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Special Forces Pilot: A Flying Memoir of the Falkland War by [Hutchings DSC, Colonel Richard]
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Now retired Colonel Richard (Dick) Hutchings DSC lives in Cumbria.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2089 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (21 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BCOW2R2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
During the Falklands War I was in charge of flying in HMS Fearless, the Commando Assault Headquarters Ship in San Carlos Water. Many of the SF missions staged through my flight deck and on occasion I sat in on some of the briefings. I was aware of the outline of Dick Hutchings mission and knew it was happening but until now I have never known the details. From an insider's viewpoint I found the book fascinating and highly readable. The story of the mission on the mainland should have been told sooner and now there is a clear difference in the facts of the published accounts. Dick Hutching's exciting book has the ring of authenticity for me. One issue it highlights once again are the quite serious errors made by the SAS in the campaign. Here was a professional SF outfit with a high reputation questioning the navigational competence of similarly professional Fleet Air Arm helicopter aircrew. The failure of the SAS transit of the glacier in South Georgia and subsequent final rescue by Ian Stanley in a lumbering Wessex 3 helicopter was another. Then there were the three SBS troops killed one night during an accidental encounter with the SAS. Pebble Island was a huge success but they must be balanced by several avoidable failures, including the landing on the Argentine mainland.Dick Hutchings and the rest of the crew did as much as they could to achieve sucess. But the loss of the aircraft and the unavailability of three valuable aircrew may not, in the end, have been worth it.
One issue in the book where Dick is unequivocal and detailed in his criticism is the Vulcan raid on Port Stanley airport which he characterises as a failure and a waste of resources. Rowland White in "Vulcan 607" paints an entirely different picture. It would be interesting to hear further debate on this operation.
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I received my copy of 'Special Forces Pilot' the day after publication after having waited patiently for publication. I first heard about the book in our local newspaper (The Whitehaven News) as the author is a local resident and have been eagerly awaiting publication. The wait was not disappointing and I finished the book in two days. It is a well researched, fast paced personal account of flying operations during the Falklands War and includes, for the first time, first hand detailed information about the insertion of an SF recce patrol into mainland Argentina. I would fully recommend this book to anyone interested in military aviation, military history or just true adventure stories. Hats off to Col Hutchings DSC.
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This is a highly readable book full of previously unpublished information on the Falklands war, especially from a Fleet Air Arm perspective. There have been some superb books already written about the Sea Harrier experience, for example Sea Harrier over the Falklands and Hostile Sky's - but this book tells the story of front-line helicopter operations - and especially full information on the author's part in Operation Mikado.

I hope many others will go on nd read this superb book!
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It has been said of the Falklands War that never in the field of human conflict has so much been written, by so many, about so few. Indeed, more than 200 books have been published about that brief but important war in 1982, many by the veterans themselves. So you may think that there is little left to say about the hostilities between Britain and Argentina in the South Atlantic for control of the Falkland Islands. Incredibly, however, as pointed out by Prince Andrew in his foreword, the vital role played by helicopters in the 74-day conflict has been largely overlooked. That anomaly is rectified by Colonel Hutchings in his fascinating memoirs. A Royal Marine Sea King pilot serving with 846 Squadron aboard HMS Hermes, Hutchings certainly had an eventful war. Besides inserting and extracting Special Forces patrols throughout the Falklands, he was also involved in the capture of the Argentine spy trawler Narwhal, and the SAS raid on Pebble island. But of greatest interest is undoubtedly the chapters that deal with Operation MIKADO, the ill-fated but daring attempt to infiltrate an SAS team into the Argentine mainland to spy on the Rio Grande air base in the extreme south of the country, which was home to the Argentine Navy's deadly Exocet armed Super Etendard strike aircraft. Hutchings was the pilot who volunteered to fly the SAS in, and he presents for the first time the true story of a mission that was dubbed by some SAS soldiers `Operation Certain Death' and which, for the past 28 years, has been shrouded in myth and rumour. Cleanly written, this is a gripping account of one helicopter pilot's war and an essential buy for students of a conflict which, more than a quarter of a century on, still exercises a powerful hold on the British public's imagination.
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This is the first book i have read to do with the Falklands War and it has to be said that this is one of the best military aviation books i have read yet. It takes you through the eyes of the pilot during SAS insertion missions and then the one way mission which went wrong. This book doesn't give any great detail on the actual concepts of flying but it describes the action vividly, more importantly it describes the war as sea very well. It takes a while to get into the book as the start is failry slow and dull but once you've past that stage the book comes alive and is very difficult to put down. As a result of reading this book i will with out a doubt be reading more books on the Falkands War.

GREAT READ
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