Publisher: Ulster Aviation Society
Sycamores over Ulster
Royal Air Force support to the security forces during the border campaign 1956-1962
By Guy Warner
Royal Air Force helicopters were a very familiar site in Northern Ireland’s skies throughout the ‘Troubles’ otherwise known to the military as ‘Op Banner’. It is not so widely known that the RAF also operated helicopters in the Province some years earlier, firstly on Search and Rescue duties and then in support of the RUC and British Army during the IRA’s ‘Border War’ of 1956-62. Now, for the first time, these activities are described, drawing on previously unresearched records, eye-witness accounts and hitherto unpublished photographs to tell the story of these ground-breaking achievements.
Guy Warner has been a regular contributor to Ulster Airmail, the journal of the Ulster Aviation Society, Aircraft Illustrated, Air Enthusiast, Air Pictorial, Aviation Ireland and Northern Ireland Travel News.
He is also co-author of Colourpoint’s In the Heart of the City: The History of Belfast’s City Airport, 1938-1998, Flying from Malone: Belfast’s First Civil Aerodrome, Belfast International Airport: Aviation at Aldergrove since 1938, No 230 Squadron Royal Air Force and many other titles.
Guy is married with two daughters and lives in Co Antrim.