THE PRECISE APPLICATION OF FORCE

ADEN EMERGENCY | HUNTERS OVER THE RADFAN

The explosive escalation of hostilities in Aden in December 1963 led to numerous counterinsurgency sorties for Nigel Walpole and his Hunter Wing. Here, he details the intricacies of those photo -reconnaissance, precision strike and interception operations.

In the early Hunter years, Aden’s 8 Squadron comprised a mix of FGA.9s and FR.10s.
(RAY DEACON)

An eerie silence prevailed over Southern Arabia on that tranquil Christmas morning of 1963, even the normally bustling town of Aden seemed to be sleeping late as I drove from Steamer Point, the HQ of Middle East Command (MEC), to the huge air base at RAF Khormaksar. Our world seemed to be at peace, but most of us were not to know what trouble was brewing up-country as well as down south in Kenya and out to Muscat and Oman in the east, all within the MEC’s area of responsibility.

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