HMS Penelope Chaundler May 31 1982 Falklands

Just after Goose Green, Para-qualified Lt. Col. David Chaundler was rushed from a staff position with MoD in London, boarded an RAF C-130 for Wideawake Airfield on Ascension Island, then carried another 3,300 miles for a parachute landing into the sea from 1,500, landing near the frigate HMS Penelope. Dubbed Operation Ursula, it remains longest distance combat drop (8,000 miles all told) into an active conflict zone in history, and Chaundler was the only member of the Parachute Regiment to jump into the Falklands.

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