Final resting place of D-Day heroes discovered thanks to a gold ring

October 1, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

The wreckage of a missing RAF Lancaster bomber shot down 68 years ago on D-Day has been identified by a British historian – from the inscription on a crew member’s gold ring.

Corporal Stephen Curley: An Apology

August 13, 2011 | by | 1 Comment

South West News Service would like to apologise for any distress caused to the friends and family of a hero and celebrate the memory of a great man. A report provided by SWNS from an inquest into the death of Corporal Stephen Curley and published in a local newspaper may have inferred that he deviated…

World War One camouflage should be adopted for today’s wars

June 2, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Britain’s Armed forces should be revert to using 95-year-old ‘dazzle camouflage’ techniques to fight today’s wars, experts claimed today. University of Bristol boffins believe painting Army vehicles with vibrant, garish shapes makes them less susceptible to rocket propelled grenade attacks. The startling shapes affect the enemy’s perception of their target, distorting the objects range, size,…

Osama bin Laden’s home on Google Earth

May 9, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Osama bin Laden’s infamous hideaway is now only a click away – after boffins uploaded it to Google Earth. The former Al Qaeda leader’s lair in Abbottabad, Pakistan, has been recreated using Google 3D Warehouse. Web users can browse around the perimeter of the compound and even take a virtual stroll in the grounds. The…

Soldier refused entry to bar

May 6, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

A soldier who works guarding The Queen has told of his ”disgust” after he was refused entry to a bar because he was a member of the armed forces. Trooper Jack Little, 19, of the Household Cavalry Blues and Royals, protects the royal family, politicians and foreign leaders at Horse Guards Parade, London. He also…

Widow condemns “vulgar” bin Laden celebrations

May 5, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

The widow of a serviceman killed in Afghanistan today condemned the ”vulgar” celebrations following Osama bin Laden’s death. Heartbroken Kirianne Curley’s Royal Marine husband Stephen, 26, died in an explosion while on foot patrol in Sangin in May last year. But Kirianne, 28, of Exeter, Devon, refuses to celebrate the death of the world’s most…

RAF Voyager touches down on UK soil

April 19, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

The largest RAF plane in history has touched down on British soil for the first time. The Voyager, a new tanker and transport plane, is nearly 197ft long with a 197ft wingspan – twice the size of a Lancaster bomber. It can carry a staggering 291 troops for more than 6,000 miles and refuel another…

Two British soldiers killed in Afghanistan repatriated

March 30, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

This is the heartbreaking moment two British soldiers were repatriated from Afghanistan after they were killed just six days before they were due to fly home. Friends and family of Mark Burgan Major Matthew Collins, 38, and Lance Sergeant Mark Burgan, 28, served together with 1st Battalion The Irish Guards. They lost their lives on…

Vulcan aircraft makes final flight from RAF Lyneham

March 29, 2011 | by | 1 Comment

The only remaining flying Vulcan – the last all-British designed and built military aircraft – flew out of RAF Lyneham for the last time today. The Vulcan was on constant standby to drop the atomic bomb during the Cold War and was decisive during the Falklands conflict. But now there is just the historic XH558…

Bomb-laden Tornado fighter jets depart RAF airbase

March 22, 2011 | by | 1 Comment

Several Tornado GR4 jet fighters fully loaded with bombs took off from RAF Marham, Norfolk, this morning. Two of the grey fighter planes left the air base at 11.45am today with each carrying a number of bombs and missiles. A spokesman for the base refused to confirm whether the planes are heading for the Gioia…

US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle warplane crashes in Libya

March 22, 2011 | by | 1 Comment

A US fighter jet has crashed in a Libyan field with the two crew members on board forced to eject from the falling aircraft. It’s claimed the F-15E Strike Eagle warplane came down after suffering a mechanical error with the US Air Force denying it had been shot down. One of the crew members was…

Bomb-proof ‘string vest’ developed for armoured vehicles

March 21, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

Military boffins have developed this bomb-proof ‘string vest’ which can be fitted to armoured vehicles and withstand roadside blasts and grenades. The Tarian Quickshield netting is designed to act as a temporary ‘band aid’ to replace broken bar armour damaged in combat. It can be fitted without any tools and is strong enough to protect…

Wootton Bassett awarded ‘Royal’ status by Queen

March 16, 2011 | by | 1 Comment

The Queen is to grant Wootton Bassett ‘Royal’ status in tribute to the town’s support during the repatriation of fallen soldiers, the Prime Minister announced today. David Cameron said the honour will be granted for the first time in over 100 years as an ”enduring symbol” of the nation’s gratitude. Residents of the Wiltshire town…

Soldier and his loyal search dog repatriated from Afghanistan

March 10, 2011 | by | 9 Comments

A soldier shot dead in Afghanistan was repatriated today – alongside his loyal search dog which died just hours later. Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, 26, was killed by a sniper in Helmand Province on March 1 and his springer spaniel Theo died soon afterwards from a seizure. Their remains were flown into RAF Lyneham in…

Emotional scenes as Royal Welsh soldiers return from Afghanistan

February 25, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

This is the tender moment a young father returning home from a gruelling tour of Afghanistan swept up his four-month-old daughter – for only the second time. Brave dad Lt Benedict Large kissed and cuddled baby Annabel and wife Kirsty, 24, as he returned home with his 98 comrades from B Company 2nd Battalion The…

Last soldier to die in Falklands conflict has island named after him

February 16, 2011 | by | 1 Comment

The parents of the last soldier to die in the Falklands conflict have bought one of the disputed islands – and named it after him as a permanent memorial to their hero son. Brave Craig Jones, 20, was killed on the morning of 13 June 1982 when he was hit by shell fire on Mount…

Linda Norgrove inquest: US commando tells of moment he threw grenade that killed aid worker

February 15, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

A US commando told today how his mind was racing at ”a million miles a minute” as he threw a grenade which killed a British aid worker he was trying to rescue. Linda Norgrove’s family at today’s inquest Tragic Linda Norgrove, 36, died during a failed attempt to save her from insurgents who were holding…