RAF crew scribbled a note on a missile, which was on its way to blast ISIS targets in Syria that read ‘Love from Manchester.’
The note was believed to be a social media hoax but RAF bosses confirmed its accuracy today.
Apparently, it was the idea of a drone regiment based at a secret location in the Middle East, in response to Monday night’s terror attack at Manchester Arena that claimed 22 innocent victims.
It was reported to be a Hellfire missile on social media, although it was later confirmed as a Paveway IV bomb.
The picture appeared on Twitter with the caption: ‘RAF Armourer on a Reaper UAV squadron wrote this on a Hellfire (sic) missile before taking off on a Syria mission’.
An RAF spokesman told MailOnline: ‘The RAF can confirm the photo was genuine’.
A source said: ‘The sentiment of the message is understandable under the circumstances.
‘There’s a history of messages being written on missiles in the RAF.
‘It’s unlikely the individual responsible for it will be disciplined.’
This tradition of writing messages on bombs goes all the way back to Second World War.
Following the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015 that left 130 dead, the message ‘From Paris, With Love’ daubed on American bombs and missiles bound for ISIS strongholds.
Even Russia wrote ‘For Paris’ on bombs that were destined for ISIS targets in Syria.
Take a look at some messages throughout history: