|This list is far from exhaustive. Only major operations
will be listed.
Whilst the vast majority of operations were internal, often
in support of "Fire Force"
manoeuvres, it was the increasing number of daring, generally successful
brought global attention to the war. Of those, the "Green Leader"
raid was internationally the most renowned, even if the strategic result
was lower than many other raids.
The Rhodesian Air Force was never tested in air to air combat,
generally concentrating on its wide variety of machines to fight in
support of the ground forces within Rhodesia, often with Fire
Force operations, although it was often said
that leaders of a variety of African countries were well aware that the capitals were within the Rhodesian's range, should they
choose to demonstrate their abilities.
This attitude was particularly prevalent among the British armed forces.
After UDI had been declared, Wilson sent RAF squadrons and troops to Zambia at
Kaunda’s request as "protection" against the Rhodesians. The
commanding officers and men made it clear to Wilson, however, that they would
not comply with any order to attack the Rhodesians, their allies during the war.
Instead they took every opportunity to cross the border and renew old
friendships with the ‘enemy’, raising their glasses at New Year parties to
toast "Smith and Rhodesia"! The RAF pilots, reluctant to depend on
Zambian airfield facilities, were often guided in by the air traffic controllers