Tornadoes and Buccaneers

RAF bases list during Operation Granby

Picture: A typical strike package of two tornadoes and a Bucaneer taxies out.

Listed by location are the bases used by the Royal Air Force during Operation Granby and the aircraft at each location.

Saudi Arabia

Dhahran Royal Saudi Air Force Base

Lead Squadron
Aircraft Type
Tornado GR1 and GR1A

Tail Number/Name
ZA370/A (GR1A)
ZA371/C (GR1A)
ZA372/E (GR1A) "Sally T"
ZA373/H (GR1A)
ZA374/CN (GR1) "Miss Behavin'"
ZA376/- (GR1) "Mrs Miggins"
ZA397/O (GR1A)
ZA400/T (GR1A)
ZA403/CO (GR1)
ZA457/CE (GR1) "Bob"
ZA461/DK (GR1)
ZA490/GG (GR1) "Gigi"
ZD707/BK (GR1)
ZD715/DB (GR1) "Luscious Lizzie"
ZD719/AD (GR1) "Check Six"
ZD740/DA (GR1) "Dhahran Annie"
ZD745/BM (GR1) "Black Magic"
ZD792/CF (GR1) "Nursie"
ZD843/DH (GR1)
ZD847/CH (GR1) "Where Do You Want It?"
ZD895/BF (GR1)

43 Squadron
(RAF Leuchars)
Tornado F3

ZE158/D
ZE159/O
ZE161/R
ZE164/G
ZE165/U
ZE200/A
ZE203/L
ZE204/B
ZE206/C
ZE887/E
ZE907/K
ZE908/X
ZE934/Q
ZE936/F
ZE961/H
ZE968/J
ZE969/L
ZE982/P

Tabuk Royal Saudi Air Force Base

Lead Squadron
16 Squadron
(RAF Bruggen)

Aircraft Type
Tornado GR1

Tail Number/Name
ZA393/CQ (T) " Sir Galahad"
ZA406/DN (T)
ZA446/EF
ZA447/EA " MiG Eater"
ZA452/GK " Gulf Killer"
ZA460/FD " Fire Dancer"
ZA465/FK "Foxy Killer "
ZA467/FF *
ZA473/FM "Foxy Mama"
ZA492/FE
ZD719/AD (A) **
ZD739/AC (T) "Armoured Charmer"
ZD744/BD "Buddha"
ZD746/AB (A) "Alarm Belle"
ZD747/AL (A) "Anna Louise"
ZD748/AK (A) "Anola Kay"
ZD810/AA (A)
ZD844/DE (T) "Donna Ewin"
ZD845/AF (A) "Angel Face"
ZD848/BC
ZD850/CL (A) "Cherry Lips"
ZD851/AJ (A) "Amanda Jane"
ZD893/AG (A) ***

KEY:
T = TIALD CAPABLE
A = ALARM CAPABLE
* = Shot down on 22 January, 1991. Crew killed.
** = Later to Dhahran
*** = Abandoned near to base due to control restriction on 20 January, 1991. Crew ejected.

King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh

Lead Squadron
242 Operational Conversion Unit
(RAF Lyneham)

101 Squadron
(RAF Brize Norton)

216 Squadron
(RAF Brize Norton)

32 Squadron
(RAF Northolt)

Aircraft Type
Hercules C1/C3
VC10 K2/K3
Tristar K1
BAE 125 CC2/CC3

Tail Number / Name
Most RAF Hercules' were involved in the operation
ZA140/A (K2)
ZA141/B (K2) "The Empire Strikes Back"
ZA142/C (K2) "The Empire Strikes Back"
ZA143/D (K2)
ZA144/E (K2)
ZA147/F (K3)
ZA148/G (K3)
ZA149/H (K3)
ZA150/J (K3)
ZD949 "Pinky"
ZD951 "Perky"
A number of aircraft were employed on VIP duties.

Support Helicopter Force

RAF helicopters operated from a variety of locations in support of ground troops.

Lead Squadron
7 Squadron
(RAF Odiham)

230 Squadron
(RAF Gutersloh)

Aircraft Type
Chinook HC1

Tail Number / Name
ZA671/0
ZA675/B
ZA677/U
ZA679/Z
ZA682/N
ZA683/W
ZA684/L
ZA707/V
ZA712/R
ZA720/P
ZD575/H
ZD576/G
ZD980/J
ZD981/D
ZD982/I

Puma HC1

Tail Number/Name
XW200/A
XW201/B
XW204/C
XW206/D
XW207/E
XW214/R
XW216/F
XW217/G
XW220/H
XW222/J
XW224/S
XW225/K
XW226/T
XW231/U
ZA934/L
ZA935/M
ZA936/N
ZA937/O
ZA939/P

Oman

Seeb, Oman

Lead Squadron
120 Squadron
(RAF Kinloss)

Aircraft Type
Nimrod MR2

Tail Number / Name
XV231
XV235 "Muscat Belle"
XV258 "Guernsey's Girl"

Bahrain

Muharraq, Bahrain

Lead Squadron
15 Squadron
(RAF Bruggen)

Aircraft Type
Tail Number / Name
ZA392/EK *
ZA396/GE **
ZA399/GA "Hello Kuwait, G'bye Iraq (Granny)"
ZA455/EJ "Triffid Airways"
ZA456/M "Hello Kuwait, G'bye Iraq (Mel)"
ZA459/EL
ZA463/Q "Flying High"
ZA469/I
ZA471/E "Snoopy Airways (Emma)"
ZA472/EE
ZA475/P "Triffid Airways"
ZA491/N "Snoopy Airways (Nikki)"
ZA492/FE
ZD717/C *** "Hello Kuwait, G'bye Iraq"
ZD744/BD ****
ZD790/D "Snoopy Airways (Debbie)"
ZD791/BG *****
ZD792/CF"Nursie"
ZD809/BA "Hello Kuwait, G'bye Iraq (Awesome Annie)"
ZD890/O "Hello Kuwait, G'bye Iraq (Reclining nude)"
ZD892/H "Snoopy Airways (Helen)"

208 Squadron
(RAF Lossiemouth)
Buccaneer S2B

XV352/U "Tamdhu"
XV863/S "Tamnavoulin", "Debbie", "Sea Witch"
XW530/E "Glenmorangie"
XW533/A "Glenfarclas", "Fiona", "Miss Jolly Roger"
XW547/R "The Macallan", "Paline", "Guinness Girl"
XX885/L "Famous Grouse", "Caroline", "Hello Sailor"
XX889/T "Longmom"
XX892/I "Glen Lossie"
XX894/O "Aberlour"
XX895/G "Glenfiddich", "Lynn", "Jaws"
XX899/P "Linkwoods", "Laura", "Laser Lips"
XX901/N ¤ "Glen Elgin", "Kathryn", "The Flying Mermaid"

41 Squadron
(RAF Coltishall)
Jaguar GR1A

XX725/T "Johnny Fartpants"
XX733/R
XX748/U
XX962/X "Fat Slags"
XZ106/O
XZ118/Y "Buster Gonad"
XZ119/Z "Katrina Jane"
XZ356/N "Mary Rose"
XZ358/W "Diplomatic Service"
XZ364/Q "Sadman"
XZ367/P "Debbie"
XZ375/S "The Guardian Reader"

55 Squadron
(RAF Marham)
Victor K2

XH671 "Slinky Sue/Sweet Sue"
XH672 "Maid Marion"
XL161
XL164 "Saucy Sal"
XL190
XL231 "Lusty Lindy"
XM715 "Teasin' Tina"
XM717 "Lucky Lou"

KEY:

* = Flew into the ground shortly after carrying out an attack on 18 January, 1991, killing the crew.
** = Hit by surface-to-air missile (SAM) during loft bombing manoeuvre on 20 January, 1991. Crew ejected.
*** = Shot down by 2 SAMs on 14 February, 1991. Navigator killed.
**** = Suffered massive birdstrike on 18 January,1991 and returned to Bruggen for repairs.
***** = Shot down by anti-aircraft fire on 17 January, 1991. Crew ejected.
¤ = Destroyed one AN-12 transport aircraft on the ground with Paveway II LGB.

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