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The Iran - Iraq War Iranian POWS
1980 - 1988

Following the Iraqi Invasion of Iran, begun by air strikes on 22nd September 1980, the Iranian Air Force's response was swift and effective.

In the following eight years of conflict many Iranian aircraft were shot down and the pilots and crews found themselves captives of the Iraqi regime. The majority of them had ejected.

Similar to the situation that had developed in Vietnam, early in the war, Iranian pilots and crews became Prisoners of War - POWs. The fate of some was unclear and they were listed as Missing in Action. For others they had made the ultimate sacrifice and had Died in Combat.

This section of the web site , in a similar way to the sections on South East Asia Conflict, tries to identify those pilots who became Prisoners [POWs,] those listed (and some still are) listed as Missing in Action [MIAs].

Echoing the experiences at the end of the Vietnam War many prisoners "came home" - but there were those, known to have been POWs, who did not, and their fate is still a matter of speculation.

 In 1984 the International Red Cross visited some of the known Iraqi POW Camps that held Iranian aircrews. The Iraqis were keen to show themselves as "humane" and caring of their captives and allowed photographs of the POWs to be taken.

The following photographs are well known but this is, I believe, the first time that an attempt in English, has been made to identify those shown and also list others who were kept "hidden".

Some POWs were not released until 1990

 

             
Key Name
(& Rank at time of Capture)
Aircraft Crew Status   Date of Capture

#1

           

#2

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3

           

#4

           

#5

           

#6

           

#7

           

#8

           

#9

           

#10

           

#11

Capt Salavati     

F-4E

B/S

 ejected 

 captured

Nov 1980

#12

Capt. Loghman Nejad

F-4E

pilot

 ejected 

 captured

1980

PHOTO No. 1
 


                                                                                                                                                                                                              photo courtesy of the IIAF.net

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    photo courtesy of the IIAF.net

These photograph was taken in 1984 by the Iraqis at Salahedin camp, near Takrit, Iraq, in response to the visit of the International Red Cross who were viewing the state of Iranian Prisoners held by the Iraqis. Most of the above are members of the Air Force.
 

             
Key Name
(& Rank at time of Capture)
Aircraft Crew Status   Date of Capture

#1

 Maj. Ravadgar 

F-4E

pilot

 ejected 

 captured

 Feb 1982

#2

Capt. Loghman Nejad

F-4E

pilot

 ejected 

 captured

1980

#3

Capt. Khatam

F-5E

pilot 

 ejected 

 captured

1980

#4

Lt. Kouh Payeh   

F-4E

B/S

 ejected

captured

Feb 1981

#5

Capt. Abdoos

F-4E

pilot

 ejected

captured

Nov 1980

#6

Capt. Azhari 

F-4E 

pilot

 ejected 

 captured

Oct 1980

#7

Capt  Asdolah Akbari

F5E

 

 ejected 

 captured

Oct1980

#8

Capt. Labibi

F-4E

pilot

 ejected

captured

Feb 1981

#9

Capt. Karimi Nia 

F-4E

pilot 

 ejected 

 captured

Sept 1980

#10

Lt. Pouyan Far    

F-5E

pilot 

 ejected 

 captured

1980

#11

Lt. Ghaderi

F-4E

B/S

 ejected 

 captured

1980

#12

Capt Salavati     

F-4E

B/S

 ejected 

 captured

Nov 1980

#13

Major Dehkhar

F-5E

pilot

 ejected 

 captured

1980

#14

Lt. Mehrasebi

F-4E

B/S 

 ejected 

 captured

1980

#15

 

 

 

 

 

 

#16

Capt. Sefid Pey     

F-4E

pilot 

 ejected 

 captured

1980

#17

Lt. Kazemian

F-4E

B/S

 ejected 

 captured

1982

#18

Lt. Hatamian

F-5E

pilot 

 ejected 

 captured

1980

#19

Lt. Afzali

F-4E

B/S

 ejected 

 captured

1982

#20

Lt. Mokri 

F-4E

B/S

 ejected 

 captured

1980

#21

 

 

 

 

 

 

#22

Lt. Hossein Nejadi

F-4E

B/S

ejected

captured

1980



PHOTO No. 2

 

    Help on addition notes to clarify the fate of the following Pilots and Crews appreciated
Those written in red were in captivity but were not shown to the RED CROSS in 1984

F-4 Phantom & F-5 Crews  in Captivity at Salahedin Camp

 

 
Captain Abdoos
F-4E
pilot
Lt. Afzali
F-4E
B/S
Captain Asdolah Akbari
F-5
pilot
Captain Azhari
F-4E
pilot
Lt Ghaderi
F-4E
B/S
Major Dehkhar Ghani
F-5E
pilot
Lt Pouyan Far
F-5E
pilot
Lt. Hatamian
F-5E
pilot
Captain Karimi Nia
F-4E
pilot
Lt Kazemian
F-4E
B/S
Captain Khatam
F-5E
pilot
Captain Labibi
F-4E
pilot
Lt. Mehrasebi
F-4E
B/S
Lt. Mokri
F-4E
B/S
Captain Loghman Nejad
F-4E
pilot
Lt. Hossein_Nejadi
F-4E
B/S
Captain Sefid Pay
F-4E
pilot
Lt. Kouh Payeh
F-4E
B/S
Major Ravadgar
F-4E
pilot
Captain Salavati
F-4E
B/S
       
Lt Vaziri        

 

F-4 Phantom Crews in Captivity

 

Loss Date Pilot Back Seater (RIO)

 

 

Lt Col  MAHMOODI

 

Lt Heidari

27th September 1980

 

Capt SOHEILI

 

Lt Vaziri

 

 

Maj  SHIRVIN

 

Capt Salavati

 

 

Capt AHMADI

 

Lt ALIREZAEI

FEEDBACK

As you may be care to know,  AHMADI was very good F-4 pilot and during the war after flying almost every day for some months, his aircraft was shot-down and he had to punch-out  and was captured by Iraqis

He was a POW until two years after the cease-fire. When at last he came back to Iran, on the way to Shiraz to visit his family, he died in a road car accident  and never saw them!

in email 10th September 2009

 

shot down 20th December 1980


Capt MOHAMMAD YOUSEF AHMADBEYGI

 


 

Lt Hossein Nejadi

 

 

 

Capt ZOLFAGHARI

 

Lt AZAMI

 

 

Capt FALLAHI


Lt MOHAMAD ALI KIANI
Mohammad Ali Kiyani

 

 

Capt SALMAN

 

Lt Movahedian Killed

 

 

Capt BOORANI

 

Lt Basirat

ejected  captured  1991 returned 1994

 

Col AMINI

 

Lt SHARIFI

 

F5E Pilots in Captivity

Lt ALIMORADI Lt JAMSHID OWSHALL [OOSHAL] Capt ESKANDARI Lt LASHGARI
returned in 1998
Lt MOHAMMADI
Capt ELMI Capt KOTTAB Capt YAZD Capt  SAMANDARIAN

Capt  ADIBI

Helicopter pilots  In captivity
 
 
Lt Sabezevari Lt MESRI Lt MORADI Lt  KALANTARI  

 

Other F-4 POWS (POW Camp not confirmed)
 
Capt. Ghaffari Lt. Col. Abolghasem Abiri
Ejected captured 1985
     

 

1983

In 1983 an F4E was flown to and landed in Iraq.  B/S Lt  Sehati was taken as a POW

 

An F-14 flown to Iraq The B/S Lt Najafi  ejected himself and pilot during the landing which resulted in the aircraft being destroyed.
 Najafi was kept as a POW in solitary confinement for 3 years

 

Civil Falcon 20 was flown to and landed in Iraq. Co-pilot Nazarinia was taken as POW

13th - 14th September  1990

All senior officers and pilot POW`s released

?? ?? 1991

IS DATE CORRECT


IRIAF
F-4E
CONFIRM ??
  special mission two years after the cease fire   Lt Col Amini
ejected, captured, POW
[released 1998]
Capt Sharifi B/S
ejected, captured, POW
[released 1998]
 

Was the mission to attack positions in Iraq occupied by Iranians opposed to the Islamic Government ???

 April 1998

 Two Iranian Air Force pilots were returned to Iran after 18 years in captivity. Both were promoted to the rank of brigadier general on their release

Hossein Lashkari, whose plane was shot down  
soon after the start of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980

Col. Mohammad Amini

  

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