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Can anyone shed any light on what vehicles were used by the RAF Regiment as Gun Tractors in the 1980's

Just finished reading Ian Gardiners "The Yompers" (45 Commando in the Falklands) and includes an interesting photo of a captured Argentine AA gun that has been installed on the heli deck of a ship (I think one of the LSL's in Port Stanley harbour).

I know an Auxiliary RAF Regiment was formed at RAF Waddington that employed captured AA guns and Skyguard Radars (the main search radar from Stanley ended up at RAF Buchan)

The 35mm GDF system is detailed here and has the entry on the Waddington unit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oerlikon_GDF

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Not been able to find any pictures/details in RAF service. Any ideas/suggestions on what would have been used to support this equipment?

Not the best image but an example of the smaller 20mm Rheinmetall AA gun on the flight deck of HMS Fearless

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An example at Goose Green - a well know image of the Gurkhas having relieved 2 Para following arrival of 5 Infantry Brigade

I don't believe these 20mm guns were ever used post war. They just ended up as trophies with examples at IWM and Muckleburgh amongst other places. These look to be of a size that they could have been towed by Landrovers (as were the components of Rapier).

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I was thinking something a bit bigger than a Unimog.....

I know what you mean about the Unimog tow tractors used for the Harriers on dispersed field locations. Those tended to be the short wheelbase versions.

Thanks for the link - never knew about the long base versions.

I did have a look to see what trucks the Argentines were using. Supposedly a Mercedes of some form. Apparently a number were returned to the UK  (according to the ARRSE website) but apparently Mercedes were never paid by the Argentine goverment for the truck contract so declined to provide spares.

The trucks left on the Falklands were run into the ground in the couple of years following the War and scrapped.

Did the RB44 ever end up in RAF regiment service?

From the photo a normal battery was two guns plus a radar trailer (there were 6 Radars recovered although one was in a bad way plus 13 guns) so at least 3 tractors required for a battery plus supporting vehicles. Crews would travel in the tractors, plus a Landie and a suitable vehicle for ammuniton and a fuel tanker.

What was used for the Bofors L70's before they were declared obsolete - Bedford MJ's?

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There's an example on loan from the RAF Museum to the RAF Regiment Museum.

Will need to take a look as all the pictures i have found so far show the system all set up and ready to go. 

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By example you mean the AA gun?

Is that the heritage centre at RAF Honington?

I have found a couple of references to tractors but they are generic - 5 tonne 6x6 truck

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Yes, the gun (still waiting for the RAF Reg to give up the radar), and the centre is at Honington.

 

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