13 April 2022
The recollections of a helicopter crew involved in the opening actions of the Falklands Conflict is the subject of a special talk at Yeovilton’s Fleet Air Arm Museum.
On the 40th anniversary to the day in 1982 of their operations in South Georgia in the South Atlantic, Commander Ian Stanley DSO, Rear-Admiral Dr Chris Parry CBE PhD and Lt Stewart Cooper will vividly recall their experiences in the opening days of the war, an intensely fought, 11-week conflict in which 255 British personnel were killed and 777 wounded, 649 Argentinian personnel were killed and three Falkland Islanders.
As the crew of the redoubtable antisubmarine Wessex HAS.3 (XP142) helicopter affectionately known as Humphrey, the trio expertly navigated the inhospitable Fortuna Glacier in 70 knot winds and -30 degree temperatures, to rescue 16 SAS troopers and the crew of two previous rescue helicopters that had crashed in a helicopter designed to take just a handful of passengers.
The trio’s detection and disabling of the Argentinian submarine Santa Fe was the first ever anti-submarine operation successfully conducted exclusively by helicopters. By 20 May HMS Antrim and her Wessex helicopter deployed Special Forces at Fanning Head to start the landing operations to retake the Falklands Islands.
‘Humphrey’ has been re-displayed as part of the Museum’s tribute and commemorations for the 40th anniversary of the Falkland Conflict, and can be seen in Hall One as part of the evening. There will also be the chance to purchase Chris Parry’s Down South – a Falklands War Diary.
Tickets for the talk cost £15 and this event is ticketed separately to the museum. The event takes place on Friday 22 April at Yeovilton’s Fleet Air Arm Museum at 5.30pm. Tickets must be bought in advance and can be purchased at Fleet Air Arm Museum.
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