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Drop Zone Borneo (ePub)

Life and Times of an RAF Co-Pilot Far East 1962-65

Aviation Modern Warfare Post WWII Aviation Military

By Roger Annett
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
File Size: 6.7 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 36
ISBN: 9781781596111
eBook Released: 22nd November 2010


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In 1963 the Indonesian Army that threatened Borneo numbered 330,000 men, plus three thousand Commandos. Of these, six thousand were within 20 miles of the Borneo frontier. This grew to thirteen thousand in early 1965. From mid-way through 1964, British troops and their allies who were defending the border started to make offensive incursions into Indonesian Borneo - these operations were codenamed "Claret".

Taken into account the confrontational nature of the campaign, casulaties sustained in Borneo were surprisingly light. That in the whole of the Borneo campaign there were no fatalities among the RAF supply-dropping transports was extraordinary. The border area between the Indonesian and Malaysian parts of Borneo was one of the most inaccessible areas of mountainous jungle anywhere in the world
- an entire army was kept supplied in the field for the complete campaign. This is the exciting account from a pilot who flew the dangerous flying missions and relates the tenseness and stresses of Jungle life in those dangerous days.

Flew with 215 Squadron, co-piloting Argosy transport aircraft deep over jungle terrain from 1963 to 65. He served with the RAF from 1962 to 1967 before joining the computer industry. He lives in Buckinghamshire and has various articles published in Industrial and local magazines.

This is an interesting view of a neglected aspect of RAF transport activity and is a very readable account of what it was like to have to operate in very difficult conditions.

Aeromilitaria - Sept-Oct 2011

Serving with 215 Squadron, co-piloting Armstrong Whitworth Argosy transport aircraft, the author flew deep over the jungle terrain of Borneo between 1963 and 1965. He reveals in this account that in the whole of Borneo campaign there were no fatalities among the RAF supplying-dropping-transports- a remarkable fact.

Britain at War - March 2011

About Roger Annett

ROGER MARK ANNETT wore the blue of the RAF from 1959 to 1967. During this service he spent two-and-a-half years as co-pilot on a Tactical Transport Squadron, which led to his first book for Pen and Sword, Drop Zone Borneo.

This was followed by three more books on RAF Battlefield Air Supply. Drop Zone Burma is set in the victorious WWII campaign of General Bill Slim’s 14th Army and Lifeline in Helmand focusses on RAF Chinook and Hercules operations in 21st Century Afghanistan. Borneo Boys then takes readers back to the 1960s to chronicle the adventures of youthful first-tour RAF helicopter pilots in Indonesian Confrontation.

This fifth book for Pen and Sword has been prompted by the approaching centenary of the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell. As with all his previous offerings, the author has gathered together an impressive number of willing eye-witnesses (himself included) to give the already worthy story of ten decades the necessary flesh and bones.

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