and was departing early doors the following morning back to SA? We all went across to a pub just opposite IWM, the group including the Para WO2 and his RSM whom I'd met on another ocassion, for a few beers and the craic was good. Paul was with his wife and couldn't make the rv.

Gungy3 if you are reading this - Jim Hooper is looking for 'The Dane' if you can assist?


Yup, was behind and to the rear of you. Had to get somewhere after, so couldn't make the pub. Sounds like it may have been the 3 Stags where I'd RV'd with a couple of ex RGJ Bods a few hours earlier. Would have liked to have had a beer with everyone...maybe next time.

The fella sitting up with Jim and asking the ques was an ex Greenjacket.
 

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