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A photographic collection of the Falkland Battle fields and Memorials

We are very grateful to John Belcher for allowing us to publish his unique pictures

Below are a collection of  photos that I took of the Falklands during my tour there Feb-Jun 1987. I was part of the Air Movements Flight at Mount Pleasant during my 4 month detachment. We were responsible for handling all aircraft at MPN. We worked 5 1/2 day weeks with Sunday being free. As there was not a lot to do you were allowed to book out a landrover and tour around. We used these "Cooks Tours" to visit most of the mountain battlefield sites.

John Belcher UKMAMS  November 2000.

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Argentinean Cemetery At Goose Green

Argentinean Cemetery
At Goose Green

Bluff Cove Looking towards Bluff Cove with the memorial to the men killed on the 2 RFA ships on the right

Bluff Cove
Looking towards Bluff Cove with the memorial to the men killed
on the 2 RFA ships on the right.

Close up of the memorial at Bluff Cove.

Bluff Cove memorial
Close up of the memorial at Bluff Cove. 
"In memory of those Welsh Guardsmen killed in action 
Falkland Islands 1982. 1st Battalion Welsh Guards" 
Also listed are 3 men from C Sqn 22 SAS.

These were the floating accommodation ships that were used to house the servicemen in until the complex at Mount Pleasant was completed in early 1987.

Coastal
These were the floating accommodation ships that were used to house
the servicemen in until the complex at Mount Pleasant was completed in early
1987. They were brought back to the UK and it was planned that they would be
used to house prisoners at Portland Harbor.

Looking towards Darwin from the north

Darwin
Looking towards Darwin from the north

The settlement at Fitzroy and sheep shearing sheds.

Fitzroy
The settlement at Fitzroy and sheep shearing sheds.

Gazelle Memorial

Gazelle Memorial

Memorial to SSgt CA Griffin and L/Cpl SJ Cockton 656 Sqn AAC and Maj M Forge and SSgt Baker RSigs who were killed when Gazelle XX377 was shot down at 0408Z  6 Jun over Pleasant Peak. It is believed that they were shot down by a Sea Dart from H.M.S. Cardiff. The Gazelle  was carrying two aircrew and two members of 5th Infantry Bde HQ and Signal Squadron (the OC, Major Forge, and the squadron Quartermaster Sergeant). 

It is believed that the chopper was shot down by the Royal Navy as the aircraft was exceeding the speed/height restrictions imposed on friendly aircraft. The practice was that all friendly helicopters flew below 100 feet and at less than 100 knots (or something similar). Any aircraft exceeding these limits would therefore be hostile and could be engaged. It was some years however before the MOD admitted that it was a blue on blue contact and we all thought at the time it had been shot down by ground fire. 

Editors Note: Tony Rafferty writes: I had recorded the Gazelle event at the time as having been carried out by HMS Cardiff Blue on Blue.

Gazelle crash site

Gazelle crash site
Where Gazelle XX377 crashed.  The numbers shown are 205.  Which stands for  205 Signal Squadron,  5 Infantry Brigade HQ and Signal Squadron

Globe Hotel

Globe Hotel
Popular watering hole.

Goat Ridge and Mount Harriet from Two Sisters

Goat Ridge
and Mount Harriet from Two Sisters

Goose Green

Goose Green
The Cooks Tour of Goose Green stopping for refreshments. We
hardly saw a person in the settlement.

Memorial to HMS Sheffield on Sea Lion Island.

HMS Sheffield
Memorial to HMS Sheffield on Sea Lion Island.

Mines

Mines
Say no more!

Mount Pleasant Airport

Mount Pleasant Airport 
The new airport for the Falklands at Mount Pleasant.
It was completed in Feb / Mar 1987.

Mount Harriet, Looking along Mount Harriet towards Port Stanley

Mount Harriet
Looking along Mount Harriet towards Port Stanley

Mount Kent, The snow covered peak of Mount Kent from Mount Harriet

Mount Kent
The snow covered peak of Mount Kent from Mount Harriet

Mount Kent looking towards Two Sisters

Mount Kent
looking towards Two Sisters

Mount Longdon Sangar

Mount Longdon Sangar
One of many sangars still on Mount Longdon. Most showed
signs of habitation and were strewn with rubbish

Mount Longdon Weapon

Mount Longdon Weapon
Abandoned Argentine 105mm Recoilless Rifle

View from sangar Mount Longdon

View from sangar Mount Longdon
This is looking down a gully on Mount Longdon. The sangar had the debris 
(links and cases) from a machine gun that had been fired from the sangar.

Mount Longdon Wreath

Mount Longdon Wreath 
A wreath on Mount Longdon to Cpl McLoughlin killed in action Mount Longdon

Mount Tumbledown

Mount Tumbledown

Mountains, left to right, Mount Kent, Goat Ridge, Two Sisters taken from Mount Kent

Mountains
left to right, Mount Kent, Goat Ridge, Two Sisters taken from Mount Kent

Mount Harriet OP on Mount Harriet looking towards Port Harriet.

Mount Harriet
OP on Mount Harriet looking towards Port Harriet.

Port Stanley from the airport looking over the harbour and ship wreck in the bay

Port Stanley
Port Stanley from the airport looking over the harbour
and ship wreck in the bay

The remains of a MBB 339 at Port Stanley airfield

MBB 339
The remains of a MBB 339 at Port Stanley airfield. This aircraft
was 4-A-112 serving with 1 Escuadrilla. It went to the FI on 14 May 1982 and
was captured in tact. It was progressively stripped and smashed, eventually
breaking into 2 sections. The missing parts had been removed to a weapon
range leaving the cockpit section behinds. It was removed and dumped in the
sea a week after the picture was taken by the RE's who had been tasked with
clearing the area.

Road from Mount Pleasant to Goose Green

Road from Mount Pleasant to Goose Green
This is the track from Mount Pleasant to Goose Green. 
Our Cooks transport (Landrover) got stuck in the middle of the pool
and had to be winched out.

Signpost, This was at Port Stanley and servicemen used to  put up a sign to their home towns etc showing how many miles to there. It was on the road from Stanley to the airport

Signpost
This was at Port Stanley and servicemen used to  put up a sign to their home towns etc showing how many miles to there. It was on the road from Stanley to the airport.

Stanley and Port William, Taken from Mount Tumbledown

Stanley and Port William
Taken from Mount Tumbledown

The Air Traffic Control building at Stanley airfield.

Stanley ATC
The Air Traffic Control building at Stanley airfield.

Stanley Cathedral

Stanley Cathedral

Stanley Harbour looking towards the airfield.

Stanley Harbour  looking towards the airfield

Tristar, The only way to travel!! My going home aircraft

Tristar
The only way to travel!! My going home aircraft

Looking towards one of the peaks from the other peak of Two Sisters.

Two Sisters
Looking towards one of the peaks from the other peak of Two Sisters.

The other peak of Two Sisters with a makeshift flagpole.

Two Sisters
The other peak of Two Sisters with a makeshift flagpole.

Two Sisters from Moody Brook.

Two Sisters
from Moody Brook.

The new War Memorial to those killed during the war in Port Stanley.

War Memorial
The new War Memorial to those killed during the war in Port Stanley.

Another view of the Memorial

War Memorial
Another view of the Memorial

War Memorial close up

War Memorial close up
The rear wall of the memorial has a series of plaques
showing details of the Task Force. I think the names of the dead are
inscribed on some panels but cannot remember and I don't have any photos.

War Memorial Units

On the sides of the War Memorial are inscribed all the units that took part in the 

Task Force. Being in the RAF I only took a photo of the RAF side. The hand is pointing to UKMAMS , the sqn that I served with in the UK.

The RAF units shown are

70 Sqn Hercules
29 Sqn Phantoms
42 Sqn Nimrods
44, 54, 101 Sqn Vulcans
55, 57 Sqn Victors
120, 201, 206 Sqn Nimrods
202 Sqn Sea Kings
2 Wg HQ Unit RAF Regt
15 Field Sqn RAF Regt
63 Sqn RAF Regt
1 ACC Radar
Tactical Comms Wg
Tactical
Supply Wg
UK Mobile Air Movements Sqn UKMAMS 
Ordnance Demolition Unit
Mobile Met Unit
Mobile Catering Support Unit
HQ 38Gp TACP (MAOT)

Army units shown are

49 Field Regt RA
33 Eng Regt
Military Works Force RE
14th Sigs Regt
602 Sigs Troop
10 Field Ambulance RAMC
2 Field Hospital RAMC
Joint Helicopter Support Unit
29 Transport and Movement Regt RCT.

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