IN PICTURES: Falklands veteran meets Argentine pilot he shot down 30 years ago

MoD_RSS

War Hero
Ministry of Defence said:
A Royal Navy veteran from the Falklands War has completed an extraordinary journey to meet the Argentinian pilot he thought he had shot down and killed during the 1982 conflict.

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Handler

War Hero
It was an interesting program, yes possible but unproven, the pilot's escape and his survival was a story in itself.
 

R12_CV

Lantern Swinger
I just watched my recording of it tonight. TBH, I don't see the point of the whole programme.
Did anyone stop to ask themselves 'What would the relatives of Coventrys' deceased think of this show'?
It appeared to be a display of forgiveness by someone who wasn't in a position to grant this.

I'm guessing this was a joint documentary with an Argy film crew, if so, I'd wouldn't mind seeing their perspective...
 

beerbosan

Newbie
For what its worth i think it was very possible,only needed one round to hit and bobs ya uncle,


Nice picture when and were was it taken,
The reason i find it hard to believe he hit the A4 as i was the loader on the SBD Bofer and im buggered if can remember any of the lads off the GDP cheering, the thing for sure did not disapear in a cloud of smoke, however they me be a hint of truth as we did get a signal from another ship that sombody seen a fragment detach from the tail at the time before it was lost from visual range,

Regards
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Didn't watch the TV programme, but I doubt the guy was granting forgiveness on behalf of anyone other than himself.

Certainly I don't bear a grudge against any Argentine service person but I still question any British politician that commits the UK Armed forces to a war they are ill-equipped to fight. So that will be any war in the last 50 years, then.

With regard "who downed what" conundrum, from what I recall, anyone pointing a weapon in the general direction of an aircraft that is hit will naturally claim it was them. On day one of the landings there were more claimed hits that the combined strength of the Argentine Air Force and Navy. Such is the fog of war - perhaps we should use Baldrick's logic & write our names on the anti-aircraft projectiles.

The problem with PTSD, Battle Stress, call it what you will, is that there are undoubtedly many who suffer this debilitating condition. Equally there are charlatans who discredit and deny the genuine sufferers by using PTSD as a convenient label to avoid responsibility for their own particular circumstances.

Interestingly Fearless got in a bit of a strop with my ship because 'our' spent Seacat missiles were rather alarmingly dropping all around them. Since then I've unilaterally forgiven all those on board Fearless who got a bit miffed.
 

Waspie

War Hero
Nice picture when and were was it taken,
The reason i find it hard to believe he hit the A4 as i was the loader on the SBD Bofer and im buggered if can remember any of the lads off the GDP cheering, the thing for sure did not disapear in a cloud of smoke, however they me be a hint of truth as we did get a signal from another ship that sombody seen a fragment detach from the tail at the time before it was lost from visual range,

Regards
OK then. So who did shoot the ****** down!!!!!!!! Someone must have.

Can't see the pilot going back as saying some matelot just shot me plane down guv with a lil ole gun!!!
 

beerbosan

Newbie
Didn't watch the TV programme, but I doubt the guy was granting forgiveness on behalf of anyone other than himself.

Certainly I don't bear a grudge against any Argentine service person but I still question any British politician that commits the UK Armed forces to a war they are ill-equipped to fight. So that will be any war in the last 50 years, then.

With regard "who downed what" conundrum, from what I recall, anyone pointing a weapon in the general direction of an aircraft that is hit will naturally claim it was them. On day one of the landings there were more claimed hits that the combined strength of the Argentine Air Force and Navy. Such is the fog of war - perhaps we should use Baldrick's logic & write our names on the anti-aircraft projectiles.

The problem with PTSD, Battle Stress, call it what you will, is that there are undoubtedly many who suffer this debilitating condition. Equally there are charlatans who discredit and deny the genuine sufferers by using PTSD as a convenient label to avoid responsibility for their own particular circumstances.

Interestingly Fearless got in a bit of a strop with my ship because 'our' spent Seacat missiles were rather alarmingly dropping all around them. Since then I've unilaterally forgiven all those on board Fearless who got a bit miffed.
I can`t see why Feerless were miffed they managed too put a seacat between are Funnels only God knows why the proxy fuse didn`t detonate Ha
 

flymo

War Hero
"...because 'our' spent Seacat missiles were rather alarmingly dropping all around them"

Was there a credible submarine threat then?
 

Norway Chris

Badgeman
Hei Beerbosan,

The pic of the bofors 40/60 is one from Google pictures archives,i just feel that its possible with a little luck and a steady hand to hit a fast moving target,i had a few lucky hits myself when on the bofor and bridge wing mounted oerliken 20 mm,ok admited the A4 must have been moving pretty fast and the drogues i put a few holes in were at a snails pace,friggin good shooting if he did get it though


 
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