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Helicopter crash - Lively Island (FI, 1982)

Old 27th May 2018, 00:02
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Helicopter crash - Lively Island (FI, 1982)

Hello all,

Recently, a friend of mine who was there in 1982 (and was in charge of surveying the Argentine crash sites shortly after the war) told me he found on June 22, 1982 a Puma wreck north (or NE) of Lively Island.

I am pretty puzzled about it, because no Argentine Puma was lost there. Or even near there.

I am looking for the fate of Puma AE-505, shot down on May 9, 1982, at 1907z, by a Sea Dart launched from HMS Coventry. Coventry and HMS Broadsword were at the time S of the islands capital: Broadsword detected the helo over land and near Port Harriet and transmitted the helo position via link. Coventry then gained the contact and launched a single Sea Dart, which travelled 13 mn and impacted the helo near Port Pleasant (probably over land, according to Coventry´s BoI) - considerable distance from Lively Island.

It was the first Sea Dart kill ever. All crewmembers were lost.

According to my friend (who was very kind to dig out his own notes from that time), the Puma remains were burned out and no crew were identified.

Oddly enough, the Argentine Army always considered the helo crashed in the water, so no question was ever asked about this one.

I am aware some Ppruners were deployed down south after the 1982 war. Anyone remember about a crash site on Lively Island? Or have further info about this Argentine Army Puma AE-505? I think it could be very important for the relatives to know the full story.

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Old 27th May 2018, 02:57
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What I've found via various sources. On the morning of the 9 May two Sea Harriers from HMS Hermes were sent to bomb Stanley but failed to accomplish due cloud over the target. During their return to Hermes they detected a surface contact by radar which turned out to be the Argentinian fishing vessel Narwal. The aircraft attacked using bombs and cannon. One bomb hit the trawler but failed to explode because of being dropped from too low an altitude. Two other Sea Harriers also attacked with cannon leaving the ship crippled. Seaman Contramaestre Omar Rupp was killed and others injured. A Sea King let down a Royal Marine boarding party and took over the ship. The presence of an Argentinian Naval officer plus certain documents confirmed the ship’s use in gathering intelligence. The prisoners were returned to Argentinia via Montevideo on 2 June.

In the afternoon of the 9 May a Puma from Stanley attempted to find and help the Narwal and was shot down by the Coventry into the sea in Choiseul Sound (Lively Island is at the mouth of Choiseul Sound). No trace was ever found of the aircraft or three crew. The crash site is given as due north of Lively Island and close to the mainland. Pilot First Leut. Roberto Fiorito, copilot First Leut. Juan Buschiazzo were the first Argentinian Army officers to be killed in the Falklands area, crewman Sgt. Raul Dimotta. .

Much of the information comes from "Argentine Fight for the Falklands" by Martin Middlebrook.

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Thanks a lot Megan.

According to Coventry BoI, AE-505 was engaged near Port Pleasant. But a Puma wreck was found on Lively Island. Around 17 nm distance.
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The only Puma wreck that I am aware of from the conflict is on West Falkland, roughly in the area near Port Howard on a ridge, AFAIR.
IIRC, it was shot down by a Harrier/Sea Harrier. We used to fly over it regularly when I was down there in ‘88.
If your friend identified the other wreck as a Puma, then it sounds as if this is AE-505. 17 Miles is close enough, given the possible confusion that may have occurred during the campaign. Unless anyone positively saw it impacting the water on that day, it almost certainly is your missing Puma
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The only Puma wreck that I am aware of from the conflict is on West Falkland
That would be one of the aircraft lost 23 May I'd presume. Puma losses during the conflict, all Argentinean.

3 April - Puma SA.330L of CAB 601 shot down at Grytviken, South Georgia by Royal Marine small arms fire.
9 May - Puma SA.330L of CAB 601 shot down over Choiseul Sound by Sea Dart fired by HMS Coventry (4.10 pm). Crew of three lost.
21 May - Puma SA.330L of CAB 601 badly damaged on ground near Mount Kent in same attack by Sqdn Ldr Pook and Flt Lt Hare RAF in 1(F) Sqdn Harrier GR.3's using 30mm cannon (8.00 am). Destroyed on 26th in same position by Sqdn Ldr Pook using CBU's.
23 May - Puma SA.330L of CAB 601 flew into ground near Shag Cove House, West Falkland attempting to evade Flt Lt Morgan RAF in No.800 NAS Sea Harrier (10.30 am). All crew escaped.
23 May - Puma SA.330L of CAB 601 also in same incident near Shag Cove House, West Falkland damaged on ground by Flt Lt Morgan with 30mm cannon (10.30 am). Then believed shortly destroyed by Lt Cmdr Gedge and Lt Cmdr Braithwaite RN in No.801 Sea Harriers with more cannon fire
30 May - Puma SA.330L of CAB 601 shot down by SAS with Stinger missile two miles north of Mount Kent. 6 passengers killed, crew survived. Tail section and rotor blades reported as still there twenty years later.

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Last time I was down south not too long ago, the MT Kent Puma wreck is still there. The wreckage of the 2 Puma in A4 alley south of Shag Cove appeared to have been removed, but I might have mis identified the site
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I think it could be very important for the relatives to know the full story.
I think the parents would be aware of the story. The Presidential heliport is named in honour of Roberto Mario Fiorito, the PIC of AE-505. Mother on the left with the President, Cristina Fernandez



Another pic includes his Father, on the left.


a Puma wreck north (or NE) of Lively Island
I'd suggest on the mainland, not on Lively Island, as he says north of the island. Snap of Chinook wreckage north of Mt. Kent.


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Hello Megan,

I am positive the relatives have no clue about what really happend with the Puma, or where exactly was shot down. In fact, they believe the helo was shot down over sea, near Sea Lion Island.

If i match Coventry´s BoI with Broadsword log (Coventry´s log was lost), this is what happened:



Lively (Boungaville) is circled, some 17 miles south of the engagement area.

All others helos lost were accounted for:



A mistery is in place!

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The MT Kent Puma wreck is about 2 mile north of the Chinook wreck Megan
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Interesting decsription " North (or NE) of Lively Island" - did he mean in the North/North East of Lively or one of the islands in that area (Including, in this context, the interestingly named North East Island)
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The following is the speech made by the President at the heliport opening. You might note that she says Fiorito "disappeared", that also implies the aircraft "disappeared". If the aircraft had crashed on land there would be crew remains of some sort.

https://translate.google.com/transla...on&prev=search
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Recently, a friend of mine who was there in 1982 (and was in charge of surveying the Argentine crash sites shortly after the war) told me he found on June 22, 1982 a Puma wreck north (or NE) of Lively Island.
Well if you can ask him for a more precise location I am sure someone can go and take a look and post some photos and part serial numbers. it sound sufficiently important - especially since it implies that, if correct, the crew remains will still be in place.
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Well if you can ask him for a more precise location I am sure someone can go and take a look and post some photos and part serial numbers. it sound sufficiently important - especially since it implies that, if correct, the crew remains will still be in place.
Sadly, he does not remember and his personal notes were not accurate in the location.

The info must be there somewhere, because he was in an official task, and reporting the findings to an higher HQ. I am sure, also, Avenger flight OC reported the locations to his HQ too.

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My guess he is referring to one of the two Pumas at the Mount Kent location which is north east of Lively. If AE-505 had come down on land it would have been located.
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My guess he is referring to one of the two Pumas at the Mount Kent location which is north east of Lively. If AE-505 had come down on land it would have been located.
No. He is positive about a Puma wreck on Lively. Really, he was looking for HMS Fearless LCU Foxtrot 4, lost on June 8th, 1982 in that general area. Regards,
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Could it have been a misidentification of undercarriage?

See following post from 2009 on Keymags.

On my second deployment to the Falklands in 1982 I went ashore on Lively Island and was shown part of an undercarriage that the locals said was from a downed Argentine Canberra. They told us the Canberra crashed with such force the earth shook noticeably. Can they be right about it being a Canberra? Did any other Argentine aircraft crash on Lively Island?
https://forum.keypublishing.com/show...64#post1356464

Could the undercarriage have been the nosewheel of Canberra B-108 that was misidentified as being from a Puma? (Double wheels)



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Marcantilan, In your opening post you said,
told me he found on June 22, 1982 a Puma wreck north (or NE) of Lively Island
Now in your latest post you say,
He is positive about a Puma wreck on Lively
The two statements obviously don't agree, with the exception of AE-505 all the Pumas lost are accounted for with physical wreckage. AE-505 certainly did not crash on Lively given the Presidents speech. Have a read through this thread, you'll see in the heat of battle and the fog of war even the participants are not too sure what may have occurred.

Falklands Crash Sites
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Originally Posted by TEEEJ View Post
Could it have been a misidentification of undercarriage?

See following post from 2009 on Keymags.



https://forum.keypublishing.com/show...64#post1356464

Could the undercarriage have been the nosewheel of Canberra B-108 that was misidentified as being from a Puma? (Double wheels)



Very interesting info TEEEJ. I am going to contact Griffiths911 (I know him) to try to clear the picture.
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Originally Posted by megan View Post
Marcantilan, In your opening post you said,Now in your latest post you say,The two statements obviously don't agree, with the exception of AE-505 all the Pumas lost are accounted for with physical wreckage. AE-505 certainly did not crash on Lively given the Presidents speech. Have a read through this thread, you'll see in the heat of battle and the fog of war even the participants are not too sure what may have occurred.

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Sorry, I can´t see the contradiction. As the President´s speech, believe me, she had no clue.
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Originally Posted by Marcantilan View Post
Very interesting info TEEEJ. I am going to contact Griffiths911 (I know him) to try to clear the picture.
No problem, Marcantilan. Good luck with your search for info.
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