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Did you fly with my Dad?

Old 6th Jul 2014, 19:37
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Did you fly with my Dad?

Did you fly with or know my Dad? Master Navigator John Lennard ( Sometimes known as Len) served from 1946 to 1983. He is now 86 and living in Ripon. Below is a summary of his service

46-48 Flying Training Topcliffe and Swinderby Ansons and Wellingtons
49- 58 Coastal Command St Eval, Kinloss and St Mawgan Lanc ASR, Shack1,11,111s
58-60 Aden 78 Sqn Twin Pioneers
61-68 Beverleys Abingdon, Thorney Island and Seletar
68-70 AEES Topcliffe Varsitys
70-83 Ops type jobs at Wattisham, Finningley, Leeming and Topcliffe

He also attended a refresher course on Dominies at Finningley in 1974 prior to a posting to the British Embassy Saigon. The posting was cancelled!

In the late 1940s he flew counter insurgency bombing missions over Malaya in Lancasters

He survived three crash landings ( a Lanc and two Shacks)

He lead the disbandment flypast of 34 Sqn (Bevs) In Singapore in1967

I will pass on regards from anybody who knew him

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I didn't know him personally but I remember him at Wattisham. Me, a young callow SAC would never have the nerve to speak to someone of that lofty rank unless spoken to first!
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I remember him well, from Ops at Finningley.

I, also a young callow SAC assistant at the time, took a phone call from a very angry Gp Capt Sir Douglas Bader who was fuming that he had been refused permission to fly into the 1976 B of B Open Day. He wanted to arrive at the mid point of the Flying Display. His call came two days before the event

MNav Lennard took over the call and, with me listening in, gave a lesson in the art of diplomacy.

A lesson I learned well.

My regards and best wishes to him.
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Roadsman, check your PMs
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I wonder whether he (or anyone else?) knew my father Noel "steve" Stevens:

"Trained as an Observer in 1940.
Operated in Hampden then Manchester with No 106 Squadron from Conningsby in 1941. Commissioned in April 1942 on completion of tour. Qualified as a Nav Instructor in 1942 then spent rest of war instructing in Southern Rhodesia.

Returned to UK in august 1945 and remustered to Provost Branch with tour in far East (Hong Kong and Japan) as DAPM 1946 1948.

Back to UK in 1948, returned to instructional duties training navigators at Topcliffe and Hullavington."

& was on Lincolns & Shacks thereafter.
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Hi, don't look at this website often so this is a bit late since 2014. However, My name is Barrie Stubbs, and I was a Flight Engineer with your Dad at Seletar right up to the time the Sqdn was disbanded in Dec 1967. My memory is a bit 'Dim' now but I do remember your dad so please pass on my regards and I hope he is still around. As said in Yorkshire 'A GOOD lad!' Regards Barrie Stubbs
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Alas Stubbyy, Master Navigator John Lennard

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