By Michael Napier
In the seven many years because the moment international warfare, 14 Squadron has operated a big selection of airplane forms (Mosquitoes, Vampires, Venoms, Hunters, Canberras, Phantoms, Jaguars and Tornados) in a desirable number of roles. for far of this time, the Squadron was once established in Germany on the entrance line of the chilly conflict, however it additionally participated within the Gulf struggle in 1991, in operations over Iraq from 1991-2009, within the Kosovo clash in 2000 and latterly through the struggle in Afghanistan, to start with with the twister GR4 after which with the Shadow R1. this day the Squadron operates in nice secrecy in an Intelligence, Surveillance, objective Acquisition and Reconnaissance role.
Having had entry to log-books, modern diaries, maps and pictures, in addition to oral and written bills from a lot of ex-Squadron individuals, the writer has been in a position to produce as whole an account as is almost immediately attainable of the operational historical past of 14 Squadron within the moment 1/2 the 20th century and the outlet years of the twenty-first.
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Khymer Rouge Dispositions, First Light, 15 May 83 6. The Approach to Koh Tang: 0600, 15 May 87 7. Koh Tang Situation about 0700 94 8. Koh Tang Situation Shortly after 1000 103 9. Koh Tang Situation, 13301600 119 10. Koh Tang Situation, 1830 125 11. Koh Tang Extraction Operations, 18402010 140 Page xi Foreword I have long been an admirer of John Guilmartin and his work, which was brought to my attention in the most casual of ways. " Renaissance history was not then an interest of mine, largely because I knew little about it, but I greatly respected Christopher Duffy's scholarly opinion, all the more because it was rarely expressed and he was sparing with praise.
Pararescueman extraordinaire and the last man off the island, for reviewing my account of the final extraction one more time. I am indebted to Special Agent Richard Keith, FBI, Golf Company's executive officer and 2/9's acting operations officer during the Koh Tang fight, whom I located through Colonel Davis's good offices just as the manuscript was going to press. He shared with me his recollections of the engagement on short notice and was speedy and thorough in reviewing relevant portions of the narrative for accuracy and completeness.
Blue Diamonds: The Exploits of 14 Squadron RAF 1945-2015 by Michael Napier