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TORNADO: Operation Desert Storm 1991 by John Nichol
When Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ordered the occupation of neighbouring Kuwait in 1990, he set in motion a chain of events which still reverberate around the globe today.

In January 1991 ‘Operation Desert Storm’ commenced to liberate Kuwait and the Royal Air Force’s Tornado force was at the very centre of the action. The fighting was only a day old when crewmembers John Peters and John Nichol were shot down over Iraqi territory. They were captured, tortured and paraded on TV provoking worldwide condemnation. Many will remember the images shown below of the two airmen which were flashed around the world.

A total of eleven Tornados were lost in intensive training before the war and during the conflict itself. Twelve aircrew were killed, three badly injured, and seven were taken prisoner.

John Nichol’s recent book TORNADO tells the full story of the conflict through the eyes of the jet’s crews and their families, and in this webinar – which is a ‘one-off’ break from our usual First World War themed events - we will hear directly from John, a member of The Western Front Association, about the build up to the conflict. He will also talk about his brief experience in combat and the brutal treatment all the prisoners-of-war endured at the hands of Saddam Hussein’s henchmen.

Jan 30, 2023 08:00 PM in London

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