No Man Left Behind

The Real Black Hawk Down

Series 1 - Episode 2 The Real Black Hawk Down



Even if you’ve seen Ridley Scott’s film Black Hawk Down, watching the actual footage from 1993 of the smoking American helicopter spiraling down to earth in Mogadishu still makes your heart lurch in horror. The 120 US soldiers on a “snatch and grab” mission knew the crew wouldn’t get out alive unless they rescued them from the mob.

The terrible events of that day are recalled by those who were on the ground and by Mike Durant, the pilot of the second Black Hawk that was shot down and who was captured. His story and the footage of him recorded by his captors are the stuff of nightmares.


True stories of warfare and soldiers who risked their lives for their comrades, beginning with the Battle of Mogadishu and a pilot who has held captive for 11 days.