RFA Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram blast dead remembered

#1
Today is the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the troop ships RFAs Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram bombed by A-4 Skyhawks at Fitzroy

The highest lose of life in a single combat incident since WW2.


BBC Link

Fitzroy
Low and fast,
That’s how they came.
Screaming low across the ground.
I swear.
If I’d tried
I could have touched it, as it passed.

A trail of death and devastation,
They’d left behind.
Where the rising black plumes of smoke,
Lay testament to that.
The dead, the maimed,
Trapped on a floating inferno.

In that brief moment.
Fathers, sons and brothers, Died.
The lucky ones that lived.
Bleeding, burnt and scarred, shocked.

Not now, the men I once knew.

By James Love
 
#2
They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn [sic].
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.

Laurence Binyon (An excerpt from For the Fallen)

RIP sons of wales
 
#3
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

The Soldier, Rupert Brooke.

RIP troops, you will never be forgotten.
 
#8
A landing craft from HMS Fearless was also attacked on the same day and sunk, four bootnecks and two matelots being killed in this action.

We shall remember them all.