This year marks 30 years since Op Desert Storm/ Op GRANBY, often known as the First Gulf War. The UK’s contribution to the coalition saw 53,462 members of our Armed Forces deployed to the Middle East. A total of 47 British personnel were killed; five during the Air Campaign.
On Sunday 28 February we ask you to join us on Facebook or You Tube at 12pm for a special virtual Service of Remembrance. Together, we will pay tribute to all involved; in the air, on the ground and back at home. Led by the RAF Chaplaincy, the service will include readings both by RAF personnel who risked their lives 30 years ago, and the family members of those who did not return.
“This is a way of expressing grief, love and friendship”
Two RAF Op Granby veterans have been working tirelessly to commemorate their fellow aircrew who lost their lives in the Middle East 30 years ago. Together with other colleagues, friends and family, Mal Craghill and Martin Wintermeyer have been remembering those who did not return, via a series of cycle rides.
RAF Association Ambassador John Peters was shot down during Operation Desert Storm, along with his navigator John Nichol. The pair were brutally tortured and paraded on Iraqi television. He tells us more about their ordeal.