Wood, Grant

Posted on: January 23rd, 2021 by Chris No Comments

It is with sadness that we belatedly report the passing of Staff Sergeant (Retd) Grant Wood (08 Nov 65 – 13 Oct 20) aged 54. He died in James Cook Hospital after a short illness. Grant served in the AAC from Aug 1982 until Nov 2005. In his 23 years with the Corps, he had many postings including Germany, Wattisham, Cyprus, Topcliffe, and Dishforth. Our thoughts are with his wife Emma, his family, and many friends.

Blythe, Matthew

Posted on: January 23rd, 2021 by Chris No Comments

From Rick Bate

Unfortunately, last weekend we lost another veteran, former Airtpr Matt Blythe. I believe that Matt was at 4 Regt HQ MT around 1999/2000 and was posted to 1 Regt a bit later. RIP

If anyone would like to donate towards Matt’s funeral expenses, please see the following link: https://gofund.me/ec8d0be4

Harrison, Neil

Posted on: January 23rd, 2021 by Chris No Comments

Dear All
I have taken this from Nick Burton’s post on the AACVA Page 🙁
Hi Guys,
Regarding Neil (George) Harrison with a request for admin and funeral info.
Update here.
I have been contacted by George’s family (brother Dave), he informed me as to what happened.
Without going into too much detail on here, I will gently say that on Tuesday night, George drove to Woodbridge, parked in a layby and left a note on his car, he then entered the woods and went to sleep.
A passerby saw the note on the car, read it and then started to look for George, the passerby found George sleeping in the woods
😥

Gould, John

Posted on: January 13th, 2021 by Chris No Comments

From Gordon Stafford

Sgt John Gould Died in flying accident Germany 1971.

Sharpe, Mike

Posted on: January 13th, 2021 by Chris No Comments

From Gordon Stafford

Major Mike Sharpe (Died in flying accident in Malaya 1972)

Campbell, Neil

Posted on: January 12th, 2021 by Chris No Comments

From Phil Bartle

UPDATE on Neil Campbell’s funeral.
Neil’s Service will be held at the crematorium next Fri 15th Jan at 1300hrs in Barrow-in-Furness.
Restrictions means the attendance is limited to 25 people but as Neil had a small family there are spaces to attend if you would like to.
Please PM myself as I’ll be managing the numbers from the Military friends.
Although Neil was only in the army for a short period (3-4 years) he continued to be a proud veteran and always spoke highly of the AAC at every opportunity. If Neil had one regret, it was not remaining in service for a longer period.
His family have asked for an AAC Plaque which I’ll pull together but if anyone has ideas that you’ve seen in the past please PM me. I would like to give his son (16) something he will be proud of when he looks at it.

Pratt, Richard David

Posted on: January 5th, 2021 by Chris No Comments

From RHQ

We have learned that Richard (Dave) David James Pratt (02 Jul 56 – 02 Nov 20) has passed away aged just 64. Dave served from 1979 – 1990.
His posting included 1 AAC Hildesheim, 657 Sqn Oakington, 658 Sqn Netheravon, 9 AAC Detmold, and 655 Sqn Ballykelly. Dave has been described by his many friends as a larger than life character and will be remembered with great fondness.
Our thoughts are with his wife Anne, his family, and his friends.
Please add any comments, or photos you may have on the website so that friends and family get to see these. Please click on their name, if you have any questions, or are having any issues then please let me know.

Cork, Pete

Posted on: September 14th, 2020 by Chris No Comments

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Pete Cork. He passed away peacefully on Saturday, at home, surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer. His wife Elizabeth Liz Cork messaged me yesterday and asked that I inform the Corps Fraternity of this sad news.
I first met Pete when i joined 661 Sqn in Hildesheim fresh off 293 Army Pilot’s Course. He took me out for my first area famil and we became friends. He was one of life’s gentlemen and was always great fun to be around with his lively wit and humour. Always a good sounding board when you needed advice, which as a sprog pilot was pretty often!!
We lost touch when I left the corps in 1990 and subsequently worked together again when we were in bmi regional and Tigerair where he did an outstanding job as the Safety Manager.
I’m sure you will all join me in sending your condolences to Liz and the family at this very difficult time.
Rest easy Pete it was an honour to have known and worked with you.

Bishop, Alan

Posted on: September 14th, 2020 by Chris No Comments

Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Alan ‘Bish’ Bishop on (14 Jul 47 – 07 Sep 20) aged 73. Alan served as
a member of the Royal Signals in Singapore and Lippstadt between 1964 and 1973 before embarking on Pilot training
on APC 231.
He was awarded his wings on 19 Feb 74 and was posted to 655 Squadron, 9 Regt AAC flying the
Westland Scout. Alan converted to Lynx in 1979 and carried out several tours of Northern Ireland during his 7 years with the Regiment.
In 1981, he was posted to Middle Wallop and then Central Flying School at RAF Shawbury for his Qualified Helicopter Instructor (QHI)
training. On returning to Middle Wallop, he was assigned to Aircrewman Training Squadron (ACTS) for just over a year until returning to Detmold as a Lynx simulator instructor.
Alan transferred to the RAF in 1986 as a Puma pilot and instructor, where he undertook tours and detachments with 33 Sqn RAF in Odiham, the Gulf,
Belize and Northern Ireland. Upon retirement in 1997, he indulged in his love of sailing, ultimately sailing around the Caribbean with Eve and continuing to impart knowledge through teaching people to sail. All in all, a life well spent.

Our thoughts are with his wife, Eve, his son Simon and his grandchildren Travis and Lakeisha.

Alan’s funeral will be held on 16 Sept 2020 and will be for a very limited number. The family have asked that no flowers be sent but wished
for any donations that people felt appropriate should be made to the Dorset Air Ambulance.

Kind Regards

Vic

Koldewey, Richard Peter Neil

Posted on: June 18th, 2020 by Chris No Comments

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with regret that we inform you that Major (Retd) Richard Peter Neil (Crusher) Koldewey (24 Feb 44 – 15 Jun 20) passed away peacefully at his home in Virginia, USA.
Richard commissioned into the Royal Tank Regiment on 30 Jul 1965. Having passed P Coy he served as Troop Commander with the RAC Para Sqn before attending Army Pilot Course No 219. On successful completion, he was posted to 664 Avn Sqn, Farnborough as a Scout Pilot. Richard transferred from the RTR to the AAC as a Captain in 1974 and took command of the Sioux Flt with the resident cavalry regiment in Omagh, NI. He was promoted to Major in 1976 and served as a DS in the Jnr Div of Staff College until 79. He went on to command 664 Sqn AAC in Minden before retiring from the Army on 1 Jun 1981. One of his close friends and comrades said, “Richard was one of those rare individuals who was able to get the best out of everyone, and everyone respected him.”
Richard leaves behind his wife Helen, two daughters in the UK and two sons in the USA. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
Kind Regards

Vic