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Renegade Hero (Hardback)

The True Story of RAF Pilot Terry Peet and his Clandestine Mercy Flying with the CIA

Aviation > Aviation Biography & Memoirs

By Michael Hingston
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781848845305
Published: 3rd October 2011



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Cold war helicopter ace Terry Peet lived for flying. He was a ‘go anywhere, do anything,’ Royal Air Force pilot with a reputation for ‘sheer guts’. Whether ferrying troops to remote jungle landing zones or snatching casualties from makeshift clearings surrounded by two-hundred-feet high trees, he willingly pushed himself and his primitive Sycamore helicopter to the limit. During two years in the hot spots of Malaya and Borneo with the RAF, he repeatedly cheated death and earned a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air. Then suddenly he disappeared without trace, apparently drowned tragically while on a recreational scuba dive off the North Wales coast. Six years later he dramatically reappeared in a back-from-the-dead drama worthy of fiction. The media hailed him enthusiastically as a renegade hero and ‘Flying Pimpernel’ when the story of his mysterious disappearance and subsequent extraordinary double life unfolded.

In fact he had been recruited by the CIA for a clandestine air force involved in paramilitary operations in the former Belgian Congo. He was told that his departure from the RAF had to be ‘covert’. The summary presented in his eventual court martial crucially omitted this. It also failed to disclose that his employment as a mercenary, or ‘contract pilot’ to use the CIA’s more inoffensive terminology, received the tacit approval of British intelligence. Moreover, a claim that the RAF had not seen or heard anything of him following his disappearance in Anglesey was completely untrue.

This book is the true revelation of an entirely mysterious affair as told to the author by Terry Peet.

The author has interviewed many of those who had contact with terry. The whole book reads more like fiction but that just adds to the authenticity. But very readable.

Aeromilitaria- Spring 2012

This is the story of what really happened, a story involving the CIA and British Intelligence, as recounted by Terry himself

Britain at War, November 2011
 Michael Hingston
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