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Tim of Aclea
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PostSubject: The Vulcan raids on Port Stanley   Sun 18 Mar 2012, 19:00

There is a programme tonight on TV on the first raid.

Sharkey Ward in his book on the Falkalnds calculated that the fuel cost of them at around 7,200 Cu M and they put a tremendous strain on scarce resourses at Ascension Island. Were they worth the effort or just an effort by the RAF to muscle in on what was fundementally a RN and army war.

The raids managed to land 1 bomb on the runway plus knocked out 1 30mm mobile radar.

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PostSubject: Re: The Vulcan raids on Port Stanley   Sun 18 Mar 2012, 19:08

AIUI One aircraft per day could be got south as far as the task force, Falklands, or South Georgia, and the best use was considered to be sending Hercs with the mails, small but vital supplies, and personnel in small numbers. The bombing techniques used in the Black Buck raids were accepted as the correct ones, but it is hard to inderdict use of an airstrip bby the kind of aircraft the Args were sending there - craters can be & were rapidly filled. Might have been different if they had been trying to use high-performance fighters, perhaps?
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PostSubject: Re: The Vulcan raids on Port Stanley   Tue 03 Apr 2012, 10:43

I have still to watch the programme on the raid but did watch Max Hastings' programme on the Falklands and i was glad to see him clearly identify as predominately a RN war without the RAF getting even a mention, I think. Interesting that there is a painting of Leach at the House of Commons confronting Thatcher about the need to send a task force with John Knott in his wake.

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PostSubject: Re: The Vulcan raids on Port Stanley   Tue 03 Apr 2012, 13:30

In that case Hastings is as much in error in the opposite direction. The Crabs sent 10 Harrier GR3s of No 1 Sqn south, operating first from Hermes, but then based partially on Sid's Strip (later HMS Sheathbill) at San Carlos, the only Chinook to be saved from Atlantic Conveyor was heavily used for logistic purposes ashore, the Crabs also provided FACs to control air strikes, and the Victor / Nimrod combination provided air recce and comms as far south as South Georgia. They also more or less took over the defence of the vital link airfield at Wideawake on Ascension Island, with the Rock Apes providing part of the Rapier missile assets on the Falklands as well.
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PostSubject: Re: The Vulcan raids on Port Stanley   Tue 03 Apr 2012, 21:41

Only one member of the RAF was killed in the war. It was predominately a RN war plus the army. That did not stop the RAF making more recommendations for awards than the RN and the army put together.



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PostSubject: Re: The Vulcan raids on Port Stanley   Thu 30 Oct 2014, 15:20

Reading this book at the moment;



In it, Andy Auld, CO of 800 Squadron during the Falklands War, says that the first Vulcan raid woke up the Argentine defences, so that when the Harriers made their first attack they were met by a barrage of AA fire, fortunately ineffective in this instance.
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