WWII

New Film Tells Story Of Argentinian Royal Navy WW2 Veteran

Veteran Ronny Scott says in the film: "The atrocities that Hitler produced, I said, 'well, I have to go, I have no option'."

A new film is telling the story of an Argentinian veteran who fought alongside British forces during the Second World War.

In 1942, Ronny Scott, now 103, flew from his native Buenos Aires to London to volunteer as a Royal Navy pilot.

His story is being told in the film, 'Buena Onda: The Tale of Ronny Scott'.

"In 1939 I'd heard that war was on the way," Mr Scott says in the film.

"The atrocities that Hitler produced, I said, 'well, I have to go, I have no option', my Christian background, something had to be done."

Mr Scott said "there were occasions when you were on a thread", outlining the Germans' attempts to bomb St Paul's Cathedral.

"I was there in the naval main quarters tracing V1s that are coming to London," he said.

"And one of those things would destroy everything 100 yards around it, minimum.

"War is such a bloody mess, there were moments when you wanted to turn off," he added.

As well as telling Mr Scott's story, 'Buena Onda: The Tale of Ronny Scott' aims to remind people of the thousands who came from Argentina to fight alongside Britain and the Allies.

Film producer Alex Bescoby spoke to Forces News.

Producer Alex Bescoby told Forces News there were "more than 2,000" Argentinian men and women who volunteered for the British forces alone.

"And then many thousands more would join up to fight with the French and the Belgians and the Americans," he said.

"There were many thousands that came all the way from Argentina to fight and to die in many of the major chapters of World War Two."

The alliance between the two countries has been largely erased due to more recent memories of the Falklands conflict in 1982, where the UK and Argentina fought against each other over the islands.

Mr Bescoby said the conflict was "hugely traumatic" for Mr Scott.  

"I mean it really drove a wedge... whichever side you fell on," he said.

Ronny Scott returned to Argentina after the war and still lives in Buenos Aires (Picture: Grammar Productions).

"Ronny is very diplomatic about this and I think for many Argentines, it's a complex problem [as] they feel that the Falklands are theirs, but the war was a folly and it leaves a bitter taste.

"So, for him, it was a double trauma in the sense that many Anglo-Argentines particularly suffered hostility and abuse for their surnames."

After the war, Mr Scott returned to Buenos Aires, where he still lives today.

He spent 30 years as a civilian pilot, but his wartime memories are still some of his most cherished.

"The nicest thing is a day with cumulus clouds and you're trying to up and roll around them," he says in the film.

"That is a feeling of freedom, a feeling of ecstasy if you like."

Buena Onda: The Tale of Ronny Scott came out earlier this year and can be watched online

Cover image: The film looks at the life of Ronny Scott (Picture: Grammar Productions).