Served with No. 1 (Fighter) Squadron of the RAF in the Falklands War, 1982. It flew at least nine sorties between 2 & 14 June 1982, operating from HMS Hermes & the temporary forward airstrip at Port San Carlos. It carried out attacks with 1000 lb bombs, cluster bombs & rockets against Argentine positions near Stanley, on Mounts Harriet, Longdon & Tumbledown & on Sapper Hill. On 11 June, over Mount Longdon, an Argentine surface-to-air missile exploded only 100ft above its cockpit.
8 July 76 - April 82 served with 233 OCU but with some time at A.D.A and Belize.
19 April 82 - 12 Aug 83 with No.1 Squadron at Wittering including Falklands War service (see below)
12 Aug 83 - 30 Aug 83 with No.3 Squadron at Gutersloh
30 Aug 83 - April 86 back with No.1 Squadron at Wittering
18 April 86 - 14 May 86 with Nos.3 and 4 Squadron at Gutersloh
29 May 86 - Dec 88 back with No.1 Squadron
16 Dec 88 with No.4 Squadron at Gutersloh
On 29.03.82 it was with 233OCU coded P at Wittering, transferring to 1(F)
Sqn during April 82. This may account for the lack of a name under the
starboard windscreen. It was flown from Wittering to St Mawgan on 28.05.82
and from there directly to Wideawake, Ascension, on 29.05.82*.
01.06.82 - XZ133/10 was flown by Flt Lt Murdo MacLeod from Wideawake direct
to Hermes. For this flight it was fitted with an IFR probe, 2x 100gal tanks
on the outer pylons and 2x 330 gal ferry tanks on the inboard pylons. The
starboard gun pod was fitted with the Blue Eric ECM fit. The large ferry
tanks were jettisoned prior to landing on Hermes, the 100 gal tanks being
retained for ops. (* This "ferry" configuration was also used for the flight
from the UK to Ascension.) XV778/16 flown by Flt Lt Mike Beech accompanied
XZ133 on this epic 8h 20mins flight, with IFR support from 4 Victors. The
RFA Engadine was the only diversion en route, at roughly half distance;
other than that, SAR was not an option!
02.06.82 - Sqn Ldr Jerry Pook in XZ989/07 and Flt Lt Murdo MacLeod in XZ133
supported ground forces in a 45 min sortie armed with the RN's 2" rocket
06.06.82 - Sqn Ldr Jerry Pook in XZ989/07 and Flt Lt Murdo MacLeod in XZ133
departed Hermes some 240 miles east of Port Stanley at 1200Z to position to
the Forward Operating Base at Port San Carlos. They carried out further
attacks in the Stanley area and a recon mission looking for ground launched
11.06.82 - Sqn Ldr Pook in XV789/32 and Flt Lt Mike Beech in XZ133 attacked
positions on Mt Harriet c.1450Z.