20 years since start of air ops in Gulf War 17/1/91

Discussion in 'Postwar' started by Owen, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Thought I'd start a thread marking the start of the air campaign in the Gulf War to liberate Kuwait.
    First I heard about it was from a little old lady I was delivering the mail to.
    As she came to the front door she simply said, " It's started".

    Were any of you there back in 1991?

    BBC ON THIS DAY | 17 | 1991: 'Mother of all Battles' begins
  2. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Well my Brother, was out there with 62 ORD COY RAOC, and when the air campaign started I was in bed, but my Dad got me up to watch the coverage on tv must of been about 7am or there abouts:unsure:
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I was out with my family. When we came home around 10 or 11 pm we put the TV on and it was on the news.

    I remember the next day at work my Kuwaiti punters were rather happy !
  4. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    My boss rang me a 6.00 am and asked me to go in early to work, he picked me up and as we got to the office one of the guys came down the corrider and said they have taken off.
    I said all or just selective he said he did not know so it was onto the net to find out
    what was going on.
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Good article on BBC 1 One Show Programme
  6. Capt Bill

    Capt Bill wanderin off at a tangent

    20 years - time just goes doesnt it

    i was on standby to go, didnt get to the first one but managed to get out for the rematch
  7. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    Was it really 20 years ago today - Mr Blair he told the RAF to play - So let me introduce you to - the one and only GWB and Uncle Sams Lonely Hearts Club Bombs

    But seriously I enlisted in 1965 twenty years after WWII - suddenly feeling old
  8. Paul Pariso

    Paul Pariso Very Senior Member

    I remember staying up through the night as the news broke that Israel had been hit by scuds and thinking to myself "s--t, now this could get VERY nasty if they retaliate".
    There was a programme on last night on one of the Discovery channels called "The Gulf War-The Soldiers Tale" and it brought it all back.........
  9. Stormbird

    Stormbird Restless

    Oh yes! and do we remember? ( Look, this is not about age! it's about experience)

    I recall very clearly the High Command passing the message that it was not acceptable for us to go to/fro work in uniform any longer!! (Please note; the IRA wasn't very prominent over here.) My unit commander judged it appropriate and sufficient for him to put a greatcoat on top. So there he arrived, every day, in his grand Dark Blue Coat, really dashing - like Dracula or Matrix - with his uniform legs and boots showing clearly below.

    Those where the times when we were still young and innocent. (Sigh)
  10. Capt Bill

    Capt Bill wanderin off at a tangent

  11. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Mr Blair he told the RAF to play

    er...no, that would be John Major back in 1991.
  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    er...no, that would be John Major back in 1991.

    I remember seeing some photographs of graffitti on some of the white coastal walls in Kuwait that a Kuwaiti took and showed me in the UK. US and UK flags sprayed on walls with Thank you Mr Bush and Thank you Mrs Thatcher. They never knew John Major was the new Prime Minister.
  13. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I didn't know them back then, but my future mother-in-law was looking at a magizine & saw a photo of some Yanks sat on a bomb ready to go on a plane.
    On said bomb was written , 'This is from Ken Sharlow' or words to that effect.
    Ken & family had been their next door neighbour when he was posted to UK in the 80s.
    He showed me the magazine page when we visited them in 1995 in NY State.
    He also gave me some bomb clips he said had come off a plane that had bombed the Iraqis.
  14. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    First RAF losses 17 January 1991.....

    27 Squadron
    Tornado GR1 ZA392

    Wing Commander Timothy Nigel Charles Elsdon 39 Pilot OC 27 Squadron +
    Flight Lieutenant Robert Maxwell Collier 42 Navigator +
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  15. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    We were operating on an eye of someone who had been in an automobile wreck. We turned on the radio to listen to what was going on. We went home at 11pm that night and watched CNN until on over in the morning.
  16. 17thDYRCH

    17thDYRCH Senior Member Patron

    I remember CNN televising a Navy Seal team exiting the water on a zodiac at night. The Seals were a little surprised by the encounter with CNN...thought it could have been the enemy. But, no...it was just Headline News.
  17. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    This vivid photograph popped up on one of my news feeds--thought some of you might like to see it.

    It's labeled U.S. marines drive through burning oilfields in Kuwait, 1991 , but there's no telling whether that's accurate.


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