"When Enemies Become Friends," Falklands War- Malvinas Expedition to find Mariano Velasco's Airplane. Making a Documentary.
"Cuando los enemigos Hazte Amigos", Islas Malvinas - Islas Malvinas Expedicin Mariano Velascoencontrar la Aeronave
||Making a documentary about "When enemies become friends"
will start with going an expedition to the Falkland Islands. This
documentary will be a bit different than any other on the Falklands War in that
instead of revisiting the war, it will show that soldiers, on either side are
still people and they are just doing their jobs.
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A message to the readers. This is a story of how a British Sailor, Neil Wilkinson, shot down Mariano Velasco, the Argentinean Pilot who sunk the HMS Coventry. The plane is shown below and the cannon shell that shot it down is also shown here too. The Falkland Island War was in 1982 and now in 2009 we are planning an expedition to the Falkland Islands to find this crashed airplane. We also want to get a photo of Neil and Marino standing together more than twenty years later.
Signing our guestbook would be a great support. Also,
if you were in the Falkland Islands War, on either side, please write the webmaster
a letter at the bottom of this page. This will be a great help for
recognition of all of the veterans on both sides. Thank you very much.
5-22-2012 From the Webmaster. It's interesting that I have worked on this project since 2008 and the documentary has indeed been produced by the BBC. In all of the efforts that Neil has made to get me to travel with them and to get me in the credits for this documentary, the BBC has continuously kept me out of the credits, in every way. Not listing me in the credits is a tremendous theft of my efforts for all of these years. This is a crime and the documentary didn't show the truth about the real story behind the making of this documentary.
From the Webmaster:
Click Here are some thoughts
1. To visit the Falkland Islands
2. To meet with Neil Wilkinson and Mariano Velasco at the same time
3. To make a written and photo documentary of the expedition
4. To find a Video Documentary maker would want to join this group
5. To have the entire group, including the pilot, Marino Velasco, to find the airplane in the Falkland Islands.
6. To recover the crashed airplane and place its remains in the museum in Port Stanley.
7. To show the effects of PTSD and how the war affected both British and Argentinean Soldiers.
8. To show the world that there can be friendship between former enemies and that it's not people that are enemies, a message of good will.
9. To document this event for the purpose of bringing the reality of war and the after effects of war to the general population of the world.
10. To have a good time.
I am searching for Ideas, Members, Photos, Stories, Help and Funding for this expedition.
If anyone has any additions or comments for this list, please write the Webmaster at the bottom of the page.
If anyone would like to join our expedition, let me know.
If anyone has any ideas whatsoever, please let me know.
If anyone would like to have their story told or add any photos or videos, you will be very welcome.
C. Jeff Dyrek, Webmaster, ..
These are the first thoughts as far as a preliminary script on making a documentary.
Instead of a coverage of the war and a look back into history type of film. This story would go from the history film to an adventure film. There would show pictures of Neil getting excited in his home back in England today. Neil would talk to Mariano on the phone and then head out of the airport to the other side of the world.
Neil now arrives in a new land. A place where he doesn't understand the language. There would see video shots of Buenos Aries from the air as Neil lands. Then more shots of as he goes through the airport and then into the foothills of Argentina.The trip is just starting. Neil and Mariano talk and talk about how your missions and experiences were and how you guys feel today.
You go to the Museum and then the Air Base in Argentina. Mariano tells you how they worked as a team. He or another pilot takes Neil up in a TA-4 for a jet fighter ride and get the feel what it's like to be in Mariano's position.Neil and Mariano both fly to Port Stanley. You can still at the bomb craters and look at the airport today. The film flashes to the A-4 getting hit and going over the hill. Neil and Mariano ride to see his crashed airplane and hand some parts to Mariano as a gift.
Mariano tells about the ejection and the ejection then the landing. He tells about twisting his ankle. Then Neil and Mariano walk all the way to where Mariano was picked up by Kelpers and this time they are picked up again. Mariano gets back to his troops and then rides the ship back to Buenos Aries.The whole film crew jumps on the ship and feels the waves as they spray over the deck. They feel what it's like to be out to sea, and Mariano feels this too. Neil is an old salt and has felt this before, so now Neil and Mariano, in a way, change roles. Neil is now the experienced person.
Neil sees Mariano off and then goes back home and shows the remaining pictures of the Intrepid and visit with the Intrepid society. They all tell their stories and then all receive a certificate and a big thanks from the Queen. Then the Queen ends the project with a thanks to the whole crew and talks about how they served their country, then thank the soldiers of Argentina, because they did their job too. The diplomatic idea of how this ends needs some thought in order to show that every person was a hero, on both sides and pick up the spirits of both sides.
The very last part of the documentary gets the records straight on "Who really shot down Mariano Velasco".
An Actual Letter from Mariano Velasco,
Dear Mr. Neil Wilkinson
In Memory of Those Who Liberated Us, 14 June 1982
Close-Up of a War Memorial in Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands
Union Jack British Flag, Falkland Islands
Map of Falkland Islands
Photo from Neil Wilkinson
The A4 is C207, Mariano Velasco's plane! the picture is courtesy of Mariano Arribillaga and the aircraft is in the Museo Nacional do Aeronautica, Moron, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Final Resting Place for the Aircraft Carrier
HMS Intrepid 2008
Photo from HMS Intrepid Website
The veterans who attended the book launch, please note the exhibits in the background. Neil Wilkinson our starboard gunner in the conflict is 2nd from the right. I (Mike Quinn - that's me- is on the 4th from the right at the back).
Photo from HMS Intrepid Website
Pictured in Fareham Creek the next morning where we gathered to see our old ship Intrepid, many of us for the first time in 25 years. The veterans are from the left, Steve Dickinson, Rab Carrigan, Russell Morgan, George Heron, Neil Wilkinson and Mike Quinn.
The Intrepid's final destination in Liverpool, in September 2008, where she is being dismantled for recycling, and is contracted by the owners Leavesley International. The Leavesley company were very kind in allowing up 40 of our veterans to gather for a final goodbye to HMS Intrepid, our former home 25 years earlier. We had a fantastic day exploring our old ship whilst the memories came flooding back.
The Leavesley company were very kind in allowing up 40 of our veterans to gather for a final goodbye to HMS Intrepid, our former home 25 years earlier. We had a fantastic day exploring our old ship whilst the memories came flooding back.
Click Here's a letter of encouragement that I sent to
Neil Wilkinson on 4-18-2009.
From that time on I always took some kind of course, either in night school, home study or by cassette tapes. I have about a hundred success and business courses on cassette and have listened to them about a hundred times each. That's the truth. Every day that I drove to work and home, an hour each way, I would listen to the courses giving me two hundred and fifty-five days a year with two hours of study each day. My nephew wanted to have copies of the tapes and I would use the high speed copy on my tape deck to make them. But in that mode I could still hear the words and since I studied the tapes so many times, I could still understand everything these tapes said. It was great because I was still getting the whole tape pushed into my head. I stopped listening to music, almost altogether, because it turned out that the Rock-n-Roll became psychological warfare against the betterment of all mankind and is really bad with the new Hip-Hop and Rap music today. So the only place that I found comfort and a future, was in my cassette tapes.
Now when I work in the garage, I still listen to music, but
only the old stuff or country. I found a good country station that
is not playing dying dog country, so it is really good music. But,
just like your Falklands project, this is how I now do my studies.
The emails that I receive are fantastic and I almost always hear
from people, like yourself, who have something worthwhile to say.
My old high school friend got spammed permanently from me because he
just sends me filthy jokes and porn pictures. This happened to some
of my other friends who became Big Shots in the government. All the
time that they are supposed to be working, they are sending filthy
emails back and forth. This is why I don't think our country has a
future. These guys have nothing but filth flowing through their
heads and they are the big bosses. This filth is an attack on our
country and the whole world.
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