Swan David


Lt Col

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Ladies and Gentlemen

It is with sadness that we have learned Lt Col David William Augustus Swan died peacefully at his home in Bournemouth on 18 Aug 21 (13 Dec 35 – 18 Aug 21). David commissioned into the Royal Artillery from RMAS in 1954 and served variously with 29 Regt RA, 68 Regt RA and 18 Regt RA before qualifying as an Army pilot on APC 158 in 1963, flying the Chipmunk, Auster Mk 9 and the Beaver. He transferred to the Army Air Corps in 1965 and converted to rotary in 1966. His early aviation service embraced the formative years of our Corps with appointments in 8 Flt AAC in Kenya, 653 Sqn AAC in Aden, 6 Flt AAC in Netheravon, command of 669 Sqn AAC in Wildenwrath and then 656 Sqn AAC in Hong Kong. His travels also took him to the United States, where he served as the British Liaison Officer with US AAvn from 81 to 84. David also held a number of Staff posts during his career including that of SO1 Standards at the Army Aviation Centre. His final appointment before retiring from service in 1990 was with the JDSC at Warminster.

Our thoughts are with his wife, Barbara, his family and his many friends and comrades.


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