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Wing Commander TF Neill DFC*, AFC RIP

Old 12th Jul 2018, 14:40
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Wing Commander TF Neill DFC*, AFC RIP

Sad news today of the passing of another one of 'The Few'.

For those who don't know, Wg Cdr Tom Neill served on 249 Squadron in the Battle of Britain (as a more junior officer).

He was a prolific author in later life with many fine books detailing his wartime experiences. My signed copy of 'Gun Button to Fire' is one of my most valued possessions. He was an absolute gentleman, with some interesting views about The Hurricane.

RIP sir.
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Old 12th Jul 2018, 16:09
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Really sad news. He will certainly be badly missed. A true gentleman, unfortunately they don't seem to make many like him these days.

RIP Sir. Now you too can fly with the angels.
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Old 12th Jul 2018, 20:33
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Sad Indeed

Agree with all above, very sad the numbers are now diminishing. A true gent from what I saw of him on television.

Top of my head, think he is mentioned in either First Light by Geoffrey Wellum or Fly For Your Life (Bob Stanford- Tuck), but could be wrong.

TN.
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Sad news indeed, met him only a couple of weeks ago, seemed a true gent. RIP, Sir.
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T1 - your post prompted me to check Amazon, and download his book. Did that yesterday and finished it today - couldn't put it down. I'd strongly recommend it; an excellent, realistic insight into a pilot's view of the battle, particularly poignant in the Epilogue of the 2010 reprint.

Just downloaded "The Silver Spitfire", also by Tom Neil.

Unlike some I never had the privilege of meeting him, and to be honest had never heard the name before, but much respect is due.
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Only 4..............

........Replies?. Quite sad that.

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This is a useful place to learn more about Tom Neill.

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Old 16th Jul 2018, 09:10
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Originally Posted by Heidhurtin View Post
T1 - your post prompted me to check Amazon, and download his book. Did that yesterday and finished it today - couldn't put it down. I'd strongly recommend it; an excellent, realistic insight into a pilot's view of the battle, particularly poignant in the Epilogue of the 2010 reprint.

Just downloaded "The Silver Spitfire", also by Tom Neil.

Unlike some I never had the privilege of meeting him, and to be honest had never heard the name before, but much respect is due.
After 'First Light' I'd agree that 'Gun Button To Fire' is the most realistic account of the Battle I've seen in print (from a personal perspective).
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