Westland Lynx XZ233

  • Falklands Veteran aircraft operated from HMS Argonaut in the 1982 conflict, and took part in the mission to rescue crew from HMS Antelope after the ship had been bombed. The Lynx came close to being engaged by an Argentine Aermacchi MB-339 on May 21, and remarkably survived an aerial engagement with two IAI Dagger jets on June 13 when they tried to shoot her down. Lt. Chris Clayton executed some skilful manoeuvres to escape the aggressors.

  • Clayton later flew the OC of 40 Commando, Lt Col Malcolm Hunt, to Port Howard aboard XZ233 to accept the surrender of the Argentine garrison stationed there. Prior to retirement, the helicopter received a special 40th anniversary blue paint.

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