3 CDO BDE Newcombe, Andrew Bennett

John Robertson

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Staff member
  • SURNAME
Newcombe
  • FORENAME
Andrew Bennett
  • UNIT
R.M. 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron
  • RANK
Captain
  • NUMBER
NO21197T
  • AWARD
Mention in Despatches
  • PLACE
Falklands 1982
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
age 29
London Gazette 49134, 8th October 1982, Page 12842
 

CITATION:

Mention in Despatches : On the night of 11/12 June 1982 on the Island of East Falkland, 42 Commando Royal Marines successfully attacked the rocky feature of Mount Harriet, five kilometres to the west of Port Stanley. A pilot, Captain NEWCOMBE flew his Scout helicopter in direct support of these operations.

At low level and without any night vision aids, and in a raging snow storm, Captain NEWCOMBE flew his aircraft non stop for almost six hours. In demonstrating outstanding flying skills, he flew many vital sorties to evacuate the battle casualties of 42 Commando and 1st Battalion Scots Guards from the front line.

Later in the same action, again showing a complete disregard for his own safety, he flew to guide larger Wessex helicopters in resupplying much needed artillery ammunition and to evacuate further casualties. His was a superb individual contribution to the final investment of Port Stanley.

For his dash, courage and daring, under the most arduous and daring conditions, Captain NEWCOMBE is very strongly recommended for a Mention in Despatches.

WEB LINKS:

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/49134/supplement/12842

NATIONAL ARCHIVES:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7637416
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