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Only hours after the United States ultimatum to Saddam Hussein ran out u January 1991, Squadron Leader Pablo Mason led the first of many Tornado attacks he would make over Iraqi territory.

It became a four-hour ordeal he will never forget - Number Two aircraft wa hit, and shot down before either crew member had delivered one bomb in anger. They were subsequently captured and tortured by the Iraqis. But Mason went on to lead further flights, and tells in gripping detail the tenor - and the monotony - that war brought him.

An experienced formation leader - he was forty when the war began - Mason acted as both a spur and a mentor to his team of airmen. He was driven to ask what war meant to him, to his men and, inevitably, to those whose interests they served. Coming to terms with the fear of death was tough, but other issues proved just as hard to swallow: the realisation that he and his fellow airmen were no better than mercenaries in a war that had more to do with oil than with democracy, that their loyalty went unappreciated by those in power and that ex-POWs and the wounded are seen as excellent propaganda - but an embarrassment when no longer needed.

Pablo's War is more than a memoir of bravery and high-tech combat in the Gulf. It is a heartfelt examination of the role of the individual in modern warfare.

'Amid the thrills of recorded combat, it is by turns scornful. perplexed, proud and indignant' THE INDEPENDENT
Paperback 1993
Creases front cover text binding good

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