BOSNIA PHOTOS

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Bosnia: Operation Deny Flight became Operation Deliberate Force on Aug. 29, 1995. It was the largest NATO air operation in history. On the first night, "GHOST-31", aircraft 69-6568 struck an artillery/mortar position southeast of Sarajevo, thus marking the first time this aircraft had ever "drew blood" in combat (to set the record straight, the aircraft DID LOG "O-1 "Combat TIME" in Africa, but this mission was the first time the Aircraft actually recorded a KILL). The 16th SOS flew multiple combat search and rescue sorties from Sept. 6-8, 1995 in support of the rescue attempt of a French Mirage aircrew downed by a surface-to-air missile near Pale. During the operation, which lasted until Sept. 15, 1995, the 16th SOS expended 268 rounds of 105MM and 125 rounds of 40MM against early warning radar sites and command and control facilities. The 16th SOS also participated in Operations Decisive Endeavor, Joint Endeavor, Assured Response, Deliberate Guard, Joint Guard, Goal Keeper and Wintering Over.


Crew of ACFT 568, Bosnia "Ghost 31"
Spectre 568 finally shakes a very old ghost - news article
Spectre "568" finally shakes a very old ghost
Photos for this section courtesy of:
Wes Fields

SMSgt PJ Cook enters barracks in San Vito with first 105MM Brass fired from Acft 69 6568 THAT DREW BLOOD in Combat!

PJ Cook, "Where did my Jumpmaster go?"

Working the 40MM with the
Nose Hose on

Cherry Busters!  (Brad SimsFE), Derrick Cunningham (AG),
PJ Cook (AG)

Cherry Busters!  Bill Shilling (AG), Derrick Cunningham (AG),Wes Fields (AG),Kevin Vigil (WhiteShirt AG),
Rocky Hall (AG) PJ Cook (AG)
 

The 40MM is a handful on "Rapid Fire" wearing a nose hose!

Brindisi, Italy Coast

Brindisi, Italy Coast

Naval gun watching the Port City of Brindisi, Italy Coast

Brindisi, Italy Coast

Brindisi, Italy Coast

San Vito Air Station, Italy

Front Gate: San Vito Air Station, Italy

Sleep well with a Patriot Battery right by your dorm.
San Vito Air Station, Italy

Sensor Alignment
Great view of San Vito Air Station, Italy...LARGE Photo!

Sensor Alignment
Another view of San Vito Air Station, Italy

US, Italian, and NATO flags fly over San Vito Air Station, Italy

"Elephant Cage" Antenna of San Vito Air Station, Italy.

Crew Bus taking us from Brindisi to San Vito Air Station, Italy after a trip accross the Adriatic

Tango Uniform!

Gun Crew and IO looking bored

PJ Cook working the 40MM

#5 on the line, rapid fire, HEI!
 


PJ Cook, "Maybe this pic will be on the Internet one day!"


Poem from the San Vito Hootch wall

B Flight Hootch Art

Yanking a Brain and spine Art from the San Vito Hootch wall

Yanking a Brain and spine Art from the San Vito Hootch wall

 

Dealing Death Art from the San Vito Hootch wall


"Chicks dig us, Guys want to be like us" Art from the San Vito Hootch wall


Eyeball Art from the San Vito Hootch wall

LARGE MURAL Art from the San Vito Hootch wall

This took 3 frames to capture it was so HUGE!  LARGE MURAL Art from the San Vito Hootch wall

This took 3 frames to capture it was so HUGE!  LARGE MURAL Art from the San Vito Hootch wall

This took 3 frames to capture it was so HUGE!  LARGE MURAL Art from the San Vito Hootch wall

Hootch Door.
Sign says, "Mickey says you have to be this tall (or female) to enter".  Note:  We made the height call from the shortest Spectre Maintenance guy.  PJ Cook (Ops Super) got in deep SH#% from a visiting General for this sign and had to remove it...you believe that crap!

"Where Next" Art from the San Vito Hootch wall

Cool 40MM Guy Art from the San Vito Hootch wall

Human Sculpture courtesy of a young gunner at RAF Mildenhall England

2 Gunners showing their best "Assests" right outside the RAF Mildenhall England gate!

Close up for the ladies!

5 gunners riding the "Tubes" in London.  Trouble is a comin'

The young gunners talked the 2 "Bobbys" into opening up the gates of Buckingham Palace so PJ Cook could get a once in a lifetime Photo Op!  Thanks guys!

My FCO and EWO by a Vote Communist Sign in Bari, Italy
     

Young Gunner+Rental Car+Wrong Side Drive=DANGER

Close up of Speedo showing 110MPH on the M11 Just outside of London...Gunships are safer than rental car riding!


Bird in Hand Pub near RAF Mildenhall England

I stumbled upon a beautiful church in Bari, Italy and asked the priest if this church has any historical significance.  he said Santa is downstairs under the alter.

Final resting place of St. Nick!  St. Nicholas was buried in a tomb under the alter of this church (Don't tell the kids!)

Brindisi, Italy Location

Ostuni, Italy
The "White City"...a great place for having a Cappachino and an Ice Cream in the town square on a night off

Ostuni, Italy.  A 14.5km NW from San Vito.  To get there you have to travel through the 2nd most dangerous intersection in the world!  At least according to Lt. Col Bob Morrow (You had to be there)

Dave Cuervels and Crew
Waiting for the crew bus to go fly yet another Bosnia Mission

(sitting AG:  Paul Vadney)

Photos for this section courtesy of:
PJ Cook


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