The Last Days of Thunder Child

The Last Days of Thunder Child
War of the Worlds - spin off adaptation novel.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

TORNADO DOWN - Peters & Nichol - Gulf War incident DVD

During the first Gulf War a British Tornado was shot down during a bombing raid over Iraq. The two aircrew (John Peters and John Nicol) ejected but were captured by Iraqi ground forces and paraded on Iraqi television as prisoners of war. We saw the flight navigator and pilot on our own news stations too. Many nations had their captured pilots paraded on TV. This was part of Saddam Hussein's properganda ploy during the first Gulf War. 

This was to force fears and concerns among the US led allies, but it did not work. The pilots did eventually return home to tell their remarkable stories, and the book below; Tornado Down, tells the story of pilot John Peters and flight navigator John Nicol. 

Tornado aircraft are used by the RAF for ground attacks and on this occasion the crew approached their target during daylight at very low altitude to avoid radar detection. They completed their attack on Muharraq airfield but were hit by an enemy shoulder launched SAM SA14 missile.

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