Some 120 British paratroopers made a novel, St. Valentine's Day return from a four-month tour?
GV Aircraft dropping paratroopers (2 shots)
SV Wives and children looking up
GV Parachutist landing
SVs Wives running to greet husbands (3 shots)
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Background: Some 120 British paratroopers made a novel, St. Valentine's Day return from a four-month tour of peacekeeping duty in Northern Ireland on Friday (14 February) when they literally dropped from the sky into the waiting arms of their families.
Members of 9 Independent Parachute Squadron, Royal engineers, the soldiers were returning to their home base at nearby Aldershot when they made the drop -- officially classified as a training exercise -- on to Hankley Common, south of Farnham in County Survey. They were led in the exercise by their commanding officer, Major Mike Payne, and made the drop at ??? feet from two Royal Air Force Hercules aircraft based at Lyneham in Wiltshire.
Their waiting wives, children and girl friends watched the drop and rushed out on to the common to welcome them home with warm Valentine kisses and embraces.