"As Mr Mehreganfar had launched a missile, he had to get separated from the formation to follow the missile's route. The missiles came to the F-4s and the left side I was on."
"While we were talking and we'd got closer, my rear cockpit said something passed by our plane."
Gen Ebrahim Ansarin(F-14 RIO):
"I saw the blue missile passing our plane nose, Mehreganfar asked if I saw it. I said yes, I saw the missile's smoke."
"I said it was the smoke from our missile. He said no. It was black."
"Then Mr Harandi said he was hit."
"One of the missiles hit my left wing."
"Number 2 said his wing was hit and he was losing fuel from left. We were talking when we got disconnected. When the bombs were released, Number 2 flew above the F-4s to take position beside me to have mutual support for engagement. The big belly of the F-14 was chosen by the missile, and it hit its wing.
"Our radio contact disconnected. I started turn to the left to return to the F-4 formation. The F-4s have dropped their bombs and they're returning to Iran to the east. I had a glimpse of our radar with a missile sign blinking. I was talking to my rear cockpit weather it was a short range search of about 10 miles. Then I saw it. Mr Ansarin was in the rear cockpit. He saved our lives by firing a missile at it.
"The missile was launched and I was tracing it. There is a rhombus in front of me and I can see the target through it. While I was looking at the missile's route, I saw the aircraft coming to us. And the missile was heading for it directly. The aircraft showed no reaction.
"Like threading a bead of a rosary, the missile exploded the aircraft. Numbers bits and pieces scattered around in the big fire and I turned to the left rapidly. The radar told me to continue 90° turn towards our land because the other targets had arrived and I was caught in the middle. I decide to invert the plane and dive to the ground to a very low altitude at very high speed toward north of Basra and south of Abadan. I realized there the real frontline could be seen from there. Smoke, dust, trenches, vehicles, tanks, cannon, people moving in that area. I continued towards the north of the Persian Gulf, above Al-Bakr oil rig and below Bandar Imam. Then I came up and contacted Hasan, but he didn't answer. I did it several times, but no answer. Every body would be upset and worried in that situation. What happened to Number 2? I was very worried. We went to Isfahan Base and landed."