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
Photo Dean Bliss Ras Tidespring
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)
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
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.
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
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
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