Para/airborne accident in Jersey, late 70s

#1
Hello all

Following on from the thread on here about the Kiel canal accident, can anyone shed any light on an incident on the island of Jersey in the Seventies in which a number of men drowned during a series of displays landing on/near a beach in Jersey?

I was on holiday there at the time, and remember watching the displays well. One of my enduring memories of my childhood was standing in the back of (I think) a Landrover firing a belt of blank through a tripod mounted GPMG. My nephew still has the belt and cases I was allowed to collect out the back of the rover!

Can anyone remember this, or shed anymore light on it? I only remember the details from my Dad, I wasn't very old, and suppose my parents kept the details quiet to not spoil the holiday.
 
#2
Don't know about the 70's as that is way before my time however Ex Chansplash, involving SPAG and bods from Hereford / Poole was a regular event with lots of PR with the locals
 

sirbhp

LE
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#3
there was a terrible accident with the scottish TA paras in the 1970's dropped into a canal on exercise and a few of them drowned . Not sure at this distance but I think 12 of them carked it . Seem to remember a railway tunnel and tracks come into it as well ...
 
#4
I seem to recall something about a drop in Jersey maybe 77 or 78, possibly earlier - we were on holiday in Guernsey at the time and my Dad was munking about having to pay when he could have come for free.

Only a vague recollection though
 
#5
Nobby

The dates seem about right. I think they jumped over a period of 3 days, and unfortunately one or two guys drowned on each day. I cant seem to find anything about it on Google, although I'm not sure quite what I'm looking for...
 
#6
Nobby

The dates seem about right. I think they jumped over a period of 3 days, and unfortunately one or two guys drowned on each day. I cant seem to find anything about it on Google, although I'm not sure quite what I'm looking for...
According to Higgs Bosun, there's no scientific evidence so it didn't heppen!!
 
#7
Hello all

Following on from the thread on here about the Kiel canal accident, can anyone shed any light on an incident on the island of Jersey in the Seventies in which a number of men drowned during a series of displays landing on/near a beach in Jersey?

I was on holiday there at the time, and remember watching the displays well. One of my enduring memories of my childhood was standing in the back of (I think) a Landrover firing a belt of blank through a tripod mounted GPMG. My nephew still has the belt and cases I was allowed to collect out the back of the rover!

Can anyone remember this, or shed anymore light on it? I only remember the details from my Dad, I wasn't very old, and suppose my parents kept the details quiet to not spoil the holiday.
NO!

There were many drops in & around the Channel Islands during the 70's.

No Para Regt fatalities to my recollection!
 
#8
Nobby

The dates seem about right. I think they jumped over a period of 3 days, and unfortunately one or two guys drowned on each day. I cant seem to find anything about it on Google, although I'm not sure quite what I'm looking for...
Sorry mate, this can't possibly occcur as any Maroon Machine character will tell you. Following a military incident, both aircraft and type of parachute are automatically grounded until the Board of Inquiry determine ( and resolve) the problem.

To suggest that " one or two guys drowned on each day" is nonsense.
 
#10
Sorry mate, this can't possibly occcur as any Maroon Machine character will tell you. Following a military incident, both aircraft and type of parachute are automatically grounded until the Board of Inquiry determine ( and resolve) the problem.

To suggest that " one or two guys drowned on each day" is nonsense.

Not trying to cause a row mate... As I said, I was only a little sprog then, so I'm only going on hazy memory.
cheers for the replies though, it makes things a little clearer..
 
#11
In early 1976 whilst in training at Woolwich, a funeral party from 7 para rha buried on of the Black Knights free fall team after an accident in the channel islands i can't be sure but i am sure he landed in the surf and died.
 
#12
Not trying to cause a row mate... As I said, I was only a little sprog then, so I'm only going on hazy memory.
cheers for the replies though, it makes things a little clearer..
Thanks. I do appreciate and hopefully my response didn't 'sound' terse. That was not my intention.

There are loads of Drop Zones around the Channel Islands, in particular Jersey and Guernsey. There were loads of units in the '70's who engineered reasons to exercise there both on and off the beaches as the post exercise piss ups were something else.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
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#13
Hello all

Following on from the thread on here about the Kiel canal accident, can anyone shed any light on an incident on the island of Jersey in the Seventies in which a number of men drowned during a series of displays landing on/near a beach in Jersey?

I was on holiday there at the time, and remember watching the displays well. One of my enduring memories of my childhood was standing in the back of (I think) a Landrover firing a belt of blank through a tripod mounted GPMG. My nephew still has the belt and cases I was allowed to collect out the back of the rover!

Can anyone remember this, or shed anymore light on it? I only remember the details from my Dad, I wasn't very old, and suppose my parents kept the details quiet to not spoil the holiday.
You have the belt off a GPMG?

In my experience GPMG has only ever fired disintegrating link. Sure it wasn't a Three-oh Browning? We collected the canvas ( ? ) belts off the Three-ohs when we fired them from our Ferrets but TBH I never found anything useful to do with them.

Of course my experience of GPMG ammo is limited to the L43A1 coax on a Scorpion so I stand to be corrected.
 
#14
Thanks. I do appreciate and hopefully my response didn't 'sound' terse. That was not my intention.

There are loads of Drop Zones around the Channel Islands, in particular Jersey and Guernsey. There were loads of units in the '70's who engineered reasons to exercise there both on and off the beaches as the post exercise piss ups were something else.
I was involved a good few years later however I can confirm the piss ups were brilliant, Marquees set up, local lasses in attendance and a free bar. All kinds of bods turning up for a few lobs.
 
#15
.........Depot Para were regular jumpers in the Channel Islands throughout the 70's.

Mainly to keep the Depot Instructors up to date & get them away from the Crows for a few days.

One of the Depot Commanding Officers from that time, has lived there ever since.
 
#16
You have the belt off a GPMG?

In my experience GPMG has only ever fired disintegrating link. Sure it wasn't a Three-oh Browning? We collected the canvas ( ? ) belts off the Three-ohs when we fired them from our Ferrets but TBH I never found anything useful to do with them.

Of course my experience of GPMG ammo is limited to the L43A1 coax on a Scorpion so I stand to be corrected.
I'm surmising that he kept the pieces of link and empty blank cases.
 
#19
Jumped in and out of Jersey (St Aubins Bay) several times in the late 90's and 2000's. Got fuckin soaked on that beach and it was a nightmare trying to drag a sodden wet chute off to the pantec. We used to stay up at the place where they filmed Bergerac now a Youth Hostel and apparently where loads of kids were abused in the 70's. I think it was the 60th anniversary of the liberation when we did one lob in.
 
#20
This has very little to do with the OP's original question...

A few years ago I was paragliding around Cape Town and in particular would take off from Lion's Head, hoon about a bit then land at Club Med on the beach. The day after my last flight a local doing the same thing, landed on the sand but his canopy dropped into the surf. The undertow sucked the canopy under, turned the thing into a sea anchor and dragged him into the water. Before he could release his harness he drowned.
 

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