Rutherford 'Hank'  Hancock peacefully at Sevenoaks Hospital, Paraparaumu, New Zealand after a long illness. Beloved husband of Betty and much loved father and father-in-law of Ian (dec.), Alison & Craig, Rachael & Phil and John & Vaoliva.

RAMUS – Group Captain (Retired) Anthony Arthur, died peacefully on Wednesday 28th August 2019, aged 89.  Dearly beloved husband of  the late Sue Ramus, adored father of Sarah, Tessa and Sophie and wonderful poppa to 8 grandchildren.  He will be greatly missed, but remembered with love and affection by his family and friends.  Thanksgiving Service was  held at St Peter and St Paul, Lingfield, Surrey on Wednesday 2nd October. contact us

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 was held at St Peter and St Paul Church, Blockley, on Saturday 27th April 2019. 

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 was  held at Peterborough Crematorium on Thursday 2nd May.

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 held a private funeral and service of Thanksgiving for his life on the 27th of August at Shipton under Wychwood.

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 was held in Wells Cathedral 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

Sad News from 89C

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death on Sunday 7th July of another 89 member - Dick Shuster AFC.

Dick had been walking his Bassett, Heidi,  in a field across the road from his house in Linton-on-Ouse but  was found,  by local villagers, lying unconscious  in the field . They tried to revive him, even using a local defibrillator, whilst calling 999.   Both an ambulance and the air ambulance arrived but all they could do was pronounce Dick dead.

This was a sad day for all, particularly as it was just 2 months since his beloved wife, Shireen, had died after suffering with cancer for a protracted period.

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

Air Commodore PPW Taylor, RAF (Ret'd), CBE, AFC. On 24th July 2019. Beloved husband of Jane, loved father of Jonathan, Richard and Sally.  Grandfather of Angus, Luke, Katherine, Conor, Dan and Lucy.  Funeral Service at All Saints Church, Stamford on Wednesday 14th August.

I have to report the passing of Pete Taylor on the 24 July; he had been unwell for a while having been in and out of hospital with pancreatic cancer.

Peter joined the RAF in Sep 1955 on No 73 Entry at RAF Cranwell.  His first tour was on No 92 Sqn Hunters - he went through No 229 OCU at RAF Chivenor again in 1965 from thence to No 43 Sqn in Aden.   He went to No 4 Sqn, RAF Wildenrath Germany on Harriers as Flt Cdr in late 1970.  His aircraft flew on for some time after he ejected following a bird strike over Denmark in May 1972. Peter was OC No 1 Sqn from 1973-76 and Stn Cdr RAF Bruggen from 1978-81. He was Gp Capt Offensive Operational Requirements in the MOD for a period and retired from a post at HQ Personnel Management Centre RAF Innsworth.

Peter played a lot of cricket, he was a very good batsman and slip fielder but his real talent lay in the changing rooms where his everlasting jokes and japes kept others amused for hours.  He was also a keen golfer and played for a number of years with the Aircrew Association.

John White CBE FRAeS FRAeS


Peter Taylor

73 B

24 July 2019

"Talbot-WIlliams.- Tony, Group Captain RAF (ret’d) died peacefully on 11th August, aged 95 years.

Dear husband to Diana, father of Simon, Sarah, Richard and Julia and Grandpa to 5.  

"Honorary Member- As your records may not reveal how this came about a “potted” history is that I joined the RAF in 1942/3 via Cambridge University Air Squadron, commissioned and wings in 1944 flying Catalinas at Pensacola, went back to Cambridge in 1947, re-joined as a University entrant in 1950, was a flying instructor at Cranwell 1951/52. (30 bachelor QFIs then, the Mess hummed. We worked Saturday mornings  and the Lunchtime session in the bar sometimes ran through to the Sunday lunchtime session !)

Chris Salwey

65 C

Salwey.- Christopher Humphrey, on 16th August 2019, aged 85 years.  Beloved husband, father and grandfather.  Funeral service at Priors Hardwick Church, on Thursday 19th September.  

Tony Talbot-Williams

Hon Member

11 August 2019

16 August 2019

OZANNE – David Thomas Frederick, EC4699, RAF Cranwell Cadet 1953-1955  RAF pilot and flying instructor commercial pilot, gifted violin maker and restorer, passed away peacefully and graciously on 1st September aged 85 years, at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital on his beloved island home of Guernsey.  Dearly loved husband of Ann, devoted and loving father of Jayne and Katy, father-law of James and the best ever Papi of Ed and Anni.

Tony Ramus

52 B

28 August 2019

Dave Ozanne

65 B

1 September 2019

Rutherford Hancock

60 A

19 August 2019

The Hon David Benjamin, Group Captain RAF (Retired).  Died peacefully on 25th November 2019, aged 88.  Much loved and loving husband to Shirley, father to Sally, Dawn and the late Nigel, grandfather and great-grandfather.  Service of Thanksgiving at St Peter’s Church, Ellastone, Staffordshire DE6 2HB on Tuesday 17th December.

'Benjy' Hives

58 A

25 November 2019

BROWN Mike (Sqn Ldr) Died peacefully on November 26, 2019, aged 87. Beloved husband of June, adored father of Charlotte, Alistair and Tess, Father-in-law of Philip, Caroline and Jim. Proud Grandpa and Great-Grandpa. Funeral, Monday December 16 at St Nicholas Church, Dunnington.

Mike Brown

58 A

26 November 2019

The Honourable David Benjamin Hives was born on 9 June 1931. He was the son of Ernest Hives, 1st Baron Hives and Gertrude Ethel Warwick. He married Shirley Walker, daughter of Harold Walker, on 24 February 1954.

He was educated at Repton School  after which he joined number 58 entry at Cranwell. His career included duties as a fighter pilot and a flying instructor where, as Flt Lt ‘Benjy’ Hives, he taught cadets to fly at Barkston Heath in the late 50s. He was Air Attaché to the British Embassy, The Hague 1976- 1978. and was Air Commander of the Hong Kong 1981-1983.

Wing Commander Donald Arthur Cooper RAF, CBE, AFC died suddenly but peacefully on December 31st aged 89. Well loved and loving husband of Belinda, fond and proud father of 3 sons and 5 grandchildren.

Graduating from Cranwell in 1951 Don went on to Advanced Flying School on the Meteor and after operational conversion joined 247 Squadron, flying the Meteor.  During his time with 247 Don had an out of body experience he recounted fully in 54 Entry's book "From Blue to Grey".  Encountering severe turbulence on take off, his aircraft swung and began to roll to the right.     Don's strange experience was that he was outside watching this and saying to himself that if the fool of a pilot did not reduce power on the port engine he would kill himself.  Immediately, he found himself in the cockpit and climbing safely away with the port engine throttled back.  Don's next tour was as a flying instructor on Meteors.  Then he qualified as a test pilot and was awarded an AFC.  His test flying included helicopters, which became a speciality of his.  Retiring from the RAF as a Wing Commander in 1970, Don began a second career in the Air Accident Investigation Branch, for which his background was admirably suited, and rose to Chief Inspector of Air Accidents and appointment as CBE.

In his latter years Don was the organiser of an annual reunion lunch for fellow surviving members of 54 Entry, who remember him with affection and respect.

Don Cooper

54 B

31 December 2019

Jerry Welby


22 December 2019

Chris Slack


31 December 2019