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Tornado Down

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RAF Flight lieutenants John Peters and John Nichol were shot down over enemy territory on their first airbourne mission of the Gulf War. Their capture in the desert, half a mile from their blazing Tornado bomber, began a nightmare seven-week ordeal of torture and interrogation which brought both men close to death. In Tornado Down, John Peters and John Nichol tell the ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 3rd 1993 by Signet Books (first published September 10th 1992)
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Wendy Unsworth
Jun 27, 2012 Wendy Unsworth rated it it was amazing
In 1991 John Peters and John Nichol were pilot and navigator on a mission over Iraq. They were shot down and this is their story.
I wouldn't normally be very attracted to a book about fast jets but this is a story of human frailty, endurance and the will to survive. And what really endeared me to this book was the honesty. As air crew in a Tornado these guys were at the top of their game, very skilled and confident. But having ejected from their little world of technology they find themselves al
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Sandeep Kashyap
Apr 21, 2016 Sandeep Kashyap rated it it was amazing
As I started the book, I was quite sceptical of its reputation given the fact that nowadays every Human being who faced situations which are considered extraordinary is writing books.
But as I turned pages I could make out the sheer intensity of the situations they encountered with the Iraqis. I was especially impressed with the details about modern warfare techniques, Tornadoes and other fighter jets.
As I read on, I could definitely identify the philosophical element especially in terms of Hum
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Trevor
Aug 27, 2015 Trevor rated it it was amazing
This is the true story of John Nicol and John Peters, pilot and navigator of a Tornado shot down over Iraq at the start of the first Gulf War.

The book gives accounts from both men about their initial RAF background, the lead up to the war, their fateful flight over Iraq, being downed and finally being captured & imprisoned.

For seven weeks they were held hostage, beaten mercilessly, tortured and paraded on TV.

This is their story.....
Robert Hepple
Jun 29, 2016 Robert Hepple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tornado Down is a compelling tale of the events leading up to and following the loss of an RAF Tornado crew in Iraq in 1991. The events depicted have been covered on numerous TV documentaries since, yet a lot of the detail is skipped in these presentations and the book provides a more in depth view of things. Amazing.
Helena
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I was fortunate to meet John Nichol in 1997 - not just for me, but also for him, as he was still alive after the horrible events described in this book.
One of the most impressive books I've ever read, especially since it's all non-fiction.
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