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Old 29-04-2014, 08:09 PM   #123
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Sergeant John Battersby, 31, of Lancashire, and Corporal Lee Fitzsimmons, 26, from Peterborough, died when their RAF Puma crashed near Baghdad in 2007 after the Puma helicopter in which they were chasing insurgents crash-landed before Xploding..The pilot of the helicopter, known only as Soldier J, told an inquest into the deaths of the 2 men that he believed their lives would not have been lost if he had not had to use shoddy radio devices..He also said that he believed the radio system was still being used in theatre..He said that if he had been equipped with "a radio that worked", he would have had a clearer understanding of the events going on around him and safely landed his Puma helicopter..Instead the aircraft, loaded with SAS personnel and huge amounts of ammunition, crashed while trying to land...

Kingsman is also a family name, believed to have derived from certain farmers in the Middle Ages held their land directly from the king, without any feudal lord in between. Descendant families include Kingman, Kinsman and Kinman..A cenotaph is an "empty tomb" or a monument erected in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere. It can also be the initial tomb for a person who has since been interred elsewhere.. The word derives from the Greek: κενοτάφιον = kenotaphion (kenos, one meaning being "empty", "tomb")..The vast majority of cenotaphs are erected in honour of individuals, many noted cenotaphs are instead dedicated to the memories of groups of individuals, such as the lost soldiers of one country or empire..Cenotaphs were common in the ancient world with many built in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and across Northern Europe (in the shape of Neolithic barrows)..Memorial was designed by Mr. Arthur, who became a senior partner in the architectural firm of Bradshaw, Gass and Hope of Bolton in 1902.. Mr Hope was a local resident and lived at The Woodlands, Atherton...
129 helicopters and 24 fixed-wing aircraft have been reported by media to be lost in Iraq since the 2003 invasion till February 2009. 46 of these incidents have been attributed to hostile fire such as anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles..At least 283 personnel have been killed in helicopter crashes since the invasion, and 19 have died in fixed-wing crashes..5 British troops, including personnel from Prince Harry’s former Army unit, have been killed in the UK’s worst helicopter crash in Afghanistan..The tragedy happened when the Lynx helicopter, believed to be on a reconnaissance mission, came down in a mountainous Taliban stronghold close to the Pakistan border..Soon after the crash at 11am local time, Taliban insurgents claimed they had shot the helicopter down with a rocket.The hearing was told that valves are now checked regularly and the Pumas have been fitted with night vision goggles... Come on, double up! Pick 'em up! Hup! 2! 3! Four! Hup! Two! Three! Four! Pick 'em up! Pick 'em up! PICK 'EM UP! Hup! Two! Three! 4! Hup! Two! Three! Four! Pick 'em up! Pick 'em up...!

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