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Sleaford veteran recalls escape from sinking ship during Falklands War


Falklands War veteran Christopher Howe, 65, talks about his experiences as a sailor on board the British warship HMS Coventry, which was sunk during the conflict. Argentina invaded the Falklands on April 2 1982. HMS Coventry was bombed by the Argentine air force on May 25, and sunk with the loss of 19 sailors. Mr Howe, from Sleaford, was seriously injured but escaped with burns on 27% of his body. He was evacuated to the hospital ship SS Uganda, where he had to recover from temporary blindness. As the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War approaches, Mr Howe said he wanted to honour the memories of the sailors who died aboard HMS Coventry.

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