During 15 years service in the Royal Air Force Flt. Lt. John Nichol flew Tornadoes in both Air Defence and Ground Attack roles. On active duty during the first Gulf War in 1991 he was shot down on the first low-level, daylight raid of the conflict. Captured and tortured, he was paraded on television provoking worldwide condemnation and leaving one of the enduring images of that war. He returned to active duty and was involved in policing the exclusion zone as part of the UN force maintaining the fragile peace in Bosnia. He has served around the world from the Nevada Desert to the Middle East and Norway to the Falkland Islands. As a best-selling author, John Nichol has written 14 books including the Sunday Times best-seller Tornado Down which describes his ordeal as a prisoner-of-war. He has also 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 devised and presented two series of Survivors, interviewing newsmakers who have been through life changing experiences. John is a patron of the British Ex-service Wheelchair Sports Association. He is also a very poor golfer.