Bannard, Mick

Posted on: October 8th, 2021 by Chris No Comments

I have had it confirmed by his ex-wife Tina, that Sgt Mick Bannard ex AAC clerk has passed away.
We were both on our senior cadre back in 1988, and served together at 9 Regt AAC in Dishforth.
Rest in peace Mick.

Horn, Gerry

Posted on: October 8th, 2021 by Chris No Comments

Gerry Horn passed away on 23rd Sept 2021

Bell, Ross David

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

Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the death of Airtpr (Retd) Ross David Bell (9 Feb 60 – 29 Sep 21) following a short illness. Ross joined the AAC in 1976 and served through to 1984 with postings to 657 Sqn AAC when it was based in near Cambridge and included a detachment to Belize, 12 Flight AAC when it was based in Wildenwrath, Germany in support of HQ BAOR and with 654 Sqn/4 Regt AAC in Detmold, which also took him to Canada for a detachment with the BATUS Flt. Our thoughts are with his family; his mother, his wife Loise, son Douglas and brother Alex.
The funeral will take place at 1pm, 11th October 2021 at Aberdeen Crematorium (east Chapel), Hazelhead, Aberdeen AB15 8PT.

David, Swan

Posted on: August 19th, 2021 by Chris No Comments

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.

Valler, David

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

It is with great sadness that Hawkeye has learned of the passing of Major (Retd) David Valler (16 Mar 34 – 4 Aug 21) following a period of illness. David will be known to many of us as an experienced soldier and a forthright, wise, and knowledgeable Officer who was a source of advice and guidance within our Corps as it grew to maturity. Following a period of National Service in 1954, David enlisted for Regular service with the Royal Tank Regiment in 1958 and moved with the Regiment to Germany. When 5 RTR disbanded in the late 1960s he transferred to the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, serving in Germany, UK, and Sharjah. In the early 1970s, he was seconded to the Army Air Corps for service with 1 Div Aviation Regiment, based in Verden He subsequently transferred to the Army Air Corps as a Groundcrewman and by 1975 he was the RQMS of 3 Regiment AAC, which at that time was based in Netheravon. Shortly after that, he was appointed as the RSM of 7 Regiment AAC, which was also based at Netheravon.

A year later, in 1977 he was commissioned as a Captain and went on to serve in a variety of posts in the Army Air Corps including Quartermaster in 9 Regt AAC in Detmold until it was withdrawn from service in 1984, when he transferred to 4 Regiment, also in Detmold. In 1985 he returned to UK as QM for the AAC Depot Regiment in Middle Wallop before taking up the prestigious appointment as Staff Quartermaster for the Army Air Corps in the Directorate, where his experience and knowledge was put to good use at a time when the AAC was growing in stature. He retired from Regular service as a Major in 1989 but continued to serve our Corps as a Retired Officer in the Directorate and subsequently as a key figure in Aviation Branch Land in Netheravon. He took well-earned retirement in 1999.

Our thoughts are with his wife Diana, their children; Colin, Philip and Hilary and grandchildren; Lewis, Maisie, Lucy & Holly (twins), Jarod and Ruby.

The funeral for Major (QM) (Retd) David Valler will be at Salisbury Crematorium, Tuesday 31 August at 14.00 and afterwards at the Milford Hall Hotel, Salisbury. Please inform RHQ AAC if you intend to attend so that we may keep the family informed

Casey, Patrick

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

“He was an absolutely wonderful son and brother, our rock, like a best friend” 💔
The devastated family of a motorcyclist who tragically died following a fatal collision have today paid tribute to him.
And for the first time we are now able to confirm that he was serving police officer with North Yorkshire Police 💙
On Sunday 18 July, Patrick Casey, 29, was involved in a collision on the B1222 between Sherburn in Elmet and Cawood.
Emergency services attended but Patrick was sadly pronounced dead at the scene and an investigation was launched.
Patrick, who lived in Hull, leaves behind his devoted parents, his cherished brother, sister and nephew, many close friends, loved ones and colleagues from both his time with the police and his former role within the Army Air Corp.

His family have today paid tribute to him:
“Pat was an absolutely wonderful son and brother. The middle child of three, he was our rock, like a best friend.
“We were, and always will be, incredibly proud of him.
“Unfortunately, Pat passed away whilst doing one of his life’s greatest loves, riding his motorbike – something he loved to do whenever he got a spare moment.
“As well as his motorbike, the other things in life that made Pat happy were his family, friends and watching his favourite rugby team Hull Kingston Rovers.
“He had just started out his career in policing having joined North Yorkshire Police in September 2020, after 10 years with the army.
“He spoke regularly about what he had achieved that day, and according to his colleagues, he was incredibly passionate about helping people, especially the vulnerable.
“He was absolutely buzzing when he was passed to go out on his own.
“He loved working with the team at Scarborough and also kept in touch with the other officers he’d trained with.
“We didn’t know how he found the time to squeeze everything in, he just did.
“That’s what Pat was like in life – there for so many all of the time, a true friend to all.
“Since losing him, we have been absolutely heartbroken and lost without him. He’s left behind a huge hole in our hearts that can never be filled.
“But we have been overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received from family and friends of both ours and Pats. We know he will be missed by so many.
“We can 100% say that heaven has prematurely gained the brightest of new stars.
“Rest in peace Tricky.”

This was a tragic incident which has taken the life of a motorcyclist and our thoughts are with his loved ones at this incredibly sad time.
Our investigation remains ongoing as we work to establish the circumstances leading up to the collision.

If you have any information or dash-cam footage that you think could help our investigation, and we haven’t yet spoken to you, please email from the Major Collision Investigation team or call 101 quoting reference number 12210162540.

RIP Pat.

Minto, Peter Fredrick

Posted on: August 11th, 2021 by Chris No Comments

From Jonah Crook

Hello all. It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the passing away today of my beloved friend of 46 years Fred Minto. Fred has been ill for quite a few months but is now at peace. A well-loved man who will be sadly missed by his many friends both still serving and retired. His wife Linda is being supported by her loving family and I will post any further news here when I get it. Sleep well Fred X.

Andrews AFM, Lance

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

It is with sadness that Hawkeye has learned on the death of WO1 (Retd) Lance Robert Moore Andrews AFM (4 Feb 44 – 4 Jul 21) aged 77. Lance enlisted for service with the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars on 5 Sep 60. At Regimental Duty he served with QRIH in UK, Aden, Malaya, Singapore, Borneo and BAOR between 1960 and Oct 1965. He then attended Army Pilot Course 187 at Middle Wallop, graduating in Dec 69 and converting to Scout in Feb 70. There followed tours of duty with 658 Squadron in Minden. 651 Squadron in Verden and 663 Squadron in Netheravon, with two detached tours to Northern Ireland. He attended the Central Flying School in Mar 77 and graduated as a QHI in July that year. A two year tour as an instructor at Middle Wallop was followed two years with 655 Squadron taking in Long Kesh, Topcliffe and Omagh. In 1982 he joined D&T Squadron at Middle Wallop before moving to his last posting in 1986 with 666 Sqn AAC(V) at Netheravon. He retired from Regular Service in 1986 and from the TA in Feb 99. Our thoughts are with his wife Yvonne, his family and his many friends and comrades.

Jackson, David

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

It is with great sadness that we have learned that In Pensioner Sergeant David Arthur Vincent Jackson (9 Oct 37 – 3 Jul 21) has passed away aged 84 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea following a period of illness. David will be known to many of us in the Corps as the jovial, scarlet coated Chelsea Pensioner who attended many of our events. He was also a genial host and guide for AAC visitors to the Royal Hospital Chelsea over many years.

David enlisted as a Boy Soldier with the Royal Armoured Corps at Bovington in Dec 52. He served at Regimental Duty in Malaya, Bovington and Northern Ireland between Feb 56 and Nov 58 before a tour at the Army Apprentice School in Harrogate. On completion of his time in Harrogate in Oct 61 David attended the Army Pilot Course, graduating in Dec 62. That was followed by an immediate deployment to Aden in Dec 62 to join 653 Sqn/15 Flt AAC. That tour was completed in Dec 65, with a CinC Commendation for his service in theatre. David returned to Middle Wallop in Feb 65 and joined 130 Flt AAC in preparation for a short tour 14/20H Air Troop in Libya and then a tour with 21 Flt AAC in Cyprus. He re-joined 130 Flt AAC at Middle Wallop in May 66 before retiring form service in Oct that year.

Our thoughts are with his daughter, Naomi, his family and the many friends that he made during his service with the Corps and during his time at the Royal Hospital.

Hart, Mark

Posted on: June 19th, 2021 by Chris No Comments