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Author: Tyrone Heyl Created: 2011/01/17 07:23 PM RssIcon
Stories, information and photos relating to personal experiences in the War In Angola.
By Tyrone Heyl on 2011/01/18 09:27 AM
Having just returned from a weekend pass, a little late, ok quite late, some of us had not unpacked our kit. We are suddenly asked to fall in as there was an urgent announcement, so with whispers of what could be going on we fell in.

We were told that they need a G5 gun crew to escourt a gun being taken to Rundu and were calling for volunteers. With promises of a long weekend pass upon our return in a weeks or two, my hand along with 7 others guys went up. As most of us had not unpacked as yet it was to did not take long to get ready.

We were allowed to make 2 phone calls before going to hospital (still not sure why). I called my mom and told her I was going tp the border again but only for a week or two.I called my dad and told him I had a feeling this trip would be longer than "advertised". After sorting out the logistical requirments we climbed into a Samil and left for Pretoria.

Once there we were put into a corner and told to wait, and wait we did till the sun had set and the airport was quite. At about 8pm we were called to go through and there was the familiar C130 with the staff from Lyttleton supervising the loading of a brand new G5. Once all the additonal cargo had been loaded we boarded and the flight took off for Rundu. Arriving at about midnight we helped unload the gun, parked it to one side and we were shown to accomodation for the rest of the night.

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Re: Calling for Volunteers
The cannon at Quebec bty exploded as they did not fire the last round, but ceased fire upon a Victor Victor warning. Resulting in a barrel burst as the barrel was red hot at the time. It was quite a shock at the time, and after the incident, a standing order was issued by the Arty Col. that upon Victor Victor related cease fire orders, the last round be fired, and then the gun be covered. That was in late 87.
By Loftie on: 04 January 2012
Re: Calling for Volunteers
He gave me instructions that when I hear the undercarriage of the plane go down I must get onto the gun, get it started and be ready to exit the plane as soon as the cargo had been dispatched.
By dcuo cash on: 26 September 2011
Re: Calling for Volunteers
Thanks for completing the story, Tyrone. It is one of those weird stories one almost can't bring oneself to tell. But I can well believe it happened! I was involved in two absurd ops in 1975 about which I kept quiet for 35 years. If you look at http://www.warinangola.com/default.aspx?tabid=1120 you will see why. I look forward to seeing more of yours on this site. Pity more of the other outjs haven't responded yet.
By Phillip Vietri on: 10 February 2011
Re: Calling for Volunteers
Hi Johan,
yes this was at the beginning of Modular.

Phillip I will do, thanks for the feedback
By Tyrone on: 07 February 2011
Re: Calling for Volunteers
Please continue with the story, Tyrone. You have made such an interesting start!
By Phillip Vietri on: 26 January 2011
Re: Calling for Volunteers
Hi, Tyrone. When was this? Around 1987, Operation Moduler? I am keen to hear more... please feel free to continue your stories. ;-)
By Johan Schoeman on: 21 January 2011