Harrier at take off

The Harrier Goes to War

The No 1 (Fighter) Squadron Operation Corporate Diary

Reproduced by kind permission of Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire, Chief of the Air Staff

The No 1 (Fighter) Squadron pilots Pilots of No 1(F) Squadron pictured whilst transiting to the war zone on board the Atlantic Conveyor. L-R : Sqn Ldr Peter Harris, Flt Lt Jeff Glover, Flt Lt Mark Hare, Flt Lt John Rochfort, Sqn Ldr Bob Iveson, Wg Cdr Peter Squire (Officer Commanding), Flt Lt Tony Harper with Sqn Ldr Jerry Pook sitting.

Published for the very first time, this is the story of No 1 (Fighter) Squadron during Operation Corporate. The operation was also the Harrier's first war, and the fact that the squadron and its aircraft flew from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier alongside Sea Harriers of the Fleet Air Arm was testament to the versatility of the Harrier and the flexibility of it's pilots. The diary will use photographs, maps and documents never before seen to give the most complete picture possible of the Harrier's first war.

Our thanks go to Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire, Chief of the Air Staff, and commanding officer of No 1(F) Squadron during the Falklands conflict for allowing us to use his personal diary for this feature, and indeed for his painstaking work in producing what is a unique and valuable historic document.

Picture: Pilots of No 1(F) Squadron pictured whilst transiting to the war zone on board the Atlantic Conveyor. L-R : Sqn Ldr Peter Harris, Flt Lt Jeff Glover, Flt Lt Mark Hare, Flt Lt John Rochfort, Sqn Ldr Jerry Pook, Wg Cdr Peter Squire (Officer Commanding), Sqn Ldr Bob Iveson and Flt Lt Tony Harper sitting.

The Harrier Goes to War - Diary 1
2 April to 24 April

The Harrier Goes to War - Diary 2
26 April ro 8 May

The Harrier Goes to War - Diary 3
9 May to 19 May

The Harrier Goes to War - Diary 4
20 May to 29 May

The Harrier Goes to War - Diary 5
30 May to 10 Jun

The Harrier Goes to War - Diary 6
11 Jun to 20 Jun

The Harrier Goes to War - Diary 7
23 Jun to 6 Jul

The Harrier Goes to War - Diary 8
12 Jul - Postscript Spring 1985

See: Harrier Diary Gallery

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