The retirement of the aircraft brought an opportunity for our perpetual adventurer to switch paths for a second time. He bid farewell to the cockpit, grabbed a radio and some camouflage paint and launched himself into the specialist world of combat survival. The ability to survive, isolated behind enemy lines whilst facilitating a recovery back to your own side.

The move gave rise to his first published writings. A two page piece on CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue) printed in the RAF Magazine, available for all to read. (Note the obvious but not all that common mis-spelling of his name.)

He also wrote the NATO SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) for combat survival and recovery operations. This document however, had a more limited readership.

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