Peters’ and Nichol’s Tornado GR 1
Lost Over Iraq
As a follow-up to Hogday’s excellent post, I thought I’d post this. (Just to fill in the blanks as it were…)
Squadron Leader John Peters (born 1961) is a former pilot of the British Royal Air Force.
Flight Lieutenant Adrian John Nichol (born December 1963, North Shields) is a retired Royal Air Force navigator.
Their aircraft was shot down and they were captured by Iraqi forces during the first Gulf War.
On Peters’ and Nichol’s first mission during Operation Desert Storm on 17 January 1991 which started at Muharraq Airfield, an ultra-low level daylight mission on Ar Rumaylah airfield, while acting as number two to Squadron Leader Paul “Pablo” Mason with RAF Laarbruch-based XV Squadron, their Panavia Tornado ZD791 was critically hit by a shoulder-launched SAM SA-14, and they were both captured by the military of Iraq. After capture they were shown, bruised, on Iraqi television. They were tortured in the Abu Ghraib prison.
John Nichol was released by the Iraqis at the end of the Gulf War. He remained in the RAF until March 1996,
On repatriation by the Red Cross, Nichol co-authored a book, Tornado Down, with his pilot John Peters, about this experience.
They were held for 47 days.
Notes: Squadron Leader is the equivalent of a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy and Major in the US Air Force. Flight Lieutenant is the equivalent of a Lieutenant in the US Navy and a Captain in the US Air Force.
As some of you may or may not know I’m a member of the Pritzker Military Library and the Membership Director for the Library’s Young Professional Association.
On Thursday, April 18th we will be hosting an exhibit opening called “American Icons of the Great War.”
American Icons of the Great War includes some of the United States’ most iconic images that emerged from the propaganda posters created during World War I (1914-1918). Using original posters from the era, the exhibit shows how these artists utilized well known symbols to rally the United States behind the war effort.
The link for the event is here.
I’m one of the few Lexicans that lives in Chicago but if you do, I’d be honored if you would attend. If you don’t and know someone that lives in the area please feel free to pass the word along. We also accept donations and those proceeds will to go programs to assist us in veteran outreach.
Trying this again. The link did not get up on the first try.
Father Kapaun is going to receive the MOH posthumously from the President. Kansas will be happy. This has been a long time coming.
The most iconic photo of Father Kapaun. It was taken Oct. 7, 1950, less than a month before he was taken prisoner. In the photo, Kapaun celebrates Mass using the hood of his jeep as an altar. Kneeling is Kapaun’s assistant, Patrick J. Schuler, who was with him the night he was captured. Courtesy of Raymond Skeehan Col. R. A. Skeehan
[XBradTC] I don’t know why WordPress hates ORPO1, but apparently, it does. Here’s a link to one news story of the good father...
There are dates you remember is your Naval Aviation life: Day you received your wings (28FEB76), day of your last flight as in a Duty Involving Flight Operations (DIFOP) status (24SEP92) and the first time someone you were close to died in a mishap (6FEB79). Those days mount up, over time. As I remarked once before, you maybe do the tally once or twice, then move on; for to dwell there too long does little good.
You also think, once you “hang up your spurs,” that you won’t need to keep counting, but I was wrong. My friend Carroll “Lex” Lefon left us a year ago today, to the collective shock, surprise and sense of loss and grief to many around the world.
For those of us who either were or still are “in the profession,” I think I say what many think is all really needs be said: He was a good stick.
Sgt. Rafael Peralta
United States Marine Corps
Go read this: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/dec/12/panetta-denies-medal-honor-marine-dived-grenade/. It’s a story of incredible bravery and sacrifice by one of our country’s finest. And a story of abject failure in our nation’s capital.
It seems that the a$$hats who run the Department of Defense (DoD) can’t trust eyewitness testimony. Eyewitness testimony from the Marines whose lives were saved by Sgt Peralta. It makes me sick to my stomach.
Sgt Peralta, you earned this by giving your life for your fellow Marines.
You will not be forgotten.
Veteran’s Day 2011
Originally posted on November 11, 2011. Have confirmed that all embedded links still work.
Originally published October 9th, 2007.
Given the import of the date, a compendium of posts expressing Lex’ thoughts on the anniversary:
My heart aches that hizzoner isn’t here to write today’s post in his own inimitable way. Nevertheless, we who remain press on with our memories intact.
Three Hours Thought
Originally published September 7th, 2011.
Somehow, I don’t this guy really wants to hear about hard it is to find a decent Feng Shui facilitator, or how bad your bike ride was into work.
Corporal Todd Love