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Gainesy RIP

Old 28th Apr 2011, 09:49
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Late to the party, as usual.

So. Farewell

"Yes, Him"
Was your byline.

Your prowess
A chainsaw
Was legendary

Even though
You lived
In Sussex

Now you have gone
To the great
In the sky.

And we are
Planting trees
In your memory.

You would
The irony.
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Old 28th Apr 2011, 09:50
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Old 28th Apr 2011, 10:01
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I don't think I will be able to chop another log without thinking about the man....or should I utter the words "this one's for Gainsey", as I chop.
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Old 28th Apr 2011, 10:02
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Good one, madam singaporegirl!!

Well done to the PPRuNe contingent for representing those of us who couldn't be there. Lovely to see "Mrs. Gainesy" and that legend amongst clergymen, "Steve the Shaman."

RIP, Gainesy ... mate, you are going to be seriously missed hereabouts.
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Old 28th Apr 2011, 10:11
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Loved his comment about no one being forced to live in Luton.
I was at the Crem yesterday, keeping quiet at the back for a change.
Couldn't go to the pub afterwards due to family commitments.
Nice to see a good turnout for a decent guy. He'll be missed.
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Old 28th Apr 2011, 13:06
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Why on earth didn't you say hi to us??????
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Old 28th Apr 2011, 13:09
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Singaporegirl Or should we call you E J Thribb? Excellent!!


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Old 29th Apr 2011, 09:32
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Gainesy RIP

I too, was at the funeral, and echo comments made earlier. I have NEVER heard laughter in a Crematorium before ... that was the measure of the tributes.

The music choice, I discovered talking to Maureen (Mrs Gainsey) afterwards, was concocted by herself and Steve the Shaman.

As a recent and occasional Pruner, I never registered Gainsey's posts but, to quote Grytpype Thynne (of The Goons) : "Let me tell you a tale, Ned lad ..."

Reference was made in Guy Stockhill's eulogy to Gainsey's reluctance to eat breakfast before strapping a fast jet to his backside and taking to the air. I recall a day in April 1988, when I had been invited by Her Majesty's Aerial Huzzars to experience the then-new Mixed Fighter Force concept during exercise 'Elder Forest'. Two Hawks, armed with 'winders (AIM-9s) and 30mm gun pod, would shadow a radar-equipped fighter (a venerable 'toom or shiny new Tornado F.3) into battle, get told off to incoming targets and set loose to wreak what havoc was possible.

Shortly after I arrived at Wattisham, Gainsey turned up, as he was to fly with the other Hawk of the pair. After the usual preliminaries, we suited up, briefed and strapped in; and once airborne met up with our guide - an F-4J(UK) of 74 Squadron [should have been designated Phantom F.3 if protocol had been followed] and proceeded to a CAP over Blakeny Point on the north Norfolk coast.

Once the "bad guys" were picked up (Jags and Buccs), we were assigned our targets and split. There followed an interesting experience of ducking and diving, weaving and jinking, and I lost touch with Gainsey's Hawk. Eventually after about 90 minutes, we returned to base and taxied back to the HAS pan.

A friendly airman opened the canopy, looked in and politely requested me to pass up the bag and he'd dispose of it. "What bag," I thought, then realised what he meant. "Didn't use it," I responded proudly. "Oh," quoth the airman, "Your mate [Gainsey] landed half-an-hour back and he had a full one!" (Or words to that effect!)

So now you know ... his Flight story on the day's events curiously missed out this episode. It only goes to prove that however willing the spirit, the flesh, sometimes, is weak ... and I can see that grin on his face even now!

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Old 30th Apr 2011, 18:41
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Sadly I could be there in spirit only.

But the night before I was at the Menin Gate Ceremony in Wipers and had a think about him then.

Thanks to you all who attended on Pprune's behalf.
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Old 30th Apr 2011, 18:50
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Sorry Wholi, I just didn't feel in a socialising mood.
Just had a quick word with Maureen then scooted off.
I'm still upset at the loss.
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Old 30th Apr 2011, 19:26
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Angels if you want to remember lost friends and relatives the Menin Gate is probably one of the most moving places to do it.
It still feels strange though that the fallen seem to be held in more honour there than the UK
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Old 6th May 2011, 13:53
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Haven't been visiting PPRuNe for ages, just popped in to read the sad news.

RIP Gainesy, I'll remember some discussions we had in the early TRRBATPSPOIT editions (one used to post under a different name in those times).

One shall raise a glass as soon as possible.
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Old 9th May 2011, 17:41
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I had heard from Moz that Mike had passed away but was unable to attend the funeral. I got to know Mike over two weeks (with "Flossy" in tow) on a particularly soggy Exercise based at West Fruegh back in the 80's, Mike wrote up the Exercise in his usual style and made my cockpit-based teddy-bear famous (ish). Subsequently we would meet to socialise in London generally starting at the RAF Club and meandering through Shepheards Market to various exclusive watering-holes.

We spent an interesting afternoon in the "School-Dinners" Club and notably entertained a delegation of Russians at the Flight Chalet at Farnborough serving them large glasses of "Glen Hoddle"!! The highlight for me was another encounter with some Russian Defence bods which resulted in our names being mentioned in Cabinet by Mrs Thatcher - I still recall the telephone call from the Staish at Odiham with a wry-smile.

Mike thought (one of) his greatest triumph(s) was to get a Race-Horse featured on the front cover of Flight, all of this before the fun-detectors arrived and the Defence Editor post became a distibutor of Press releases, rather than going out and finding out what was realy going on.

I suspect we shall not see another with his style of writing and love of Aviation. A good friend with a great sense of humour, RIP Mike.
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