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Mike Wood - Ex RAF/Air UK/FlyBe

Old 24th Sep 2017, 20:50
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Mike Wood - Ex RAF/Air UK/FlyBe

Unfortunately, I have to let you all know that my Dad passed away last Thursday. He was suffering from a brain tumour which in his true spirit he fought with gusto all the way through. He had excellent care from the Docs and passed away peacefully in his sleep in the RD&E in Exeter.

His career spanned as a Navigator in the RAF on the Canberra and Buccaneer (ejecting from one with Ian McEvoy - Prior to this JuniorWoo being born!) before being retrained to the front seat. 2 tours on Jaguars followed on 20 and 54sqn before retiring to civil aviation.

He spent his next 10 years with Air UK flying F.27, BAe146 and Fokker 100 during which he became NWI base Capt and subsequently the flight safety officer. Boy do I remember some very long evenings producing statistics for him!!

After this is was off to EXT to be the Flight Ops Director at FlyBe, where he returned to flying the 146, though looking through his logbook I could only comment that it must have been for amusement purposes next to his management job! He continued that for many years until my mums ill health prompted a sideways shift.

Family Woo will miss him incredibly, may he rest in peace.

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Old 25th Sep 2017, 11:38
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Very sad to hear another of the good guys gone.Knew Woody well from AirUk days,and ran a tight ship at Norwich,having arrived straight from Colt as I remember.However another Brain Tumour victim,which is getting more and more Ex 146 drivers it seems.RIP and condolences to his Family.
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Old 25th Sep 2017, 18:40
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Saddened and shocked to learn of Mike's passing. I served with him on 54 Sqn at Coltishall in the mid-80's. I'd never made so many ops room boards until he arrived as OC B if my memory serves me right! My sincere condolences. Please pm with funeral arrangements if possible.
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Old 25th Sep 2017, 22:08
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I have just had your PPRuNe announcement about your Dad pointed out to me. Please pass my condolences to your mother and all the family.

Mike and I were on XV Squadron together in the very early days of the Buccaneer in Germany. We were both bachelors, both navigators and, perhaps most importantly, both Scottish! We had a great time together in the officers' mess at Laarbruch and got up to some mischief together.

Your Mum has occasionally kept me updated on Mike's declining health, but despite that I am devastated to read that he is gone. He was one of the very good guys that I knew in my 40-year RAF career.

In my capacity as the secretary of the Buccaneer Aircrew Association, I have taken the liberty of 'spreading the word' to the Bucc Team. I am sure many will want to attend his funeral, so I would be grateful if you could let me know the details by PM or e-mail (your mother will know it) once they are known.

With the greatest sympathy,

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Old 26th Sep 2017, 01:08
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Bugger, another off 20 Gone...

Please pass on my sincere condolences to the family at this trying time.
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Old 26th Sep 2017, 09:11
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Your father and I went through the Canberra OCU together and were posted to 31Sqn at Laarbruch flying PR7s. He was always a pilot at heart and I recall more than one trip in the T4 with just us two on board, where he wriggled past the rhs from the back so he could pole the aircraft around.
We went our separate ways after 31 disbanded and I lost touch.
So sorry to hear the news, please accept my condolences for your loss.
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Old 26th Sep 2017, 15:32
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Knew Mike on Buccs and Air UK. Really sorry to hear of his demise. I have this image in my mind of him standing next to St Peter offering the boiled sweets to new arrivals. (Air UK oldies will know what I'm talking about). RIP Mike
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Old 26th Sep 2017, 18:04
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Knew your Dad from XV at Laarbruch an officer but one of the lads at heart used to play football with him so sorry to hear this.
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Old 26th Sep 2017, 21:24
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Thankyou all for you thoughts.

Flapsin (Bob!) - That sounds so much like my father! Put a real smirk on my face...

FAStoat - Yup, moved straight from Colt before the NWI adventure started...Good memory!

t7a - That brings a lovely image to go to sleep on - Thanks...

CTLHC + Bloggs - As soon as all the details are finalised then I will of course. Looks like it will be in Exeter on the 13th Oct. Will PM when confirmed.

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Old 27th Sep 2017, 09:20
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Hi Jeremy,

There are some lovely messages about your Dad on the Air UK/KLM UK Facebook page that you might like to read.
Here's the link to the page.


Sorry for your loss.

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Old 27th Sep 2017, 13:14
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Hi Jeremy,
It is very sad to read of Mike's untimely death.
He was a trailblazer on the road from nav to pilot in 1979-80. I followed him about one year later and it was inevitable I was compared to him and the very high standard he had set. (...standards I was unable to reach I humbly add). At Cranwell I had the same instructor initially and was often told of his prowess. Indeed at Valley, I think he had won all the available prizes. From the other comments, is it clear he maintained his high standards and popularity among his peers throughout his life.
May he Rest in Peace.
C Mannion

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Old 28th Sep 2017, 16:14
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Many thanks for that memory - And I also know the feeling having followed him not into the RAF but into commercial aviation... Great standards! I think the funniest memory was indeed the Valley award photo's where he did indeed sweep all the prizes. The series of photo's we received of him being given each award showed a dropping face as he was truly upset that he had deprived others on his course of the opportunity. So him!

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Old 28th Sep 2017, 16:31
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Tried to post a link to a few details on FuneralZone, but this profile doesn't allow links to be posted - (I'm too new apparently!)

So if you wish to make your way over to that website, please use the obituary search (Scroll down - approx 2/3rds the way down the page) for Michael Edward (Mike) Wood and my Fathers should appear with a reflected pink rose.

If someone could be kind enough to post a link then that would be great.

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Hope this works.

Jeremy, I have e-mailed the BAA membership in the UK with Mike's funeral arrangements and asked those who plan to attend to let me know so that I can, perhaps, give you some idea of numbers. Regrettably, I cannot make it on the 13th. In the meantime, I thought you might like this memory of your father that was sent to me by one Buccaneer pilot (Frank Waddington) who remembered him affectionately on 16 Sqn at Laarbruch in the 1970s:

One good tale of Mike on 16 Sqn was when some 'big knob' came to fly with us; at the time Mike flew with Gordon McRobbie, one of the Flt Cdrs. In a glass cabinet in the boss's office was a mannequin wearing a RFC mess dress from around 1916 or so, with a stiff collar on top of the uniform. McRobbs got Mike to dress up in this kit and take the place of the mannequin in the glass case. This was duly done and when the senior bod was changing into his aviation playsuit, Mike knocked on the glass and waved gently to the exec who gave a very good representation of a man who had seen his first ghost and nearly passed out!!

Frank also tells me that his youngest son was buddies at Woodbridge School with your brother Craig.


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Old 29th Sep 2017, 19:28
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Jeremy , condolences to you and yours . Never met your dad , but you told some interesting tales about him whilst we were in 734s and a 150 . B4 you took your command .

Brgds dave f .
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Old 29th Sep 2017, 22:08
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Dave Thanks for your thoughts - How could I ever forget the sneak home early and the two of us floating for a morning in your 150...Great times! I do hope you are well.

Bloggs - Classic! Love reading them...

And if you do get any ideas on numbers then if could let my mum know that would be fab.

Many thanks, Jeremy
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Old 3rd Oct 2017, 10:38
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Jeremy, Now in contact with your mother on e-mail and have passed names of attendees direct to her.

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Old 4th Oct 2017, 14:09
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Thanks Bloggs...
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Old 5th Oct 2017, 18:21
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Sorry to hear this JuniorWoo. I was at Bruggen with Mike and he was definitely one of the good guys. Sadly I shall not be able to get to the funeral, but some of the mob from Somerset plan to be there and they'll carry my spirit with them. Condolences to you all.

Yours ay

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Old 9th Oct 2017, 12:40
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Just seen this, rather belatedly. I am very sorry to read of Mike's passing.

Flew with him a number of times on the F27 and 146 and I particularly remember an F27 Guernsey day-stop with him and the cabin crew where we spent a most enjoyable day watching the power-boaters, having lunch and then exploring the underground hospital tunnels.

RIP Mike.
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