Aged 21, Harry was one of the youngest helicopter pilots to serve in the Falklands war. Following two tours as a Royal Navy pilot, Harry moved to Asia in 1988 with his wife Kate to work in finance and start a family. Surviving a marital crisis, he sold his share of a successful partnership and returned to the UK in 1997. After acquiring a 1st class degree in Psychology from Bristol University, he started what has become Britain’s most successful local relationship project, Bristol Community Family Trust, teaching practical relationship skills to thousands of couples. He has now been married 25 years and has six children.
His writing includes co-authoring two influential family policy papers for the Centre for Social Justice – Breakdown Britain and Breakthrough Britain – writing several high profile research papers, and editing an online international academic book What Works in Relationship Education. His two paperback books are Mentoring Marriages and Let’s Stick Together – The Relationship Book for New Parents, both published by Lion Hudson.
His latest book, Scram: The Untold Story of the Helicopter War in the Falklands, was published by Preface in March 2012.
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SCRAM: THE GRIPPING FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF THE HELICOPTER WAR IN THE FALKLANDS – buy it here.
In April 1982 Harry Benson was a 21-year-old Royal Navy commando helicopter pilot, fresh out of training and one of the youngest helicopter pilots to serve in the Falklands War. These pilots, nicknamed ‘junglies’, flew most of the land-based missions in the Falklands in their Sea King and Wessex helicopters. Much of what happened in the war – the politics, task force ships, Sea Harriers, landings, Paras and Marines – is well-known and documented. But almost nothing is known of the young commando helicopter pilots and aircrewmen who made it all happen on land and sea. This is their ‘Boys Own’ story, told for the very first time.
Harry Benson has interviewed forty of his former colleagues for the book creating a tale of skill, initiative, resourcefulness, humour, luck, and adventure. This is a fast-paced, meticulously researched and compelling account written by someone who was there, in the cockpit of a Wessex helicopter.
If you liked Apache, Vulcan 607 and Chickenhawk, you’ll love Scram!
The word “Scram” was used to warn other junglies to go to ground or risk being shot down by their own side as Argentinean jets blasted through ‘bomb alley’.
PUBLISHER: Preface (Random House)
PUBLICATION DATE: 15th March 2012