325pp., b/w & colour illus., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2020
In the late 1970s, the apartheid government's security forces established a top-secret Special Forces unit called Delta 40, tasked with the murder of hundreds of ANC, PAC, and SWAPO members. Victims’ bodies were thrown from aircraft into the Atlantic Ocean.
"Death Flight is an extraordinary testament, a daring mission to salvage the ghosts of those who were thought to have been eternally dissolved by apartheid Special Forces." Nkosinathi Biko, from his foreword
Investigative journalist Michael Schmidt is the author of Drinking with Ghosts: the aftermath of apartheid's dirty war. He lives in Johannesburg.