|Birth name||Neall Ellis|
|Nickname(s)||Nellis, Gunship Ace|
|Born||24 November 1949|
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Years of service|
Neall Ellis is a South African military aviator and mercenary. Raised in Bulawayo, he joined the South African Air Force after a brief stint in the Rhodesian Army. As a helicopter pilot he was awarded the Honoris Crux decoration in 1983, and later attained field rank. After retiring from the SAAF he contracted for various private military corporations, including Executive Outcomes and Sandline International. During the civil war in Sierra Leone, he and his crew held off Revolutionary United Front (RUF) forces almost single-handedly.He also provided fire support for British troops during Operation Barras.
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