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Ernie Banfield RIP

Old 6th Jan 2021, 16:18
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Ernie Banfield RIP

It has been reported on another site that Ernie Banfield ex Maritime pilot passed away this morning. Ernie was a Maritime Legend on Shacks and Nimrods. Blue Skies Sir.
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 17:50
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An absolute gentleman who I got to know way back in the 70's firstly as the QFI on my first Nimrod Conversion Course and then over many beers in the Choughs at St. Mawgan. Thanks for the memories.
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 18:17
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A true Gent. Blue Skies Sir.
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 18:23
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He was the Sqn Ldr screen pilot on my first Nimrod OCU. An absolute gentleman with a fantastic sense of humour. A true leader, blue skies, Ernie.
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Old 7th Jan 2021, 08:20
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A lovely man. RIP
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Old 7th Jan 2021, 12:35
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Memories of his length of fag ash dangling off his hand in the circuit, not falling off on his landings... definitely on mine though!

I believe he and John Rudin were the 2 tanker pilots for the Falklands, doing all the trials for the AAR fit and flying most of the trips.

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Old 7th Jan 2021, 13:06
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I first flew with Ernie on 10 Nov 69 when doing a flying refresher course at Manby. Later, I introduced him to Nimrod prodding in May 82 at Kinloss (needed just two flights). I was at A&AEE at the time. Our paths never crossed subsequently but I do remember him as a supremely competent operator and a real gentleman. We also shared the same surname. I am very sorry to learn of his passing.
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Old 7th Jan 2021, 13:28
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An absolute legend, they don't make them like that any more, in fact, even in his day they didn't.
RIP Uncle Ernst.
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Old 10th Jan 2021, 21:54
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Not only Shacks and Nimrods but Junkers Trimotors (possibly where he got the nickname Ernst!) and Meteors too!
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