Alek Tarwid had an adventurous journey from his native Poland before arriving in the UK to join the RAF. Trained as a pilot near the end of the war, he flew Meteors and Hunters before transferring to helicopters flying on operations in Malaysia, Northern Ireland and Oman. He played a key role flying Wessex helicopters in support of the SAS during Operation Hornbeam. He was appointed MBE and decorated by the Sultan of Oman.
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