Falklands pilot who shot down enemy plane meets with former foes

Falklands pilot who shot down enemy plane meets with former foes

‘He was glad to meet me and holds no resentment’: Falklands pilot, 71, who was last RAF airman to gun down enemy plane in combat meets son of victim he blew out of the skiesOn June 8, 1982, RAF pilot David Morgan shot down Argentine Danilo BolzanThe veteran met his victim’s son, Pablo, who held…


‘He was glad to meet me and holds no resentment’: Falklands pilot, 71, who was last RAF airman to gun down enemy plane in combat meets son of victim he blew out of the skies

  • On June 8, 1982, RAF pilot David Morgan shot down Argentine Danilo Bolzan
  • The veteran met his victim’s son, Pablo, who held no resentment towards him
  • He has also been good friend’s with old Argentina foe Hector Sanchez since 1993

On June 8, 1982, at the height of the Falklands War, a Sidewinder missile exploded out of a British Sea Harrier and raced towards an enemy Argentine plane.

It smashed into the aircraft, destroying the plane, killing its pilot – but leaving the RAF man with lasting trauma. 

Today,  37 years later, the British pilot returned to the islands where he once fought – to make friends with his victim’s son. 

David Morgan, now 71, was seconded to the Fleet Air Arm in April 1982 to fly Sea Harriers in the Falklands War

David Morgan, now 71, was seconded to the Fleet Air Arm in April 1982 to fly Sea Harriers in the Falklands War

David Morgan, 71, last month met with Pablo Bolzán, 38, who is the son of the gunned down pilot Danilo Bolzán, according to the Telegraph. 

While Pablo had already heard a vague story of how his father had died, a conversation with the British veteran fleshed out the details and gave the man closure.

David, from Wiltshire, said: ‘It was nice to realise that [Pablo] holds no resentment at all and was genuinely friendly and glad to meet me.

‘He knows the full story now. It meant a lot to him.’

On his return trip, former RAF pilot was also joined by fellow ex-combatant Hector Sanchez, who had fought for Argentina during the conflict.

Pablo, 38, who is now a father of his own, held no resentment towards the man who shot his father from the sky

Pablo, 38, who is now a father of his own, held no resentment towards the man who shot his father from the sky

In 1993, a decade after the war ended, David was introduced to Hector who reassured him there were no hard feelings as both were just fighting for their respective countries

In 1993, a decade after the war ended, David was introduced to Hector who reassured him there were no hard feelings as both were just fighting for their respective countries

And although the pair were ‘out to kill each other’ during the war, they have since  become close friends.

David thought that if the pair had come face to face under different circumstances, such as at a bar, he would have befriended Hector much earlier.

But instead they first laid eyes on each through the glass cockpit of their warplanes with the intention of shooting each other from the sky.

In 1993, a decade after the war ended, David was introduced to Hector who reassured him there were no hard feelings as both were just fighting for their respective countries. 

David said that the key to forgiveness and even becoming mates with old foes is to ‘wipe away’ emotions experienced in combat.

Then, he said, it’s easy to realise that the enemy is probably quite similar to you.  

David thought that if the pair had come face to face under different circumstances, such as at a bar, he would have befriended Hector much earlier

David thought that if the pair had come face to face under different circumstances, such as at a bar, he would have befriended Hector much earlier

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Falklands pilot, 71, who shot down enemy plane in combat meets with former foes on return to island

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