My loving mother, Doreen Theresa Nancy Fielder (nee Brine) joined the WRAF during WW2 and later was posted to Cairo. On her first day there, in the chaos and noise that is Cairo, she met her husband. He was with a group of airmen and when he saw my mother, he confided to them, that she was the woman he would marry. This came true six months later in Heliopolis. As well as being beautiful, she was principled and kind all of her days. She was a devoted wife and mother who is sorely missed by all her family.
Born in 1925 my father, from 1945 onwards, led a distinguished career in the Royal Air Force. As an officer pilot he was stationed at the following RAF stations: Shawbury, Boscombe Down, Waddington, Watton, Rheindahlen (West Germany), Changi, Brize Norton, Benson. A top secret SIGINT job performed in the 1960s at RAF Watton earned him the Air Force Cross.
With deep regret and shame I lost contact with Danny in the 1980s. He died in December 2019. I sincerely wish I'd known you better Dad...
Gladys was born in Rock Ferry. In World War II she joined the WAAF. Due to her administration skills she became a code and cipher clerk stationed at High Wycombe. She kept into contact with many friends found here in her retirement years especially, Pam Mosely. Gladys brought the fun and resilience learned in the WAAF into her family life. She remained active into her late eighties and became ‘Queen’ of her care home. Gladys died just into her 100th year and is sorely missed by her family.
Peter was one of the few living survivors of the "D" day landings. In June 1944, as an RAF Flight Engineer, he flew several sorties throughout the night as part of a Sterling crew. He was awarded the Legion d'Honneur by the French State. His career as an engineer continued with him working for Doughty's. He was devoted to his wife Shelagh, his 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. They celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary in April 2020 with a telegram from the Queen. He will be greatly missed.
I was only small when Ron visited us, my father’s favourite nephew, he was always fun loving.Ron was born in February 1922, he joined the RAFVR at the beginning of WW2.He was in 174 Squadron and he was trained in Texas USA and flew Hurricanes and Typhoon planes. He was killed 24th February 1945, aged 22 years. He died in Ossnabruk, Germany and his grave is in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. MyDD used to say he was a lovely man. God Bless you Aron, Rest in Peace.
We met while Bill (William) was doing his National Service in 1957-1959. He worked in Accounts and I was the CO’s secretary/typist at RAF Newton, Notts. We were married 6th June 1960, sadly he passed away just before our Diamond Wedding. He was a lovely family man and I’d like this dedication for him. Happy always content, Loved and respected wherever he went Always thoughtful, loving and kind A beautiful memory he has left behind. Greatly missed, RIP Bill xx
DLC Fielder was born on the 4th August 1921. He flew as a Wireless Operator and Gunner, attached to Squadrons 83 & 216 ME. His Serial No. was 1270306. The RAF was his life and, as his family...ours too. His wife Doreen Brine, his children: Sandra, Alexis and Hedley hold memories of our time in the RAF with dad as some of the very best. Having been offered an NCO, he sadly left the RAF on medical grounds as a Warrant Officer in 1962 while stationed at RAF Medmenham. He passed away on the 2nd April 1971. He was a dear father and much loved husband.
He joined the RAF aged 17 in 1947. Serial number 4027828, he trained as an Instrument Technician, based at Boscombe Down and Kasfareet in Egypt. Chas met Sadie in Kasfareet and they married in 1952. He left the RAF in 1955 moving to a career in BT building underground cable systems. Chas and Sadie had 2 children, 2 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Chas passed away in July 2020, aged 90. He is adored by his granddaughters, who fondly remembered Saturday lunches at Nan and Grandad’s.
A young Pamela Adams (our Mum) joined the WAAF service and after operating barrage balloons for a time, she moved into Admin Support and eventually progressed on to staff who were involved in the D-Day landings under General Eisenhower at Bushey Park. She was subsequently moved to Transport Command in Hendon, where she met Dennis O'Brien (our Dad).
Our Dad was transferred to 32 SFTS, Moose Jaw, Canada via the troop ship Mauretania as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. He was in Canada from 1942 to 1944, helping to train aircrew for the RAF and during his time off, entertained the base and local population with his singing skills, even getting mentioned in the base magazine “The Prarie Flyer”.
A dear Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, friend & RAF officer - words can never say how much we miss you. I wish I knew more about your RAF career and your time on the "Halifax" bomber command. We are so proud of you. I know you enjoyed your service from the few pictures I have from those times. RIP dear dad but I know you will be partying & "flying high" in heaven!
What a wonderful mum you were! We all loved you so much and you are missed beyond belief. Here's my poem just for you: We're born to live, we're born to try We learn to laugh, we learn cry We’re taught to be truthful - not to lie We live, we love, we live, we die The mortal frame gone, the spirit flies Above and beyond all land seas and skies And through all this no questions arise It's all meant to be, no where's and no why’s The mist of time clears to reveal things so bright A perfect place shines out through the night With colours so vivid and the whitest of white The widest wide spaces and the highest of height Everyone's there but there are no people No possessions, no objects, no things and no evil Time to relax and be ever so peaceful Immersed in the space of this beautiful sequel I know you're there now looking right down on me You’re together again where else would you be?
This dedication is to the memory of my dear husband, born in Ivybridge Devon on 30th January 1930. He passed away on 17th April 2020 having celebrated his 90th birthday shortly before.
John, enjoyed a happy and fulfilled life. His years of service were at the core of his existence. He was a true gentleman, a man of honour and always committed to helping others. His courtesy and kindness were exceptional and he was highly esteemed by those who knew him both in the RAF and his private life. We remember him with gratitude for having enriched our lives with his affections and loyalty
It is with sadness after a fall at home he passed away in hospital a few days later on the 30th of January 2020. He was a warrant officer in RAF Bomber Command who was an RCM operator aboard a Sterling Bomber of 199 squadron. He will be sadly missed. Thank you to the British Legion and RAF Benevolent Fund for the wonderful send off he had including 9 flag bearers.
Sqn.Ldr. David Butler DFC came from humble beginnings to enjoy a long and successful career in the RAF. He completed two full tours during the war, over 55 missions as tail gunner on Halifax and Lancaster bombers with 12 and 171 Sqns. but never forgot the crew he lost on the one mission he missed, as we will never forget him.
In loving memory of our wonderful Dad and Grandad, who passed away aged 91. Dad(Ben) wrote a book about his life. It tells of when he joined the ATC in 1944 and in 1946 aged 17 1/2 he joined the RAF. After training Dad became a propulsion engineer and was posted firstly to Germany then Egypt and his last posting was Habbaniyah in Iraq. Dad worked on various aircraft and loved to tell us about his days in the Air Force. I have many photographs of him and his pals working and having fun. Dad moved back to Hendon in 1951 where he met Vera (nicknamed Rusty) who worked in the NAAFI. They both loved dancing and within six months they were married in 1952. They were inseparable until Mum passed away in 2008. Dad was unfortunately diagnosed with dementia in 2018 and even up until the end he thought he was still in the RAF and telling me he'd just arrived back from Berlin or Paris. The last time I saw him he asked me to call his CO and let him know he was too ill for duty. Rest in peace Mum and Dad Love Tracey, Steve and family xxx
Jacques requested before he passed away he would like to make a donation to RAF Benevolent Fund to help others as they helped him. He loved the RAF and was my hero. Loved by his wife Catherine, their children, grandchildren and Great grandchildren. Also loved and missed by Mike and Carolyn Crighton
In loving memory of a much loved Dad, Grandad and Great-Grandad who loved every minute of his time serving in the Royal Air Force. He served in Squadron 358 in India and could recalled many happy memories of his time there. On his passing in December 2019 at the great age of 94, we asked that donations rather than flowers be made to the RAF Benevolent fund. He would have been thrilled by this. Miss you every day. Love you forever.
Phil and I married in 1971. After 49 years together and a long illness (Alzheimer’s) he died peacefully as I held his hand. I and his children, Kirsten and Jon and his granddaughters, Bethen and Jessica miss him very much. Phil served in the Royal Air Force for 29 years
Flight Lieutenant John Robert Macneil (service no. O35104), RAAF navigator, arrived in England in December 1958 to commence an exchange posting with 50 Squadron at RAF Upwood. Prior to that his postings had included: ADC to Field Marshal Slim (Governor General of Australia); 6 Squadron RAAF on Canberra bombers; 11 Sqn RAAF on P2V5 Neptunes; and 30 Transport Unit (later 36 Sqn) on the Dakota C-47 at Iwakuni, Japan during the Korean War. In the RAF he was part of a three man Canberra B.2 bomber crew comprising FLTLT Brian McCabe (pilot) and FLGOFF (later FLTLT) Bob Black (observer). On 21 September 1959 the three RAAF officers were posted to 35 Squadron (also a Canberra unit at Upwood) due to the disbanding of 50 Squadron. John continued to serve as a navigator with 35 Sqn until July 1960, when he was posted to RAF Manby to undergo the Specialist Navigation Course. John completed his posting with the RAF and returned to Australia with his family in September 1961. John went on to many other postings, including Chief Navigation Instructor at the RAAF School of Air Navigation; Flight Commander on exchange with the USAF 3536th Navigator Training Squadron in Sacramento; CO of the RAAF Officer Training School; Defence Attache in Malaysia; and OC of RAAF Base Laverton. John retired with the rank of Air Commodore in 1982. He passed away on 19 March 2020 aged 92. [photo shows, left to right: FLTLT Brian McCabe, Mrs Joan Macneil, Mrs Judy McCabe, FLTLT John Macneil, on SS Orion at Naples, December 1958.]
With happy memories of a devoted husband, wonderful father, kind Grandad and “funny” great Grandad. You always regaled us with tales of the comradeship of the time spent with 33 Squadron during WW2, remembered as the “best days of your life” . Rest in peace now and we will always remember you and your RAF stories. Love you forever.
At the height of WWII, Dad left Hampton School and at the early age of 17, convinced the RAF that he was in fact 18. Following initial training in Torquay (which involved of all things jumping off the end of the pier) and advanced training in Canada, he was awarded his 'Wings' at Yorkton a Canadian Prairie Town in 1941. Some of his most memorable exploits included, as a teenager, flying an over-laden Dakota solo without scheduled rest from Vancouver to Scotland via Greenland and Iceland, a journey that took an astonishing 22 hours. He went on to serve with 216 squadron in Cairo (Egypt), Corsica, Italy and France where amongst other things he trained with American Paratroopers. He took part in diversionary raids in preparation for the invasion of Southern France, missions that entailed flying at very low level (200ft) and the dark, something he described as 'tricky'. He later went on to serve in the Middle East, India and Africa. It was whilst in Asmara, Eritrea that he learnt the devastating news that his older brother Dick, who suffered from epilepsy, had died. After the War ended and on his return home, he discovered that his father was seriously ill and so to allay his father's fears for his son, ended his flying career with as he put it 'no regrets'.
On leaving the RAF he went on to join British European Airways, where he was to meet and later marry Shirley McGeorge; they eventually went on to have 3 children; Christopher, Martin and Jane.
Dad will be sorely missed by all of his family including his 4 grandchildren. He passed away in the early hours of 8th December 2019, aged 96, at a care home in his beloved Hampton.
In loving memory of my Dad - Who loved every minute of his time serving in the Royal Air Force. It was part of his family, and he held the service in the highest esteem. On his passing in November 2019 at the age of 100 years 2 and a half months, we asked that donations rather than flowers, be made to the RAF Benevolent Fund. The fund does such excellent work in supporting current and former members of the service, their partners and families.
With us no longer, Dad in is our hearts and memories, you deserve the rest, sleep well, you are much loved, Dad.
In memory of our father, for all that he achieved in his lifetime, serving both the Metropolitan Police and the RAF.
A man of tradition, supportive and kind to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as close friends and acquaintances.
Always will be remembered And always loved. Dad served in the RAF during the second world war, before that he was an air cadet in Nelson Lancs, in the Air Training Corps. After the war he worked for the BCN transport company until he retired.
While in the RAF he served in Egypt,Palestine,Iraq and South Africa, and he made it to nearly 98 years old.
Until we meet again. All our love
From Derek and Karen and all the family and friends.
Marion was born in Northern Ireland and joined the WRAF in 1954 aged 18.She loved her time in the RAF, cooking for senior staff and royal visitors. Marrying Aircraftman Leslie James Murphy (Tex), she became an RAF wife travelling with her family, Avril Rose, Guy Patrick and Stella Astrid to postings in Singapore, Penang, Germany and numerous military camps in the UK until Leslie was demobbed in 1982. After their divorce, Marion lived in The Wirral, taking many holidays - Sometimes visiting old haunts in Belfast, York and Norfolk, until ill health made this impossible and she passed away in November 2019
In loving memory of the late Tommy Hay, a lively and loving father to Graham, Stuart and Mark and fantastic grandfather to Corey, Leo, Bethany, Daniel, Abigail and Jocelyn. Last resided in the seaside town of Nairn in the Highlands of Scotland and formally resident in the central belt of Scotland, Tommy died due to complications with a rare blood disorder called Aplastic anemia in Raigmore hospital. Tommy was a member of the RAF in the late 60’s and after the break up of his marriage he single handedly brought up his three boys. He was able to take his boys on holiday every year, thanks to the RAF Benevolent Fund who he truly appreciated.
May you rest in eternal peace. We love and miss you. Your service in the RAF is respected by all.
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Arthur J Dale. We want you to know we are thinking of you all in these hours of loss and grief. Celebrate your Father's memory with all the moments you shared with him through all his living years. You are both in our prayer's as well as the rest of your family. Dearest Arthur is back home with our heavenly father and with Jesus. Arthur will be missed but never forgotten.