John M’Kenzie-Hall spent much of his RAF flying career in the helicopter world. He served during the Malayan Emergency and carried troops to remote jungle clearings. He flew throughout the brief Suez campaign of 1956 and landed Royal Marines on the Egyptian beaches. For seven years he was in charge if the small helicopter contingent of the Queen’s Flight. On one occasion, with HRH Prince Philip on board, the side window in the cockpit came loose and threatened to break away and strike the tail rotor, with potentially catastrophic results. Despite great discomfort and incurring a long-lasting injury, he managed to hold on to the offending window until the helicopter landed.. He was appointed MVO.
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