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In the Air Tonight by Michael Rondot.


In the Air Tonight by Michael Rondot.

A Tornado GR-1 with JP 233 airfield denial weapons taking off at the start of a night low-level mission to attack an airfield target deep within Iraq. The television images of the Gulf War air campaign as a series of precision attacks with laser-guided bombs, dropped from the relative safety of medium altitude, takes no account of the fearsome price that was paid in delivering these early low-level attacks. During the opening nights of Operation Desert Storm hundreds of RAF, US and Coalition aircraft unleashed a tidal wave of low-level bombing attacks on airfield targets in Iraq and in occupied Kuwait. Spearheading the RAF attack were Tornado GR.1 units based at Tabuk and Dhahran in Saudi Arabia and Muharraq, Bahrain. These early missions, flown at low-altitude, often under cover of darkness, were strictly for the brave. Approaching their targets over featureless desert, the aircrews were faced with ferocious barrages of AAA gunfire and missiles defending the airfields. It took a special kind of determination to press home attacks in the face of the full fury of Iraqs air defenses flying straight and level through curtains of tracer fire to deliver JP 233 weapons. Afterwards, some of the pilots were icily matter-of-fact about these missions: You could see the AAA from over twenty miles away but from five miles out at 200 feet you could steer a path through the lines of tracer to the target. It was a bit scary, but we were more concerned about being forced off track and laying down our weapons a hundred yards right or left of the intended impact path, than we were about bullets going past the window. Others were more sombre about their experiences, perhaps realising that running a gauntlet of enemy fire and surviving unscathed owed more than a little to luck and the Iraqi gunners tactics of hosing the sky with unaimed fire
Item Code : MR0026In the Air Tonight by Michael Rondot. - This Edition
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19 RAF Tornado aircrew from Operation Desert Storm, including holders of the Distinguished Service Order and Distinguished Flying Cross awards for gallantry.
Paper size 28 inches x 20 inches (71cm x 51cm)Artist : Michael Rondot£95.00

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Aviation History Timeline : 22nd February
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
22February1941Flight Lieutenant J Scoular of No.112 Sqn RAF shot down a SM79
22February1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O H. Morgan-Gray of 46 Squadron, was Killed.
22February1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. H. Rothwell of 601, 605 & 32 Squadrons, was Killed.
22February1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. D. S. Wallis of 23 & 235 Squadrons, was Killed.
22February1941Former New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt R. W. A. Brookman of 253 Squadron, was Killed.
22February1942Feldwebel Bruno Sassen of 10./Fallschirmjger-Regiment 3 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22February1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O R. I. Chaffe of 245 and 43 Squadrons, was Killed.
22February1942General der Flieger Helmuth Frster of I. Fliegerkorps was awarded the Knight's Cross
22February1942Leutnant Hans-Joachim Marseille of 3./Jagdgeschwader 27 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22February1942Oberfeldwebel Otto Schulz of II./Jagdgeschwader 27 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22February1945 Charles Price of 352nd Fighter Group, 486th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
22February1945 David Fox of 366th Fighter Group, 391st Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
22February1945 Gordon Compton of 353rd Fighter Group, 351st Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
22February1945 Oliven Cowan of 365th Fighter Group, 388th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
22February1945 Wayne Blickenstaff of 353rd Fighter Group, 350th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
22February1945Flight Lieutenant John Stafford of No.486 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
22February1946Gerhard Michalski, a WW2 Ace with 73.00 victories, died on this day
22February1946Knight's Cross recipient Gerhard Michalski of 4./Jagdgeschwader 53 died on this day
22February1988Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt B. Heath of 611 Squadron, Passed away.
22February2007Commander Sidney Hal Jim Suthers DSC DFC RN, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
22February2009Squadron Leader Tom McPhee CB DFC*, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day

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