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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, set in the victorious WWII campaign of General Bill Slim’s 14th Army; Lifeline in Helmand, focused on RAF Chinook and Hercules operations in 21st Century Afghanistan. Borneo Boys then took readers back to the 1960s to chronicle the adventures of youthful first-tour RAF helicopter pilots during the 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 and expressive number of eye-witnesses (himself included) to give the already worthy story of ten decades the necessary flesh and bones.