On the 8th of June 1982, while preparing to unload Welsh Guards soldiers in Port Pleasant on the Falkland Islands, RFA Sir Galahad was attacked by three Argentinian A-4 Skyhawks, together with RFA Sir Tristram.
 
Sir Galahad was hit by two or three 500 lb retarding tail bombs and set alight, with 48 soldiers and crewmen killed in the subsequent explosions and fire.
 
Royal Navy Sea King helicopters were captured by BBC television cameras, which beamed images around the world of them hovering in thick smoke to rescue survivors from the burning landing ships.
 
 
One of the pilots who flew that Search and Rescue mission is John Boughton, and he's talked to BFBS Radio's Richard Hatch about that day - just click above to listenHe said:
 
"Unexploded bombs were still onboard both the Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram, so obviously there was a huge amount of risk to the crew that were onboard.
 
"A ship like that has a very large hold at the front... Looking into that hold was like looking into a furnace. Down inside the hold it was blazing."
 
"There were still people up on the front of the ship waiting to somehow be rescued - most had been very badly injured."
 
Among those to survive the attack was Guardsman Simon Weston, who suffered 47% burns - his story has since been widely reported in television and newspaper coverage, and he was awarded an OBE 10 years afterwards.
 
One of the Sea Kings that rescued the men trapped on Sir Galahad, meanwhile, is now pride of place in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum.
 
 
Sir Galahad's bell in The Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel. Picture: Andy Dolman