090200Z - FLASH PRIORITY
TO: COMMANDER OPERATION PRESS MAGNET
FROM: CHIEF OF AIR STAFF (CAS)
SUBJ: INITIATE OPERATION PRESS MAGNET
1. SITUATION: A WX: BROKEN CLOUDS FORECAST NEXT 12-24 HOURS. NO SIGNIFICANT PRECIPITATION EXPECTED IN AO. WINDS S AT 5 KTS.
B. ENEMY: UGANDA POSSESSES SEVERAL MIG-17 AND MIG-21 A/C. AA ARTILLERY PROBABLY LIMITED TO OLDER PIECES SUCH AS ZU-2S.
C. FRIENDLY: NO CHANGE.
D. ATTS AND DETS: NO CHANGE.
2. MISSION: YOU ARE DIRECTED TO INITIATE OPERATION PRESS MAGNET AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE.
A. ATTACK AND DESTROY UGANDAN MILITARY A/C IN YOUR AO. ESTABLISH AIR SUPERIORITY IN YOUR AO.
B. CONDUCT RECONNAISSANCE OF ENTEBBE. SORTIES FLOWN BY THE TWO A/C EQUIPPED WITH RECON GEAR SHOULD FOCUS ON GATHERING INFORMATION ABOUT THE DISPOSITION OF MILITARY FORCES IN ENTEBBE AND ENTEBBE AIRPORT.
PATROL AREA FOR RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS IS THE RECTANGULAR AREA BOUNDED BY 0°10'N, 0°N, 32°20'E, AND 32°30'E.
C. ATTACK AND DESTROY FACILITIES AT ENTEBBE AIRPORT, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL.
D. ATTACK AND DESTROY UGANDAN GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS IN ENTEBBE.
3. EXECUTION: WEAPONS TIGHT. YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO INITIATE HOSTILITIES, BUT ONLY AGAINST TARGETS IDENTIFIED AS HOSTILE.
BE AWARE THAT YOU WILL BE CONDUCTING YOUR MISSION IN A POPULATED AREA. TRY TO KEEP CIVILIAN CASUALTIES TO A MINIMUM.
B. GROUPINGS AND TASKS: UC NO CHANGE.
SUPPORT EL NO CHANGE.
C. COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS: NO CHANGE.
D. OPERATIONAL RESTRICTIONS: NO CHANGE.
4. ADMINISTRATION AND LOGISTICS: NO CHANGE.
5. COMMAND AND CONTROL: A. EMCON State C (Unrestricted Emissions).
B. COMMANDER OPERATION PRESS MAGNET IS OFFICER IN TACTICAL COMMAND.
6. GOOD LUCK AND GOD SAVE THE QUEEN, CAS SENDS.
OPERATION PRESS MAGNET
Date: Saturday, 9 June 1973
Duration: 18 hours
Location: Entebbe, Uganda
Weather: Moderate Middle Clouds 7-16k ft, No Rain
In 1972, Idi Amin broke diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom and nationalized several British companies operating in Uganda. Following this, a series of incidents have led to increased hostilities between Uganda and the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has decided that a show of force is necessary.
There are three basic missions:
• Cripple the Ugandan air force in the sky and gain air superiority
• Fly reconnaissance missions over Entebbe
• Conduct air strikes against selected ground targets.
• Attack and destroy Ugandan military aircrafts
• Establish Air Superiority
• Conduct Reconnaissance of Entebbe
• Attack and Destroy
- Facilities at Entebbe Airport (exception: Airport Terminal)
- Ugandan Government buildings
- MIG-17, several
- MIG-21, several
• x2 Buccaneer S.2B, Recon, Camera Pod [Visual]
• x6 Buccaneer S.2B, Mk13 1000lb GPB
• x8 Lightning F.6, A/A: Red Top
• x4 Phantom II FGR.2, A/A: AIM-7E2 Sparrow III, AIM-9D Sidewinder, SUU-23/A Gun Pod, Heavy
• x4 Phantom II FGR.2, SNEB 100mm Rocket
• x2 Shackleton AEW.2, Airborne Early Warning (AEW)
Distance from Moi Air Base in Kenya to Entebbe is about 275 nm. At an average speed of 480 knots, most aircraft would take about 35 minutes to get there.
To ensure minimum casualties, I need some intel. Local time is 4 am with moderate to middle clouds between 7-16ft. I have 2 Buccaneers with a Recon loadout, however, without daylight, it is pretty useless.
There are many land targets to neutralise. With 6 Buccaneers loaded with Mk13 1000lb GPB and a ready time of 6 hours. Similarly, the 4 remaining Phantom II with SNEB 100mm Rockets also have a ready time of 6 hour. That means that each of my land strike aircraft is only good for 2 sorties each.
I have a dilemma. Should I ignore their Anti Air platforms and go for maximum damage against their buildings or play it safe?