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Old 21st Dec 2018, 20:12
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topgas
 
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Obituary for Sqn Ldr John M'Kenzie-Hall in today's Telegraph here, but behind a pay wall. He was almost a contemporary of Danny, a couple of years younger, trained in the US and posted as a flying instructor to No1 British Flying Training School at Terrell Air Force Base in Texas. He returned to Britain in July 1944, transferred to the Fleet Air Arm, flying Hellcat fighters with 891 Squadron. He was demobilised in 1947, rejoining the RAF a year later as a flying instructor before transferring to helicopters. He flew with 194 Squadron in Malaya, managing 16 flights in 7 hours in August 1954. He was conducting trials in Cyprus in 1956 when instructed to prepare to fly on to aircraft carriers. He flew the first wave of Royal Marines in the Suez invasion. The following year he set up the helicopter section of the Queen's Flight and commanded it for the next seven years. I'm sure he would have had some interesting stories.
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