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RIP Sir Michael Stear

Old 9th Jan 2020, 08:28
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RIP Sir Michael Stear

Just read with sadness the passing of Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael James Douglas Stear KCB CBE DL, RIP Sir.
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Old 9th Jan 2020, 09:02
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Yes very sad. He was AOC of No 18Gp in 1990/1991 and was instrumental in getting the Buccaneers deployed in 3 days to Designate for the Tornados or as General De La Billiere put it at a post war Reception "To save the Tornados Bacon".
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Old 9th Jan 2020, 09:44
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A great character and Buccaneer enthusiast - another sad loss - RIP
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Old 9th Jan 2020, 09:58
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Sad News.
Our Stn Cdr at Gutersloh & a shooting friend of my father's.

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Old 9th Jan 2020, 10:11
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RIP, Sir. My AOC at HQ 11Gp, and a delight to work for.
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Old 9th Jan 2020, 10:33
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Originally Posted by lsh View Post
Sad News.
Our Stn Cdr at Gutersloh & a shooting friend of my father's.

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Out of interest, when was that Si? I left EDUO in Dec 85.

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Old 9th Jan 2020, 11:14
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RIP, Sir; I served under him at EDUO and it was a privilege.


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Sad News.
Our Stn Cdr at Gutersloh & a shooting friend of my father's.

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I always wondered how you got the job!
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Old 9th Jan 2020, 11:23
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Originally Posted by 45-25-25 View Post
Yes very sad. He was AOC of No 18Gp in 1990/1991 and was instrumental in getting the Buccaneers deployed in 3 days to Designate for the Tornados or as General De La Billiere put it at a post war Reception "To save the Tornados Bacon".
How wrong the good General was then.

The Buccaneers were an interim solution awaiting the Tornado/TIALD combination which became, according to the US Theatre HQ, the second most successful bombing platform after the F-117.

Sad loss, RiP Sir.
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Old 9th Jan 2020, 17:33
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My Station Commander at EDUO as well

RIP Sir
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Old 9th Jan 2020, 19:49
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I was briefly formally introduced to then Air-Vice Marshal Stear at 11 Gp, when he was AOC in C, I'd just been posted in and was being shown round when he happened to be standing in his outer office door way. As an SAC, he struck me as rather larger than life albeit a nice chap.

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Old 10th Jan 2020, 09:14
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Remember when he was doing his Wessex famil at EGOS before going to EDUO (why are we all talking code?). Only a famil supposedly but he was a bit good and was sent solo. Walking back in with huge grin he said:

"I suppose I have to put on a solo barrel now?"

"Yessir!" and he did.

Top bloke RIP
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Old 13th Jan 2020, 15:24
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I recall Sir Michael coming to Wyton the morning after the Canberra crash in 1001, that killed Reg McKendrick and the crew with him. The despite being ashen faced, he could not have given more inspired leadership and encouragement to the instant new CO, Mike Feenan and the rest of the execs. As then VP of the RFU took a great interest in one of the pilots who had an passing involvement in the game, Rory Underwood
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Old 18th Jan 2020, 13:51
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Originally Posted by lsh View Post
Sad News.
Our Stn Cdr at Gutersloh & a shooting friend of my father's.

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top Station Commander, sad news indeed
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