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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:36 am    Post subject: Hats off to UK Apache Crew & Royal Marines Reply with quote

Marine rescuers strapped to wings

Four Royal Marine commandos were strapped to the wings of two Apache attack helicopters to rescue the body of a dead comrade killed in an Afghan firefight.

The soldiers returned to the scene of earlier fighting around a fort complex to retrieve the body of Lance Corporal Mathew Ford, who had been killed by Taleban fighters.

Reports said that soldiers from 45 Commando Royal Marines did not want their 30-year-old section commander falling into the hands of insurgents, who they feared would mutilate his body.

The drama began at about 2am on Monday when a 200-strong force, led by Royal Marines, attacked the Taleban-held Jugroom fort on the east bank of the River Helmand in Garmsir district.

After an assault by B1 bombers and 150mm artillery, the unit crossed the river in amphibious Viking armoured vehicles supported by Scimitar tanks.

Commandos then moved towards the compound
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hats off to them entirely.

I watched a "simulation" of this on BBC News 24 last night, at the UK airbase of the regiment concerned.

Essentially the "extra" crew crawl up to the side of the bubble, rest on an ledge and clip themselves on to the handles used to climb up the machine.

Shocked Shocked Shocked

Mental. The sheer wind from the airspeed would have been shocking let alone all of the other risks.

It is this kind of determination and commitment which gives the British Military its reputation as one of the best forces in the world - it is just a great shame they had to bring back a fallen comrade!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. Im sure that was one hell of a ride. I agree with HeliCraig, those guys are commited.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got sent this pic of a similar thing being done with a USMC AH-1. Note the guys sitting on the right side skid.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hiya,

Exceptionally brave thing to do. Hat's off to all the guys involved.
A very difficult decision to make I should guess to go back and retrieve a fallen comrade although I suppose minds are influenced differently when you are actually there.

My thoughts go out to the family of the soldier.


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The BBC link shows a little more of the actual footage (or at least that's what it says on the site).

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit of a shame to see both BRITISH news organisations detracting from an amazing incident (less in the case of the BBC).

Brilliant footage and excellent online stuff from C4 though.

These guys are, in every sense of the word, heroes.

Even more amazing is that I read in todays paper that EVERY SINGLE PERSON at their base volunteered for this mission. Brilliant, well done lads!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heres a photo of them on the Apache:

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the video: http://vootatico.com/?p=71
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