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NUNN, Richard James

CFHS Ref 10982
War Falklands
Surname NUNN
Forenames Richard James
Nationality UK
Rank Lieutenant
Service No N023329F
Unit / Vessel 3 Commando Brigade
Service Royal Marines
Awards
Distinguished Flying CrossDistinguished Flying Cross
South Atlantic MedalSouth Atlantic Medal
Citations DFC – On Friday 28th May 1982 the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment was engaged in fierce fighting to take enemy positions in the area of Port Darwin. From dawn, Lieutenant Nunn, a Scout helicopter pilot, had supported the Battalion flying vital ammunition forward to the front line and had evacuated casualties heedless of enemy ground fire. After flying continuously for three and a half hours, it was learnt that the Commanding Officer and others in Battalion Tactical Headquarters forward had been severly wounded, Lieutenant Nunn was tasked to evacuate these casualties collecting the Battalion Second in Command en route. However, five minutes after take off, suddenly and without prior warning, two Pucare aircraft appeared from the South and attacked the Scout with rockets and cannon fire. By great flying skill Lieutenant Nunn evaded the first attack but on the second his aircraft was hit and destroyed. Lieutenant Nunn was killed instantly and his aircrewman Sergeant Belcher was grieviously wounded. Lieutenant Nunn displayed exceptional courage, flying skill and complete devotion to duty in the face of the enemy. His achievements that day, supporting the Battalion, were exceptional and were instrumental in the eventual victory.
Interred San Carlos Cemetery
Parish War Memorial Polperro WM
Other Memorial Armed Forces Memorial
County/Country Staffordshire.
County/Country (Cemetery) Falkland Islands
Age 27
Year Born 1954
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