By Michael Napier
In the seven many years because the moment global battle, 14 Squadron has operated a wide range of plane forms (Mosquitoes, Vampires, Venoms, Hunters, Canberras, Phantoms, Jaguars and Tornados) in a desirable number of roles. for a lot of this time, the Squadron was once established in Germany on the entrance line of the chilly struggle, however it additionally participated within the Gulf warfare in 1991, in operations over Iraq from 1991-2009, within the Kosovo clash in 2000 and latterly through the battle in Afghanistan, first of all with the twister GR4 after which with the Shadow R1. at the present time 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 images, in addition to oral and written bills from a lot of ex-Squadron participants, the writer has been in a position to produce as entire an account as is shortly attainable of the operational historical past of 14 Squadron within the moment 1/2 the 20 th century and the hole years of the twenty-first.
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He was a very calm intellectual type. ” “He always gave me more latitude as a battalion commander then I probably deserved. He did not micromanage me. All he did was give me a mission and the tools to get it done. I will say that I love him like a brother . . ” “He was always in the middle of the fight. ” COLONEL DAVID PERKINS (2ND BCT) “Perkins was a very practical and pragmatic commander. If something helps his ability to fight, he takes an interest. ” “A great commander. ” “He is so likeable and so intelligent that he sometimes intimidated people.
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