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The Lynx effect
on 6 April 2013
James Newton, a Lynx pilot, was awarded the DFC for his actions in the invasion of Iraq. This is his story, the story of his colleagues and the 847 Squadron. Newton was the first navy pilot to be awarded the DFC in over 50 years and his story explains why and you will wonder why more of his colleagues did not join him.
Newton's narrative is factual and honest, he gives credit to all those who deserve it, very much in the view they were one team. The training, preparation and deployment is detailed and the sheer fatigue and effort the guys put in to support the troops on arrival. These were a very brave bunch of guys, I have read Apache by Ed Macy (highly recommended) but here the Lynx has lower and less accurate firepower and far mess protection. Launching an unreliable TOW missile is nothing like the power of firing an Apache hellfire missile so it must take enormous guts to go up in a one on one with a tank and keep going back for more.
This is yet another interesting perspective of the Iraq war, told simply and honestly but once again underlining how many brave people we have in our armed forces.