Flight

Operation Corporate Flight

Information has been taken from  HMS BRILLIANT FLIGHT – OPERATIONAL REPORT ON OPERATION CORPORATE 9TH july82

Diary of events has been added to the diary pages.

 

 Lieutenant Commander Bryant’s first class and most comprehensive report reflects the manner in which he and the flight have conducted themselves throughout the operation

J F Coward

Captain

Royal Navy

Photo Dean Bliss                                                                                           Ras Tidespring

Introduction

HMS BRILLIANT Flight was reinforced by HMS AVENGER Flight for Exercise SPRINGTRAIN 82 during HMS AVENGERS DED. The second flight embarked on 16Mch and completed initial phases of SPRINGTRAIN before visit to Gibraltar on 24-28 Mch.

NOMINAL LIST – (1 April – -30 June)

1. Aircrew

Lieutenant Commander B W BRYANT Royal Navy (o) 

Lieutenant Commander J N CLARK  Royal Navy (P)

Lieutenant Commander  M J KAY  Royal Navy (P)

Lieutenant  P A McKAY  Royal Navy (O)

 Lieutenant  N A M BUTLER  Royal Navy (P)

2 Maintenance personnel

AEMN (M)1   P J O’HARA

AEMN (R)1    N J ELMER

AEA (L)2          R M VICARY

AEA (L)1          R G PEACH

POAEM(M)   M J GRANT

POAEM (R)    D A ROSS

AEM(M)           D W TURNER

AEM (L)           J D HOUSE

AEM (M)         E GOODALL

AEM (L)           M C NELSON

 

Maintainers

BRILLIANT Flight had 12 maintainers during Operation CORPORATE being the normal single aircraft complement plus the M1 L1 R2 and M3 form Avengers flight. These divided naturally into two defence watches  of five with the SMR and one JR working flexible day routine, thus providing a mobile service reserve to meet any crisis, cover minor injuries and progress routine cleaning and paperwork. Six hourly defence watches were worked with the ship and the deck remained at 15 minutes notice throughout the period. The above complement was just adequate for the task, but extreme effort was called upon during heavy flying periods when maintenance requirements conflicted with the necessity to work the deck. 

 

Refuelling 

Photo Bill                                                            Coming in to Land.  A jolly for the lads on the way home.

” No need to close the doors” lets do a simulated ship attack and as we go up what seems vertically we will just fall out of the sky”

I’m now an avid sailor.”

CREW FLYING HOURS                                      

April                                               Day          Night       May       Day      Night          June   Day     Night            Total     Day              Night

BRYANT                                      69.50       24.05                       50.01   34.00                     60.40    17.15                         180.40        75.20

Kay (to 11th April)                12.35        8.10                                                                                                                                      12.35           8.10

CLARK  from 18th April    44.55        8.15                          41.45   34.55                     60.15     8.15                           146.55        51.45

BUTLER                                       76.25       29.05                       46.35   34.00                      64.30    20.00                         187.30        83.05

McKAY                                         62.05       18.50                       42.15    32.25                     67.25    10.15                         171.45        61.30           

                                                                      

 

WEAPONS DROPPED

1 Mk 46 Torpedo                                       25 April v SANTA FE,                         Cumberland Bay, South Georgia.

2 Mk 46 Torpedo’s                                    1May v SAN LUIS,                                North of Falkland Islands.

1 Mk 46 Torpedo                                        5 may                                                          Near wreck of SHEFFIELD

Approx   400 rounds .762 GPMG     25 April v SANTA FE                          Cumberland Bay, South Georgia.

Approx   600 rounds .762 GPMG     9 May v enemy positions                 PORT HOWARD

Approx   100 rounds .762 GPMG     16 May enemy positions                  FOX BAY

6   4.5        Flares dropped                       9 May   around enemy positions  PORT HOWARD

MISCELLANEOUS  STATISTICS

a. Total Deck landings 1April -30 June – 860.00

b. Hours flown by aircraft held by HMS BRILLIANT 1 April-30 June- 490.00

Photo Bill                                                                                                                 Lynx Cockpit

Photoshop print Bill