NEWCOMBE, Andrew Bennett

Unit / Base: 
3 Commando Bde. Air Squadron
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Honours & Awards: 
Captain Andrew Newcombe received a Mention in Despatches  in recognition of service during the operations in the South Atlantic.
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.
London Gazette 49134, page 12842.
National Archives file WO373/188/197.

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