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1 February 2019
Wing Commander John 'Tim' Elkington has died aged 98, bringing the heroic band of Battle Of Britain airmen known as 'The Few' down to just six survivors.
Wg Cdr Elkington, of Little Rissington, near Cheltenham, Gloucs, died after a fall on February 1. He is survived by his wife Pat and four children.
Group Captain Richard David Bates, AFC, of Blockley, passed away peacefully on 6th April 2019, at Newlands, Stow-on-the-Wold, aged 85 years. Loving husband to Heather, devoted father to David and loved by the wider family. A Funeral Service will be held at St Peter and St Paul Church, Blockley, on Saturday 27th April 2019 at 12 noon. Family flowers only, however donations to The RAF Benevolent Fund may be left at church or sent c/o Allen & Son, Bank View, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0AF.
It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing to inform the association that our Father, Fit Lt D Paul Dickinson, passed away on the 17th April 2019.
The funeral service will be held at Peterborough Crematorium (PE6 7JE) on Thursday 2nd May at 11.00 am. Family, Friends and of course colleagues from the RAF are hugely welcome to join.
All are also invited for refreshments after at The Cuckoo, 20 Oundle Road, Alwalton, Peterborough, PE7 3 UP.
Sadly, I have to report the sudden death on the 27th April of Mike Porter, a member of 67 Entry from 1953 to 1956. The family will be holding a private funeral, but there will be a service of Thanksgiving for his life on the 27th of August at Shipton under Wychwood to which everyone is welcome.
Ours was a small Entry, and the loss of each one of us is of particular poignancy. He will be greatly missed by us all.
Bill Turnill 67B
6 April 2019
17 April 2019
27 April 2019
Jim Baerselman, Royal Air Force 1954-76. Pilot, test pilot, test pilot trainer and later Chairman Tornado Cockpit Group. CEO/Part Owner/Director 1979-1995 Falcon Sailing/Sovereign Sailing (Now Neilson).
Jim died on 12th April 2019 just before his 83rd birthday. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for two years. Former RAF colleagues from Cranwell and ETPS attended his funeral on 7th May. Jim was my dear husband for 17 years and partner for many more.
12 April 2019
25 April 2019
Graduating from Cranwell in April 1948 ( the first entry of Flight Cadets to do so after WW2), Michael Robinson joined 45 Squadron in Negombo, Ceylon in October 45 Sqn went on to fly Beaufighters and in early 1950 converted to the Brigand.
His other flying tours include the Canberra B(I) and the Victor B2 where he was OC 100 Sqn. He Commanded RAF Lossiemouth and retired from the Service in 1982 after a tour as Director General of Organisation.
He was Assistant Commandant of the College August 1974 - March 1977
A thanksgiving service will be held in Wells Cathedral on 1400 on Wednesday 2nd October 2019
5 June 2019
27 March 2019
4 July 2019
Sadly passed away "whilst out walking the dog" 7 July 2019.
More details to follow
7 July 2019
George passed away peacefully on 14th July 2019, aged 86 years. Will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday 30th July at 10 a.m. at Wessex Vale Crematorium, Southampton. Past 'Old Cranwellian' collegues who attended included Air Cdre Mike Allisstone and AVM Andrew Roberts.
George was a F/C Sgt in 58 Entry A Squadron and, although he is not listed in the LoG as having been awarded Rowing colours, I am 99% certain that he was and that there is a photograph in College Hall of the 1st boat’s crew in 1952 or 53 with him wearing a full colours striped blazer. I am not absolutely sure of my facts but his career was, I think, primarily in Shackletons and I believe he retired from being Station Commander of RAF Newton when his family brewing firm (George Gale’s of Horndean near Portsmouth) needed his guiding hand. As such he was a generous supporter of local charities and a one-time trustee of the Church of England Soldiers’, Sailors and Airmen’s Clubs charity, based in Old Portsmouth. Only a couple of weeks ago I saw his name listed as a runner-up in the weekly Daily Telegraph crossword competition so it would seem that his mind was active to the very end.
Mike Allistone 62C
14 July 2019