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Lt Cdr Peter Sheppard AFC RN - RIP

Old 11th Feb 2020, 10:19
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Originally Posted by RNHF_PILOT View Post
Yes this is the same Pete Sheppard, he had retired from the Navy in 1985 and worked as a civilian QFI at Roborough until 1992
Thanks R_P, so very, very sad to hear the news. I have often wondered where Pete ended up - and had no idea at all as to his illustrious past until now!!!! Why my interest?

Pete introduced me to flying while I was at Manadon and I did, if I recall, 4 trips with him Nov 87/Jan 88. My over-riding memory was that he considered S & L to be a total waste of good flying (how so very true!). On Trip 2, he even hauled me out of line to fly with him again over flying with a charming 3/O WRNS, answering my face which was clearly showing, unverbalised, the question “Why on earth choose me over her???!” with a simple, straight to the point reply, cast over his shoulder as he strode out the crewroom with me in tow, leaving behind a slightly surprised 3/O ........... “Because I know you like aeros!”.

We always did the boring “engineering” stuff in double-quick time and then set about avoiding S&L at all costs for the remainder of the trips!!!! Not often that a person with probably less than 60 minutes stick time (ever!) - flew a really nice Cuban 8 – even if I say so myself. Even Pete sounded a bit surprised when I asked him if he minded if I converted my second-ever loop into one before I gave it a go. "OK, go ahead then!" was his calm response - tho I'm sure he probably expected the worst as I launched into it!!!! I never did master the pesky barrel roll - tho we did try quite a few times!!!!! I always got spat out at 90 deg to the inbound heading - we never worked out why!

Sadly, I let Pete down big time – I totally failed to capitalise on the pleasures he imparted to me until almost 10 years later – eventually flying as Capt for a small airline until ill health and a string of appalling life-choices intervened. Sorry I let you down Pete – and I still remember those wonderful flights over Dartmoor like they were yesterday - always will.

RIP Sir!

Met but a few times - remembered for ever!
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Old 11th Feb 2020, 18:05
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Peter’s funeral is probably going to be Thu 27 February 2020 at 1020 Barnstaple Crem’ followed by a service at Holsworthy church at 1400 but more to follow...

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Old 12th Feb 2020, 09:01
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Does anyone know where I can find the citation for Pete Sheppard’s Air Force Cross? Can’t seem to find it on London Gazette or some obvious site...
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Old 13th Feb 2020, 18:28
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UPDATE: Pete’s funeral details are as follows;
Thursday 27th February 2020
1020 Barnstaple Crematorium
1300 The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul Holsworthy.
Rig: Standard Funeral attire
Family flowers only donations in lieu to NavyWings.
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Old 13th Feb 2020, 18:31
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Does anyone know where I can find the citation for Pete Sheppard’s Air Force Cross? Can’t seem to find it on London Gazette or some obvious site...
Can’t find the citation but he was awarded the AFC in Queen’s New Year Honours dated 31st December 1977.
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...nt/31/data.pdf




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Old 13th Feb 2020, 19:12
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All AFC citations are hard to find.

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Old 13th Feb 2020, 20:05
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Great - thanks for this.
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Old 14th Feb 2020, 16:12
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Originally Posted by RNHF_PILOT View Post
Can’t find the citation but he was awarded the AFC in Queen’s New Year Honours dated 31st December 1977.
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...nt/31/data.pdf
....where it's interesting to see that there are two Sheppards on the same list, one RN and one RAF, but no known connection.

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Old 20th Feb 2020, 10:36
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Horror movies

I first met Pete in ‘72 when he came up to Leuchars for pre embarkation briefing. I was about to go on board for the very first time. To brighten the prospect for me, he had prepared several movie clips illustrating possible dire consequences from “screwing it up”. All fixed wing favorites such as late line up, low in close, over rotation, off set crossing and landing off centre. Good encouraging stuff delivered with Pete’s bluff good humour.
About three days later, during my first efforts of two rollers and a hook on, I was able to demonstrate to Pete that I had indeed been paying close attention. I was able to closely replicate several of the more interesting scenes from the briefing. Culminating in a final “taxi one wire”. Pete was able to reward me a well deserved “Red” for my first efforts.
I have very fond memories of a very fine pilot and LSO.
RIP
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Old 1st Sep 2020, 21:43
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From Fury 2 to Fury 1,RIP Black Pete and many thanks for the inspiration and confidence that gave me a full career,Without you and Des Penrose I would still be stalking the weeds,instead of an exhillirating career and times of wild fun and hillarity often at the expense of the Crabs!!Des would agree with that and is still up the the wild blue yonder,that we will all join you shortly in that bar up there!!
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Old 3rd May 2021, 19:46
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Pete Sheppard

A long shot but I’ve found a couple of things belonging to Pete that I’d like to reunite with any family? Can someone put me in touch? I tried to upload pictures but apparently I can’t until I’ve made 10 posts? Thanks be no idea how they came to be in my late fathers house as he was RAF though he was as at Brawdy as I believe Pete was as RNAS?
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Old 3rd May 2021, 22:22
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Brawdydodd,

PM me with details and I will be able to put you in touch with the right people.
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