Chinook Crew 'Chick': Highs and Lows of Forces Life from the Longest Serving Female RAF Chinook Force Crewmember

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Chinook Crew 'Chick': Highs and Lows of Forces Life from the Longest Serving Female RAF Chinook Force Crewmember

Chinook Crew 'Chick': Highs and Lows of Forces Life from the Longest Serving Female RAF Chinook Force Crewmember

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I’d kind of ignored it because we were on Herrick and there was a war to be fought, and then it started to get so bad I couldn’t fly. One of the most remarkable aspects of "Chinook Crew 'Chick'" is the author's ability to convey the challenges she faced as a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field.

There’s so many people [that] have reached out to me since they’ve read it or heard my story here, either suffering from PTSD, who know of someone who’s got PTSD or might be on the brink of it, who they’re helping now because they’ve read my story, and also a lot of people have been affected by suicide because obviously I got to the point where I took a huge overdose and tried to end my life. She eventually tried to take her own life in desperation during the pandemic lockdown the next year.

Part of her role during these conflicts was the MERT medical recovery aircraft for injured soldiers. But it goes both ways, and her male crew mates would often seek her assistance too, such as when her smaller hands were more useful for checking out an oil filter. What an inspirational story of courage to share her vulnerability which is testament to her strength! The unmistakable thud of a dozen rotor blades from the two RAF Chinooks echoed across the desert and poppy fields as the helicopters barrelled into hostile territory. Suddenly people were getting in touch to ask for support, and I was doing what I have always wanted to do – helping people.

As I turned the final page of this extraordinary memoir, I was left with a renewed sense of admiration for the brave men and women who dedicate their lives to serving their countries. On one of the days, I went up to Police Barracks for an interview, I pulled my little car into the layby to get past and a Chinook went thudding over the top.

Yesterday I was once again able to join over 400 extraordinary women at the 69th Women of the Year Lunch and Awards. Phoned the pharmacy, they said come down and were very apologetic…apparently the box’s look similar and are next to one another…thank god I noticed, but honestly may not have, had it not been for the fact it was Amitiptylin. The youngest aircrew medic to serve with the RAF in Afghanistan has lifted the lid on her PTSD hell and how trauma led to trying to take her own life. In conclusion, "Chinook Crew 'Chick': Highs and Lows of Forces Life" is a must-read for aviation enthusiasts, military history buffs, and anyone seeking a story of courage, resilience, and triumph over adversity.

The author's ability to convey the depth of these experiences with sensitivity and authenticity is truly commendable. Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan Republic, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Channel Islands, Comoros, Cook Islands, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Fiji, French Polynesia, Gabon Republic, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greenland, Guam, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico, Republic of the Congo, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Suriname, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Virgin Islands (U.Having had the book come out [all her mental health challenges are] now completely out in the world. The biggest honour of all her duties, however, was serving on the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT), or the flying ambulance as it was more commonly known. Liz would fly into dangerous war zones to recover severely wounded soldiers from the battlefield, often not knowing if they would survive.



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