The Rest of the Story

Peters and Nichol RAF

Tornado GR 1 ZD791 (BG-B) lost over Iraq

Peters’ and Nichol’s Tornado GR 1
ZD791 (BG-B)
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.

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5 responses to “The Rest of the Story

  1. Hogday

    Thanks Sarge. That photograph of our guys….what can one say….is `f`ing Arabs` too harsh and discriminatory? Maybe. That’s what I said at the time so I apologise to all Arabs who don’t do things like that and who comply with Geneva Conventions. It’s just that photo’s like that bring out rather tribal tendencies in me. As T.E. Lawrence may well have shouted as he led the retaliatory charge…”NO PRISONERS……NO PRISONERS”

  2. Bill Brandt

    Think of the mental toughness they needed to get through that ordeal

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