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Scram In April 1982 Harry Benson was a 21 year old Royal Navy commando helicopter pilot fresh out of training and one of the youngest helicopter pilots to serve in the Falklands War These pilots nicknamed 'junglies' flew most of the land based missions in the Falklands in their Sea King and Wessex helicopters Much of what happened in the war the politics task force ships Sea Harriers landings Paras and Marines is well known and documented But almost nothing is known of the young commando helicopter pilots and aircrewmen who made it all happen on land and sea This is their 'Boys Own' story told for the very first timeHarry Benson has interviewed forty of his former colleagues for the book creating a tale of skill initiative resourcefulness humour luck and adventure This is a fast paced meticulously researched and compelling account written by someone who was there in the cockpit of a Wessex helicopterFew of these pilots have spoken publicly about The two helicopter crashes and eventual rescue following a failed SAS mission high up on an in hospitable glacier in South Georgia The harrowing story of the Exocet strike that sunk the transport ship Atlantic Conveyor The daring missile raid on the Argentine high command in Port Stanley The constant mortar fire faced while supporting troops and evacuating casualties The hair raising head on attacks by Argentine jets on British helicopters The extraordinarty courage shown during the evacuation of the bombed landing ship Sir Galahad' The secret nighttime low level missions to insert and resupply SAS and SBS using night vision gogglesIf you liked Apache Vulcan 607 and Chickenhawk you'll love Scram The word Scram was used to warn other junglies to go to ground or risk being shot down by their own side as Argentinean jets blasted through 'bomb alley'

4 thoughts on “Scram

  1. says:

    An excellent account of a little related aspect of the Falklands war The book tells the story of the part played by the unsung junglie helicopter pilots in every aspect of the South Atlantic campaign

  2. says:

    Excellent book Would have liked to have seen the angle of have we learned some of the lessons? for RW support covered Almost missed the part about the outcome of the lone SF soldier carrying the M16 but noticed on the last pages that he was never ID'd Thanks to those who told their stories and to the author for telling them so well I noticed there were some stories

  3. says:

    This is a perspective of the Falklands conflict from the perspective of the helicopter pilots involved It does offer another perspective and does add another piece to the jigsaw that makes up the Falklands War The author arrived towards the end but at a recent reunion decided to collect the memories of the helicopter pilots the Junglies and put them in one placeMost

  4. says:

    This is an essential addition to anyone with an interest in military aviation The narrative takes an overview of all the helicopter operations in the Falklands so is naturally not deep in some detailsThe author does a marvelous job of describing the basics of helicopter flight and gives an indication of the training given to young men before they are sent to war He hi

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