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RIP Flt Andy Skene

Old 5th Apr 2018, 23:02
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RIP Flt Andy Skene

Andy died on Thursday April 5th. He was an instructor on Hercs at Lyneham and served on Shackletons at Lossiemouth.

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Old 6th Apr 2018, 08:19
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Sad News

One of life's characters. A very competent pilot. I think he also did a tour as a QFI.

Will raise a glass tonight.
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Old 6th Apr 2018, 08:58
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Very sad news.. I knew Andy from Shacks (Lossie) as a very competent pair of hands. As is the way, I lost track of him over the years until one evening I bumped into him in the Mess bar at Farnborough and he told me that he was flying for Rolls-Royce - and that included flying their Spitfire..
He was after a pair of Mk 8 goggles and it so happened that I had a pair. He was delighted with them!
He was always good company.. and he'll be missed.
RIP Andy..
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Old 6th Apr 2018, 11:43
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Andy.

Very sad news, I also knew him on AEW Shacks at Lossie and one of the more memorable characters in that large squadron and indeed in the RAF.

We've lost a great guy, but the crewroom in the sky will be reverberating with laughter as he settles in.

My condolences to his family and close friends.
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Old 6th Apr 2018, 12:14
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Sad to hear this. Definitely one of the characters in my junior years at Lyneham on 47 Squadron. A great trainer coupled with lots of entertainment ! Condolences to family and friends.
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Very sad to hear this. I knew Andy in training and met him again at Lossiemouth! Many hours spent supping ale in the scruffs bar! A genuine guy with a great sense of humour!

Fly high and safe my friend! Will raise a large dram to you this evening!
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Old 8th Apr 2018, 21:30
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Anyone know when and where Andy's funeral will be?
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Old 10th Apr 2018, 03:28
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Very sad news. I was on Crew 4 with Andy, I seem to remember that there were a couple of bases that we were banned from because of high spirits; but Andy had nothing to do with that........or maybe.
A great aviator and a great guy, sadly missed.
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 13:08
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Andy’s funeral is at Swindon Crematorium on Thursday May 10 at 3pm. Could you please pm me if you are planning to attend.
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Thanks for posting the details.
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Old 13th Apr 2018, 22:28
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Andy was a bloody hooligan on 30 Sqn when I knew him - fun to fly with and couldn't have frightened me . . . much.

RIP mate and condolences to family and friends.
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Originally Posted by jarats View Post
Andyís funeral is at Swindon Crematorium on Thursday May 10 at 3pm. Could you please pm me if you are planning to attend.
Alan Moffatt here, Iím in Texas but hope to make the funeral
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Al, we would be delighted if you could come. Steve Garvin.
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I will be there Al
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Thanks Al. Thatís great...Steve
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Iím looking forward to meeting all of you my old friends again. Like Rog said itís a shame that it takes a funeral to have a reunion. I mean can you believe itís almost 45 years since I saw most of you. Obviously I know non of us have changed!!
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Andy Skene

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Andy died on Thursday April 5th. He was an instructor on Hercs at Lyneham and served on Shackletons at Lossiemouth.
Hi, my name is Trev Mason. Iím a C-130 crew chief and worked in Oman for 14 years. I flew with Andy. Got some serious stories about him..... Iíve been trying to find out about my former pilots. I would especially like to contact Mike Meldon. One of the finest pilotís and gentleman I ever met.Iím still active occasionally on the 130. Worked for the Yemen Air Force 06-12 and with the Afghan Special Mission Wing for 13 months. Sad to hear Andy has passed. I done a 5 day route with him once. 44 hours flying. Spent most of it in his seat helping the co-pilot whilst Andy was sleeping off his previous nights activities in his hammock down the back.
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Old 11th Aug 2020, 20:41
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Trev,

Might be able to help you with Mike's contact - let me see if I can contact him first and I will get back to you. I also knew him well in SOAF/RAFO but I was on 'Vans & Defs..

Bill
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 21:43
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Voutezac. Not the most tasteful post, to slate a guy for behaviour thirty plus years ago, and two years after his death. If you found it so dangerous, did you report it at the time? Out of interest, there were a lot of us at Andy's funeral, all of whom were remembering him with affection and respect.
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Old 12th Aug 2020, 22:21
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It’s a shame that someone takes it upon themselves to try and damage Andy’s memory now that he has died. As Herod said there were a lot of his former colleagues at his funeral who held him in high regard. Post mortem character assassinations are pointless and spiteful.
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