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RIP 2019

Tim Elkington


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.

Richard Bates


Paul Dickinson  

66 IOT 'A'

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.

Mike Porter  


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 Baerselman  


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.

Caroline Baerselman

12 April 2019


John Price  


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

Michael Robinson  

45 B

5 June 2019

Harold Clements

48 B

27 March 2019

Hugh Rigg

67 A

4 July 2019

Sadly passed away "whilst out walking the dog"  7 July 2019.

More details to follow

Dick Shuster

89 C

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               

George Bowyer

58 A

14 July 2019