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Old 11th May 2017, 08:33   #1 (permalink)
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Tim Webb RIP

It is with great regret that I pass on the news Tim died at the weekend. Sally asked that friends are informed. The funeral will be at Basingstoke Crematorium (postcode RG25 2BA) on Friday 19 May at 3.30pm
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Old 11th May 2017, 08:57   #2 (permalink)
 
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Sad to hear that. Tim was definitely one of the nicer staff guys at Brawdy both during my TWU course 40+ years ago and later when I held there with Standards Squadron in the Summer of '76 after 45/58 had folded. He took me flying in the Meteor 7 one morning, then in the afternoon in a Hunter 7 - both trips with that easy going sense of humour which would put any student at ease.

I bumped into him again at Valley during a Hawk refresher some 4 years later when he was a Wg Cdr (CFI?).

A really nice chap who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

RIP.
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Old 11th May 2017, 09:06   #3 (permalink)
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Tim was born in South Africa in April 1942. He joined the RAF in October 1960 with IOT at South Cerney. He did his flying training at Tern Hill and Acklington and advanced flying training at Oakington and Swinderby, getting his wings in 1962 on the Meteor.

After Hunter conversion at Chivenor, he was posted to 208 Squadron in the Middle East. Then followed a QFI tour at Acklington on Jet Provosts. Further Hunter tours followed at Chivenor on 234 Squadron and Wittering on 45/58 Squadron and the TWU at Brawdy.

Staff College was followed by a staff tour in Ramstein, then Valley on the Hawk.

Tim was promoted to group captain and was Deputy Director of Tactical Training in MoD, and the Station Commander for the Hawk TWU.

After a tour in PMC he retired on PVR in 1992.

He was highly active in the Hunter Association and the 208 Association.

He will be sorely missed.
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I met Tim while I was at Stornaway, either 81 or 82. He had rung from Valley to ask if he could bring a Hawk up and allow a student to practise his routine for an upcoming display - we had the only decent wx that day!

He stayed in the tower chatting to me while young Bloggs perfected his routine; he came across as a really nice guy. A few days later I received a very nice note from him thanking me for helping out.

In 1990 he was Staish at Brawdy when No1 son was on TWU, in fact they flew as a pair on one or two exercises.

Sad news, RIP Tim.

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Very sad news - I served with Tim on 234, and instructed both Tim and Wholigan on their PAI Course in 1972 with 79. Many happy memories of a fine aviator with a fierce loyalty to his squadron, the Hunter and the RAF in general.
Way too soon to be taken.
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Strapped him in many a time on 45/58, a true gent with no airs and graces when it came to the ground crew. RIP.
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I did recall him when I went through Brawdy in the 70s. Taken quite young. RIP Tim.
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Old 11th May 2017, 14:11   #8 (permalink)
 
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Here's Tim at Valley (from 21:45) when he was CFI:

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Old 11th May 2017, 15:28   #9 (permalink)
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X767 -- from a process of elimination I guess that's probably Chris then.


And Beags thanks for that mate. Took me back a bit.
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Being a mere erk on VASS at Brawdy it was my great pleasure to fly with Tim in both Clementine, the JP's & possibly the visiting Chipmunks on a number of occasions, a true gent with no airs or graces that I could detect, I sincerely hope he's up there enjoying a beer with Puddy. Great times never to be forgotten. RIP Sir.
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In 1982 after landing from a chop-ride at Valley he said to me " there's hope.....keep working at it". I continued to work my bolleaux off and survived a successful career in the FJ force. I have never forgotten his words.......and now regularly apply the same criteria that he applied to me. RIP.....a role model who will not be forgotten.
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Tim Webb

I am slightly confused. I knew Tim at Valley (I seem to remember) in the Gnat/Hunter years in late 60s/ early 70s. I left Valley before the 'Ork arrived. Was he on the Hunter squadron?
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Old 11th May 2017, 20:32   #13 (permalink)
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I believe so yes.
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Old 11th May 2017, 20:41   #14 (permalink)
 
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Tim Webb

I seem to recall a Wholigan as well (I forget which course, there were so many). I remember Tim as typical yarpie; straight as a die, thoroughly nice guy.
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Back in the mid-'70s at Brawdy, Tim once had to take a VVSO flying - who was also a yarpie. I think it was AVM Lagesen?

This was many years before the end of apartheid (in South Africa). But the ground crew knew of Tim's fine sense of humour, so as he and the AVM settled themselves into the seats, simultaneously up the ladders on each side of the aeroplane appeared the grinning faces of probably the only two black FLMs on the station, who completed the strapping-in process. Needless to say, they all had a good laugh about it - and the lads both enjoyed the beers with which their chums had bribed them!

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Tim Webb RIP

I remember Gp Capt Lagesen (sorry, Beags, spelling) as Staish at Tengah. When I went into his office for a bollocking there was an almighty crack from his sjambok. Luckily,it was all for show.
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Anyone know why all I seem to get these days instead of a picture is a square with a no-entry sign in the corner - just asking
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In the run up to the first Gulf War, one was a Barnwood deskie; creating the chaos many will remember .

Many people were grabbed at very short notice for sensitive and (TBH) pretty unclear, open ended detachments. Reactions of Staishes varied from the appalling:

"I'm not letting anyone go until I know what they're doing and when they'll be back!" (Staff answer: "Would you prefer to talk to my 2-star or my 3-star.... Sir .... but they're quite busy right now")

OR

"I don't think the wives will like the idea of an open-ended detachment" (see previous response.)

[sadly both genuine]

To the superb response from a certain Staish at Brawdy:

"Take who you want when you want; you probably can't tell me what they'll be doing, but I don't want to know....... And any vacancies for a current FJ Yarpie pilot?"

Absolute Top Bloke

RIP Sir.
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One of the best from my Brawdy memories! RIP Tim.

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