Falklands 30 - On this day - May 1, 1982

Picture: Malcolm Wells

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MAY 1, 1982 saw Britain step up its efforts to retake the Falklands from Argentina.

The first Special Forces landings on the Islands coincided with air raids on Port Stanley airport by a RAF Vulcan bomber and Fleet Air Arm Sea Harriers.

The navy’s jets also bombed Goose Green where 114 Falklanders were taken prisoner by Argentina and held in the settlement’s Recreation Club.

Three Argentine aircraft were shot down and the naval bombardment of Stanley began.

Fourteen Stanley residents previously sent to Fox Bay East were placed under house arrest.

Foreign secretary Francis Pym returned to London from talks in Washington.