If you’ve ever wondered just how deep the ties of brotherhood in the military can extend, this video is an amazing example.
Lance Corporal Ford was in enemy controlled territory when he sustained injuries that wouldn’t allow him to make it back himself. Heading into that territory was a very dangerous move, but his buddies took the risk that came with it in stride, even adding a little extra on their own by doing it attached to the wings of the chopper!
“Dubbed Flight of the Phoenix, it was the first time such a risky operation had been conducted by British forces in the field of battle.
Despite coming under fire from heavily armed Taliban insurgents, the men were determined to risk their lives to recover their colleague Lance Corporal Mathew Ford, who had been shot as he led his troops in storming a heavily defended fort used as a Taliban headquarters.
Apaches cannot carry passengers, so the Marines strapped themselves to the outsides of the helicopters, buckling themselves to the handgrips the pilots use to climb into the cockpit.
They then flew back into the combat zone to swoop on the compound as two more Apaches hovered above, laying down fire to keep the Taliban at bay.”
Unfortunately the injuries Ford sustained were too great, and he passed away. One thing’s for sure though, no one can say the Royal Marines aren’t badasses, and they’ve proven themselves hundreds of times over to be so much more. These guys are incredibly dedicated, and it pains me that they weren’t able to save their friend. Our hearts go out to all of them, and their families, but what a rescue attempt!
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