22 SAS Armstrong, Raymond Ernest (Paddy)

John Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Armstrong
  • FORENAME
Raymond Ernest (Paddy)
  • UNIT
D Squadron (19 Troop)
  • RANK
Trooper
  • NUMBER
24325221
  • DATE OF DEATH
19th May 1982
  • AGE
24
  • GRAVESITE
Hereford (St Martin's) Churchyard,Herefordshire SAS Regimental Plot Memorial Plaque
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
parent unit Royal Green Jackets (Corporal)
born 17.8.1957
wife Carole (nee Liddell) Armstrong (married 1981)
joined SAS 1979
award Mention in Despatches
lost in Sea King crash,South Atlantic
total 8 years 9 months Military service
 

DATE OF DEATH:

19-May-1982

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/armstrong-raymond-ernest-paddy.30955/

CITATION:

Mention in Despatches : On the night of 14/15 May 1982, Demolition Assault Teams of the Special Forces attacked an enemy auxiliary airfield on Pebble Island, off the north coast of West Falkland.

In a dramatically successful action, Trooper ARMSTRONG personally placed charges which destroyed seven out of eleven enemy aircraft. However, there were misfires; but disregarding both the inherent danger and enemy small arms fire, he immediately returned to replace the charges.

As the raiding party was withdrawing, Trooper ARMSTRONG discovered and also destroyed a sizeable enemy munitions dump.

Fours days after this successful operation, he was killed in action. For his exemplary coolness and courage under fire, he is very strongly recommended for Posthumous Mention in Despatches.

WEB LINKS:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7637501

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/79755187/raymond-ernest-armstrong
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