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Master Engineer David Drinkwater RIP

Old 15th Dec 2018, 17:16
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Master Engineer David Drinkwater RIP

It is with some sadness I must report the passing away of my friend Dave Drinkwater early this morning 15th December.

First met Dave on Hercules, then 6FTS Applied Flight flying the Dominie. He also had a tour on the Belfast and flew the Lancaster with BBMF.

Dave left the RAF and worked for Heavylift as a Tech Instructor and Air 2 Bob as Safety Manager (IIRC) before retirement.

He had been ill for a long time and gradually faded to pass away peacefully in his sleep early this morning.

I shall be acting as a point of contact for the funeral which will be around the Howden area at a time and day to be notified.

His daughter Sally is happy for any/all of those who wish to attend to do so.

I will post here when I have some more information.
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Old 15th Dec 2018, 19:12
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Took over the Flight Safety job from Dave when he left Finningley, a nice all round guy and a sad loss.
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Old 16th Dec 2018, 06:07
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I was with Dave on 88/14 Sqdn at Wildenrath 1962 ish. Really nice chap, I contacted him through the Halton site, he was in the 86th Entry, a few years ago but lost contact. Sad news indeed.
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Old 16th Dec 2018, 08:06
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Yep, Dave also had a turn on BRIXMIS but even 'now' was a bit tight-lipped over what they got up to . . . A gentle man and a gentleman. Sadly when I last visited - some months ago, Dave had already left . . . . the cruelty of dementia in all its forms.
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Old 16th Dec 2018, 10:44
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I am so sorry to hear this news. Dave served with my father on 88Sqdn, 1962, and
I briefly worked with him at Air Atlantique. As Brian says, he was a real gentleman
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Old 16th Dec 2018, 16:05
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Sadly missed from our Lunchtime Reunion Group. A privilege to have met and known him, he was long gone from the Air Eng Branch when I joined it. I enjoyed his tales of old..

RIP Dave.
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Old 17th Dec 2018, 16:55
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Dave’s funeral will take place on 3rd January 2019 at 0940L at Rose Hill Crematorium, Ascot Ave, Cantley, Doncaster DN4 6HE. The location is between Doncaster on the way to Finningley (and is not too far from the Racecourse).

There will be a gathering afterwards, probably in the Earl of Doncaster, further information tbn.

Sally (David's daughter) is asking for numbers that intend to be there, would you mind letting me know if you are going to attend and whether you’re coming to the funeral and/or the gathering afterwards.
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Old 18th Dec 2018, 08:18
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David was the finest Tech Instructor I met on the Belfast over my 22 years flying her. He was our CGI and had the responsibility of explaining the obtuse peculiarities of the Belfast's workings, in detail. During those days the CAA Tech Exam was directly cribbed from the RAF one and we know how those used to go!
Hey Ho and we aquired the A300B2.... not a problem and he was soon teaching the workings of that to all our new crews with his typical understated elegance.
A true gentleman, he will be missed by many.
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Old 20th Dec 2018, 19:47
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The term "gentleman" is the first word by way of description when I thought about Dave D.

Having spent some time in the company of the green growbag population Dave stood out as one of the few who was a consummate crew member, instructor and all round good egg.

I only knew him from the Dominie and much later from the YDC group meeting socially in recent years and it was a sad occasion when he could no longer join us.

My condolences to Sally and family and I intend to be at the final chocks away on 3rd January.

Thanks to Brian for keeping us info'd throughout the recent months.
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