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John Nichol

During 15 years’ service in the Royal Air Force John Nichol served as a technician then Tornado Navigator.  In January 1991, during Operation Desert Storm (the mission to liberate occupied Kuwait) his Tornado was shot down over Iraq. Captured and tortured, he was paraded on television provoking worldwide condemnation and leaving one of the enduring images of the conflict.  He was released at the end of the war returning to active duty around the world including Bosnia and the Falkland Islands.

He retired from the RAF in 1996 to pursue a career as an author, broadcaster and motivational speaker. He has made a number of TV documentaries with WWII veterans , written for all the national newspapers and is a widely quoted commentator on military affairs. He has written 15 books including the Sunday Times bestsellers, Tornado Down and SPITFIRE – A Very British Love Story. He supports a number of military charities including Combat Stress, BLESMA, Soldiering On and The Royal British Legion.


It gives me great pleasure to act as ambassador for Remembered. Following on from their There But Not There campaign, I am honoured to join with them as they continue to remember the sacrifices of the past and the lessons they provide. As an ex-serviceman I feel strongly that our veterans should play an active role in our society and I am pleased to support Remembered.

John Nichol

There But Not There