Hostile Skies: The Battle for the Falklands Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The gripping personal story of a Falklands Fighter Ace.
David Morgan, RAF officer and poet, relives his experiences during the Falklands War in this vivid memoir. On secondment to the Royal Navy when the Argentine invasion of the Falklands began, and personally credited with shooting down two Argentine Skyhawks as well as enemy helicopters, Morgan was later awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Here he recounts his involvement in the first British airstrike against Argentine positions around Port Stanley and describes being first on the scene when enemy jets bombed the landing ships Sir Tristram and Sir Galahad. Including the author's heartfelt letters sent back to England to close family and friends, Hostile Skies dramatically recalls what it was really like to fight, live and love during the Falklands War.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 47 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||25 February 2021|
|Publisher||QUEST from W. F. Howes Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank||
42,175 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
270 in Military & War Biographies
913 in 20th Century History
13,453 in Biographies & Memoirs (Books)
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If you want to sit beside the pilot as he flies his Harrier in action, experiencing his euphoria, sadness and terror,
If want to know some of the tricks and improvisations used to ensure survival and success flying the remarkable Harrier jump jet in action and in remote adverse conditions,
If you want to feel compassion for those who faced the Harrier and it's weapon systems and didn't survive then,
I urge you to READ Hostile Skies.
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This is an ok read. It obviously was cathartic for the author and like all the blokes down south I will doff my hat to them and him.
I'm not sure if he is looking for public redemption regarding the waffle about his letters to wife and mistress. But it was a bit of a throbber's attitude and he does come across as a wan*er.
By his own admission he has referred to other works such as The Falklands Air War to straighten out the time lines and link the action to the hardware and I noted some references to "Sharkey" Ward's biography and others, but it helps to give a balanced view of the action. It was interesting to compare life in H.M.S. Hermes, as opposed to that of 801 Sq. based in H.M.S. Invincible as narrated by Lt. Cdr Ward.
David Morgan's story is unique in that a significant part of the narrative is linked to his home life - rather brave I thought. Still two Skyhawks in as many minutes proves that he earned his keep and even the Navy recommended that he was awarded a DSC!
I think you have to accept the writer and get on with the content: David Morgan seems to be the sort of chap that can do observation and descriptive writing which I felt could really take you there. He is clearly aware how he felt personally each step of the way and is able to get these different feelings across to you. On the other hand I found Sharkey Ward generally to be cross (quite rightly at time!s) about things that he felt could have been done better (like more Pilots and Harriers) which I think he successfully argues could have saved some of the ships sunk by bombs.
For example at the start of the book Morgan tells you he had suffered PTSD before writing it. I suspect that Ward didn't and even if he had he wouldn't add it to the pages, they are just different authors with different ideas about what matters.
Both chaps were extremely courageous, served their country, lost valued comrades and saved peoples lives.
I believe this is a very valuable contemporary account and I'm glad David Morgan took the time to write it