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We Were There: 'Tornado Force'

Every week, the new series 'We Were There' is bringing to life key moments of military history.  On active duty and flying out of Bahrain...

Every week, the new series 'We Were There' is bringing to life key moments of military history. 
 
On active duty and flying out of Bahrain the British Royal Air Force navigator John Nichol and his pilot John Peters were shot down on the first low-level, daylight raid of the Gulf War.
 

Captured and tortured, he was paraded on television provoking worldwide condemnation and leaving one of the enduring images of the conflict.

 

"The engine was on fire, the on-board computers were out of action, and one of our own missiles had ignited and was now acting like a welder’s torch, steadily cutting off the right-hand wing.  The warning panel had lit up like a Christmas tree and the sirens were screaming in my headset."
 
Held in the notorious Abu Graib prison John Nichol was finally released by the Iraqis at the end of the Gulf War. 
 
On tonight's episode, 'Tornado Force' revisits the moment the RAF's premier combat aircraft of the time became a target in a war involving coalition forces from 34 nations.
 
Only available on Forces TV at 9pm - watch us on - Sky 264, Freesat 652 and Virgin 277