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aytoo 20th Aug 2006 22:55

Tony Dean - RIP
Guys; I have been informed by his son Alan, that Tony Dean (ex-AAC QHI) is missing in the gulf area, where he was employed on contract as a QHI. His Lynx Mk8 went in on Friday morning (18 Aug 06), with 4 on board. Thus far they have recovered his helmet and psp, but no positive ID on the only body recovered so far. The authorities there have downgraded the operation from SAR to recovery. More when available. Meanwhile 07966-428646 will get me for any updates.

AHQHI656SQN 21st Aug 2006 08:39

Any more news about Tony?

fone_effect 21st Aug 2006 11:59

No more news as yet. But have been in touch with an old mucker out there and will update with anything further.

My thoughts are with his family at this worrying time.

Hoveronly 21st Aug 2006 12:18

Tony and crew
Hope and pray this turns out well. One of the good guys!

diginagain 21st Aug 2006 16:18

This is sad news. Tony and I were on the same APC. One of lifes characters, I hope and pray for a successful resolution to this.

As others have said, our thoughts and prayers are with the families and colleagues of those involved.

timex 21st Aug 2006 17:41

Sympathies with the family.

Digginagain....you have pm.

aytoo 22nd Aug 2006 02:59

Nothing further to report of a concrete nature, but here is a link to what is available on the net:


Excalaba 22nd Aug 2006 10:39

sad - sad - News Indeed. Tony or AA Dean as he was effectionaly known (Antony Arthur). A Sapper through & through - had the pleasure of serving with him in Soest - Hildesheim - and NI - Not to mention the imfamous "Battle of Box Hill" in GW1. Take care Mate:

Ď Farewell my Friendsí

It was beautiful, as long as it lasted, the journey of my life.

I have no regrets whatsoever
Save the pain Iíll leave behind.
Those dear hearts, who love and care,
And the strings pulling at the heart and soulÖ.

The strong-arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life I came across good friends.
Friends who stood by me even when the time raced by.

Farewell, farewell my friends, I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.

If you feel sad do think of me, for thatís what I like.
When you live in the hearts of those you love
Remember then, you never die.

aytoo 23rd Aug 2006 17:02

I have just got off the phone from talking with Theresa. There is no good news at all. The operation to recover whatever can be recovered continues to be hampered by atrocious weather in the gulf. It is accepted that there is no hope now of recovering survivors from the crash. There has been a further body recovered, with 2 still not accounted for. There is no positive ID yet on either of the bodies.

Guys, please post very sensitively from this point forward (not that you haven't, or wouldn't, of course). Theresa has a link now to the thread and will be reading your messages of sympathy and your recollections of Tony. A fine aviator, a great character, and one that I am proud to call a friend. He will be sorely missed.

RIP Anthony Arfur

Excalaba 24th Aug 2006 00:04

Aytoo - Thanks for keeping all informed -

Fortyodd2 24th Aug 2006 11:15

Very sad news indeed. I first met Tony at Wallop as he was a couple of courses ahead of me. A check of the logbook shows that I last flew with him in November 1990. He was over in NI on a surge tour. Halfway through a busy day in the "Yellows and Greens" we get a call for Tony to phone Ballykelly. This was to give him the news that he was recalled to Hildesheim in order to go to GW1. He spent the rest of the day wondering just how to tell Theresa. No doubt he will be sorely missed by family and friends alike. Have already raised a glass, Rest in peace AA.

Colonal Mustard 24th Aug 2006 11:27

My Deepest condolonces to the family.


yme 24th Aug 2006 17:10

:( Sad news, Tony was a good friend fine aviator and all round good egg and will be missed by many. My early flying career would not have been half as much fun without the big lad. Raised a glass for him last night and will again and again and again. Cheers mate.
Our sympathies go out to Theresa, Alan and all his family.
Regards John Margaret and David.

Samson1 25th Aug 2006 08:24

We have just found out the very sad news and find it hard to believe. Theresa, Alan and all Tony's family, our thoughts are with you.
Deepest sympathy and love from Marion, Anthony and the boys

aytoo 26th Aug 2006 20:00

Latest update, released officially to Theresa tonight at 1930 UK time. The first body found has been confirmed 100% as being that of Tony. It is the worst of news, but in the circumstances the best of outcomes for the family. At least now Theresa, Alan and the rest of the family can draw a line and pick up their lives at some point in the future.

It is a measure of the compassion that Theresa shows for others that her heart is breaking not just for Tony, but for the families of those who can but sit and wait for news of discovery and identification - for them the wait goes on.

Theresa is drawing great strength from the wishes that she has seen already expressed on this thread, and also on the http://www.contact.armyaviation.co.uk/ thread. Now that the terrible wait is over, please feel free to leave your thoughts on this thread. I note that there have been 3700+ hits, but (understandably, given the uncertain circumstances) not many replies. If you can leave some information that would identify you to Theresa, as some have already managed to do without compromising their handles, she would be very grateful.

At the moment the plan is to repatriate Tony through Heathrow, probably on Tuesday morning. Just as soon as final arrangements are made the time, place and form of events will be posted here. Thanks for your support for Theresa in this unbearably tragic time.

Two's in 27th Aug 2006 00:38

Never served with him directly other than in GW1, but whenever our paths crossed, I was always impressed with his professionalism and genuine desire to help those around him. Top guy, and a sad loss to all.

Larry Sivyour 28th Aug 2006 11:51

larry sivyour
We are so very sorry to hear of the sad loss of Tony. We met Tony whilst I was working in Middle Wallop and then again in Oman on Super Lynx. We spent last Christmas day with Tony and Theresa, also Danny and family at the Oasis club in Salalah. He was a fantastic guy and a privilage to have known him and to have such good memories. Our thoughts are with you Theresa, please feel free to contact us if you wish.

All our love,

Larry and Michelle

[email protected] 28th Aug 2006 14:04

Very sad news, I worked with Tone a lot at Wallop. My deepest condolences to Theresa - Tony was a great chap to fly and to drink with.

Sensible Garage 28th Aug 2006 17:55

sincere condolances to all invoved

mutleyfour 28th Aug 2006 18:12

So So Sory to hear the news.

A gentle giant whom seemed so happy with life. Always smiling, eloquent and friendly. Tony inspired many trainee pilots throughout the years, many of whom spoke fondly about him to me.

Whilst I never actually flew with you Tony, you were always a reliable and true friend.

Regards old chap


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