UK pilots sent home in disgrace

2011-05-25 13:41

London - Two British pilots involved in bombing missions in Libya have been sent home from their forward base in Italy in disgrace after getting drunk, the defence ministry and media reports said on Wednesday.

The Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots were stationed at Gioia del Colle, where Britain has 10 Typhoon jets and 12 Tornado ground attack aircraft involved in military action against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

"Two RAF personnel have been returned from detachment in Gioia del Colle following inappropriate behaviour; this has not affected the RAF’s ability to sustain its current commitments," a Ministry of Defence statement said.

"Individuals who are found to have fallen below the high standards of conduct demanded by the RAF can face appropriate internal action."

The Sun newspaper reported that the pilots, believed to be flight lieutenants, had been partying at a hotel in Italy where the British crews are based, had got drunk and were ruled "unfit" to fly their Typhoon jets.

According to the BBC, they were sent back to the RAF Coningsby base in Lincolnshire, central England, after a night of drinking at the end of March - just days after the crews were deployed to Gioia del Colle on March 20.

Their actions resulted in a temporary alcohol ban for other RAF personnel serving in the Mediterranean, the broadcaster said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Gioia del Colle on April 04, where he praised the "incredible job" the crews were doing in protecting civilians in Libya from Gaddafi’s forces.

  • Gorilla - 2011-05-25 14:11

    "...Oh damn Captain - our mishtake, we thought you shhaid the ordersh were that WE get bombed..."

      Felix - 2011-05-25 14:15


      Ibo - 2011-05-25 20:46

      Imagine if those trained killers were Africans (South African blacks) what the AWB militias here on news24 could say.

  • IandI - 2011-05-25 14:11

    They should have used them as kamikaze pilots to fly into Gaddafi's mansion. Kill 3 birds with one stone:-)

  • benjvanniekerk - 2011-05-25 14:13

    here they will receive medals and prformance bous

  • Audacious - 2011-05-25 14:14

    Damn Right. I dont know how you can bomb, read -murder paople while sober

      slg - 2011-05-25 17:28

      Simple thinking

  • zulufox - 2011-05-25 14:25

    I'd also drink...

  • FAH-Q - 2011-05-25 14:28

    Alcohol is the root of all evil , that and religion.

      Jack - 2011-05-25 14:36

      Alcohol is used to sterilise medical intruments and disinfect wounds. If you think that's evil, you're pretty FAHQed up yourself!

      echo - 2011-05-25 14:45

      Religion is used to wipe the minds of of the mentally vulnerable! Maybe we should disinfect the world of religion, one less nasty catalyst!

      FAH-Q - 2011-05-25 16:10

      Jack u are super clued up there boet. Go drink alcohol used to sterilize and get back to me on that.

      slg - 2011-05-25 17:27

      Anything described as "the root of all evil" is not

  • Realist - 2011-05-25 14:51

    Agh, c'mon man, let them drink, F@#$, if it was my duty to bomb people that I have never met I would also be drinking

  • Me - 2011-05-25 16:27

    So two pilots get drunk while off duty *after* having flown a mission, how exactly is that news, maybe it was against regulations, but even then how is this news, they weren't flying drunk, they did not bomb a target while drunk.

  • Mundu - 2011-05-25 19:01

    Whinging Poms !!

  • Ibo - 2011-05-25 20:46

    Imagine if those trained killers were Africans (South African blacks) what the AWB militias here on news24 could say.

  • Joanna - 2011-05-25 22:13

    Geez, your name comes up often, particularly when trying to start some racial argument. Useless chop, do something constructive with your life.

  • rordnas - 2011-05-26 07:08


  • albird burger - 2011-05-26 09:08

    Poms need liquid courage to bomb a smaller force with super fighters from which you can launch stand of weaponry and never need to see your targets...

      Badballie - 2011-05-26 13:34

      you might want to check that, your mentality is showing

  • kenny.webber.39 - 2013-02-09 09:58

    Ibo, im astounded that your knowledge of South Africans are ZERO Zero = no brains

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