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Squadron Leader John Peters RAF (Retd)

233 Squadron Honorary President


Squadron Leader Peters joined the RAF in 1980, training at RAF Woodvale with the Manchester and Salford University Air Squadron . After graduating and completing his RAF training, he was based at RAF Chivenor and RAF Lossiemouth .


He became a staff pilot in 1987 at the Air Navigation School (ANS) of No. 6 Flying Training School at RAF Finningley. In 1988, he moved to XV Squadron at RAF Laarbruch after converting to the Tornado GR1 when a Flight Lieutenant.


On his first mission during Operation Desert Storm, an ultra-low level daylight mission on Ar Rumaylah airfield, his Panavia Tornado ZD 791 of XV Squadron was hit at fifty feet by a shoulder-launched SAM SA-14 , and he was captured by the military of Iraq, along with his Navigator Flt Lt John Nichols. After capture he was shown, bruised and beaten, on television. Both have a written a book, Tornado Down, about their experiences.


Having been at RAF Brüggen , he moved to RAF Cottesmore in 1993, becoming an instructor on the Tri Service Tornado Training Establishment. He became a Squadron Leader in 1997, moving to Turkey, and retired from the RAF after 18 years service.


He became 233 Squadron Honorary President in 2008.




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