Agent: Mark Lucas
During his 15 years in the RAF John Nichol flew Tornadoes in Air Defence and Ground Attack roles around the world, from the Nevada Desert to the Falkland Islands. He and his pilot John Peters were shot down on the first low-level daylight raid of the First Gulf War. Captured and tortured, they were paraded on TV, provoking worldwide condemnation, and leaving one of the enduring images of the conflict. He returned to active duty as part of the UN force maintaining the fragile peace in Bosnia.
John is the bestselling author of Tornado Down (with John Peters) which describes their POW ordeal, five novels, a number of World War II oral histories (with Tony Rennell) and The Red Line, a classic account of the ill-fated Nuremberg Raid, and its tumultuous and deeply moving aftermath. His most recent book, After the Flood: What the Dambusters Did Next (published as Return of the Dambusters in paperback) tells the incredible story of how the men of 617 Squadron took the fight to the heart of Hitler’s war machine and helped change the course of the war. It is a story of the most dangerous sorties, heart-breaking setbacks and incredible courage.
He has written for all of the UK national newspapers including The Times, the Mail on Sunday and the Guardian, and is a widely quoted commentator on military affairs. John has been a consultant and presenter for Newsnight, BBC News, CNN, World in Action, ITN, Sky News and Cutting Edge, and has also devised and presented 2 series of Survivors, interviewing newsmakers who have been through life-changing experiences.