Drop Zone Borneo (ePub)
Life and Times of an RAF Co-Pilot Far East 1962-65
As quoted in...
‘Keep Smiling Through: My Wartime Story’ by Dame Vera Lynn with daughter Virginia Lewis-Jones
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