Skip to comments.How the RAF drew up plans to attack Argentina over the Falklands in 1982
Posted on 03/27/2012 7:44:13 PM PDT by U-238
Vulcan bombers, designed for nuclear raids on Russia, trained night and day in Scotland and Canada for a low level attack hundreds of miles deep into Argentine sovereign territory, a new book has shown.
The news is likely to further strain the poor relations between Britain and Argentina that have been at their lowest since in the Falklands War in the lead up to the 30th anniversary of the invasion.
The plans were drawn up by Air Commodore Simon Baldwin, who was the wing commander in charge of the last remaining Vulcan squadron in 1982.
The officer "was left in no doubt at all that attacks against the Argentine mainland were now his squadron's raison d'être", the military historian Rowland White has written in an updated account of the acclaimed "Vulcan 607".
"Nothing formal is going to be written down. Just get on with it," Air Cdre Baldwin was told by a staff officer at the RAF No.1 Group, based in Britain.
The officer assembled his best crews, including the pilots from the successful Black Buck raids on Stanley airfield during the Falklands War.
They came up with plan to penetrate deep into enemy airspace and lay a string of bombs along the two runways of the main Argentine air force bases.
In the summer of 1982 the squadron of eight bombers began training sorties flying mock bombing runs low over RAF Leuchars and Vallley in Scotland.
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As much oil as there is around those islands expect worse relations to come.
Bastards should have bombed for harboring Nazi War Criminals.
I hate to say it we did the same thing in Operation Paperclip
Yes, Paperclip brought many German scientists and technicians to the US. In fact, most of the WWII allies took a share of German scientists. The Argentinians, however, turned their country into a Club Med for escaped Nazis.
I am not denying that those two men, and others, had checkered pasts. All I am saying is that while the US, UK, and Russia swept-up a number of German scientists (a number of whom were not angels), Argentina became a retirement village to vast numbers of Nazis.
I agree with you.
Don't know why. The Argentinians started a war...they would have deserved what they got.
Why did they do that
Why did the Argentinians open their arms to so many Nazis? Is that what you are asking?
they were impresssionable and didn’t understand the more evil aspects of NS phil. as preached by the race theorists.
plus the uniforms were most impressive. in Chile they used
German WWII helmets on parade during the gentle and enlightened rule of Gen Pinochet and his entourage...
Wow. Those RAF Vulcans would have bombed Argentina’s beef industry to well done in a heartbeat.
Seems the Brits don’t forget not only who their enemies were, but their enemies’ enablers as well.
When I was stationed in Germany in the early 1980’s we were told that the British Army of the Rhine was there not only to keep an eye on the Soviets, but on the Germans as well.
And ask any Briton old enough to remember just what they still think of the Japanese. No PC, I assure you.
Because Chile would have been so much better off with Allende and his Soviet stooges. /s
The Russkies do not forget their military past either.
No, they just constantly revise it.
That left a mark
Pinochet provided Britain with valuable intelligence to help them fight the Argies.
The armies of both Chile & Argentina wore German helmets & uniforms since WW1. Both have expatriate German communities and following two world wars there was lots of surplus German accoutrements. I’ve seen pix of Chilean soldiers wearing the old spiked helmets and the steel helmets are everywhere in the footage of the Evita Peron funeral.
Fifty years ago, Afghanistan’s army wore German helmets & greatcoats. Go figure.
That was one factor.