Wreck of Harrier GR3 XZ988 Near Goose Green, Falkland Islands

(Image: Douglas Fernandes, reproduced with permission)

There may not be much left, but its distinctive tail section and grey-green camouflage scheme identify this downed British aircraft as an RAF Harrier GR3.  The wreckage is actually the mortal remains of Harrier XZ988 of No. 1 Squadron, which was shot down on May 27, 1982 during an attack on Goose Green, and crashed nearby on the Lafonia peninsula of East Falkland.

(Image: Douglas Fernandes, reproduced with permission)

Squadron Leader Bob Iveson ejected safely and spent three days in hiding before he was picked up by friendly forces.  The jet was one of several Harriers transported to the Falkland Islands aboard the ill-fated container ship Atlantic Conveyor.  In all, four Harrier GR3s and six Sea Harriers were lost to ground fire, mechanical failure or accidents during the Falklands War.  Another jet, serial number XW919, was hit and made it back to HMS Hermes while on fire, never to fly again.  It is now on display in Krakow, Poland.

Don’t miss our tribute to the classic British Harrier Jump Jet here.