Squadron Leader Timothy Jones, Oman Distiguished Service Medal

Between 1972 – 1978 a number of RAF Regiment Officers served on secondment to the Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces, during the Dhofar campaign against Communist rebels operating from neighbouring Yemen. Six of these Officers were recognised for their service. Sqn Ldr Jones was the only one who received the Oman Distinguished Service Medal for Gallantry.

Sqn Ldr Timothy Jones, RAF Regiment
Squadron Leader Timothy Jones, wearing: GSM (Borneo & South Arabia), the Oman Distinguished Service Medal with Gallantry emblem, Dohfar Campaign Medal, Oman As Sumood Medal and Peace Medal with active service emblem.

Sqn Ldr Jones served in Oman between August 1972 – March 1974 at the height of the Dhofar Rebellion. He held the rank of Major and commanded No 3 Company of the Jebel Regiment. During his time in command, his Company conducted relief in place under contact over 2 days in a remote mountain location. As part of Op SIMBA on the Yemen border his command endured repeated rebel attacks by mortar, sniper and RPG fire. After Op SIMBA he used his experience to assist the Sultans Air Force Strikemaster aircraft to conduct Air to Ground strike operations called “fast FAC” missions. During a later mobile Operation named Rose Garden and whilst leading a fighting patrol he called in artillery fire on rebels, finishing off the enemy position with hand grenades and coordinating artillery fire to further hamper a follow up rebel counter attack.

At the end of his tour of duty he was awarded the Sultan’s Distinguished Service Medal (Gallantry).

Later in his career he commanded 34 Sqn (LLAD) RAF Regiment. He retired from the RAF 1 January 1984.