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SQNLDR Lee Jones RAF

Old 18th Jul 2017, 04:41
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SQNLDR Lee Jones RAF

I am trying to locate SQNLDR Lee Jones RAF, who was the original leader of the Yellowjackets and the Red Arrows aero teams. Lee joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 66 and served for a few years as a Vampire QFI at 1AFTS in Perth WA then went back to Europe. I saw him in a video clip some years ago purportedly as the CFI of the Royal Jordanian Air Force Academy but there the trail went cold. Lee would be in his late 70s-early 80s by now and I trust he is still with us. A recent pilot's course reunion in Melbourne sparked my interest to see if anyone could help with his whereabouts.
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 03:58
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I thought Lee went out to OZ as a RAF officer - on loan. He was certainly there with Pete Ryall who was still in RAF uniform and later returned to Rissy. I know Lee flew both Vampires and Macchis with the RAAF. He also flew balloons I think! He was great fun and his own man - may well have worn a yellow jacket but he led the Yellowjacks at Valley before being the first leader of the Reds at Kemble/Rissy. No idea what he did in later years - sorry can't help with that.
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Old 20th Jul 2017, 12:28
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Probably not much use but FWIW Lee instructed for a while at the Oxford Air Training School (now Oxford Air Academy I think).
He had a desk next to me in about 1972/3 after he left the RAF. Quiet but top bloke.
And you’re right about Jordan. He went out there late 1972 to set up the Royal Jordanian Air Force Academy, IIRC with Marcus Edwards.RN of Rothmans, Gemini Pair and Sea Vixen fame.(RIP)………and Bob Thompson too ?
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Old 21st Jul 2017, 02:49
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Hands up who has done the run down the railway line at Pearce with Lee ? You wont forget it if you had. One naughty Instructor he was. BTW he had left the RAF and joined the Ozzies. That was 68.
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Old 22nd Jul 2017, 10:32
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SQNLDR Lee Jones RAF

Lee did join the RAAF as a FLTLT in about late 65/early 66. I was in A FLT with him as a QFI when we were flying Vampires. We had four RAF loan QFIs at the time, SQNLDR Wally Norton, FLTLTs Peter Blockey, Dick Skelley and Tony Pearson, the last two sadly, no longer with us. The other ex-RAF QFI there at the time was FLTLT Terry Gwynn-Jones, who has also gone. I was hoping Lee is still around and someone might know. He was a really likeable character who was a hit with the cadets!
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Old 24th Jul 2017, 01:50
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A few years ago there was a Carol Jones flying for FRA/Cobham at Bournemouth and I had heard it said that she was Lee's daughter. I have lost touch with Carol since she left Bournemouth but you could possibly try to track her down.
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Old 24th Jul 2017, 08:26
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There certainly was a Carol Jones at Cobham. She made the OBE honours list in 2010.

"Miss Carol Jane Cecilia Jones. Head of Flight Operations, Cobham Aviation Services. For services to the Defence Industry. (Oxfordshire)"

Honours List: Order of the British Empire, MBE (A-J) | The Independent
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Old 6th Sep 2017, 11:16
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Hi, I am (one of) Lee's great nephews. I was in JHQ, Rheindahlen 3 years ago and I received a phone call late one night from a gentleman who did not give his name asking if I had found my Great Uncle and assuring me that Lee (or Leo, as he was known in the family) was still alive.


Another source assures me that the remaining old and bold 'Arrows pilots would have heard of Leo's passing had he departed due to the very closed knit aviation community. My family and I bumped into his wife, Billie, in Southampton around 1988, Leo was with her but wandering around elsewhere. 2 words I have recently heard muttered were 'Ringwood' and 'Spain' however I have no evidence to support this other than the rumour mill.


There were 5 Jones brothers (all of them RAF), and if Lee were still alive then he would be the last one. My Grandfather (Phil Jones, Leo's brother) flew Halifax's in WW2 and spent a fair bit of the war in Stalagluft 3 in Sagan - taking part in the death marches at the end of the war. Another of the boys was 'shot to pieces' (as my Grandmother put it) in a Hurricane/Mosquito during the war. As Leo was the youngest, the rest of the brothers used to tell him that he was adopted and had been found on the doorstep...


Apologies for the history lesson, I just think it's interesting!! Leo was too young to join the RAF in WW2, however when he departed for Australia in the late 60's he received a fly past by the Red Arrows as he left.


I am sorry for the lack of information, however I have now stopped looking as some people just don't want to be found.


Best regards
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Old 15th Jun 2019, 00:18
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Originally Posted by butchdingle View Post
Hi, I am (one of) Lee's great nephews. I was in JHQ, Rheindahlen 3 years ago and I received a phone call late one night from a gentleman who did not give his name asking if I had found my Great Uncle and assuring me that Lee (or Leo, as he was known in the family) was still alive.


Another source assures me that the remaining old and bold 'Arrows pilots would have heard of Leo's passing had he departed due to the very closed knit aviation community. My family and I bumped into his wife, Billie, in Southampton around 1988, Leo was with her but wandering around elsewhere. 2 words I have recently heard muttered were 'Ringwood' and 'Spain' however I have no evidence to support this other than the rumour mill.


There were 5 Jones brothers (all of them RAF), and if Lee were still alive then he would be the last one. My Grandfather (Phil Jones, Leo's brother) flew Halifax's in WW2 and spent a fair bit of the war in Stalagluft 3 in Sagan - taking part in the death marches at the end of the war. Another of the boys was 'shot to pieces' (as my Grandmother put it) in a Hurricane/Mosquito during the war. As Leo was the youngest, the rest of the brothers used to tell him that he was adopted and had been found on the doorstep...


Apologies for the history lesson, I just think it's interesting!! Leo was too young to join the RAF in WW2, however when he departed for Australia in the late 60's he received a fly past by the Red Arrows as he left.


I am sorry for the lack of information, however I have now stopped looking as some people just don't want to be found.


Best regards

Hello im the great niece of Leo my grandad Christopher whos no longer with us is the Youngest born in 1931 I honestly dont think Leo is here any more I think hes approx 1926 so defo in his 90s now if still alive last think I knew was he was in Spain in 2010 after that the trail ran cold.

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Old 26th Nov 2019, 14:54
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Originally Posted by LOMCEVAK View Post
A few years ago there was a Carol Jones flying for FRA/Cobham at Bournemouth and I had heard it said that she was Lee's daughter. I have lost touch with Carol since she left Bournemouth but you could possibly try to track her down.
I know Carol. She was one of the flying instructors based at what was RAF Kidlington in 1985 when I was part of that years intake of the Douglas Bader flying Scholarship scheme. The weather was awful!
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