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Old 17th Apr 2018, 16:02
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Group Captain Bill Taylor OBE RAF Retired

I have just been notified that Bill Taylor has died after a long illness.

Bill joined the RAF as a Halton Apprentice and then took a commission as an engineer.

After leaving the RAF he helped to set up De Havilland Support Ltd at Duxford.

As well as being a highly respected engineer he was also a keen aviation historian and author.

He will be greatly missed.

Condolences to the family.
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 17:45
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Much saddened by Bill’s passing, having first met him in 1972.

Any word on funeral arrangements.

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Old 21st Apr 2018, 20:27
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Bill Taylor

Was he at Henlow in 1970/71?
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Old 21st Apr 2018, 20:49
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No details of Bill's funeral yet.

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I believe Bill went through Henlow about that time period.

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My recollection is that Bill was commissioned in 1973

We first met in 1972 through an interest in the Lincolnshire Aviation Museum at Tattershall, near Coningsby where Bill was serving. We renewed our acquaintance when he came to Cranwell, following his commissioning, to complete his engineering officer training, which would have been in either ‘73 or ‘74.

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Funeral arrangements for Bill Taylor, late CEO of de Havilland Support Ltd at Duxford, are as follows:

1200 noon on Tuesday, 15 May 2018.
South Lincolnshire Crematorium

Gosberton Road
Surfleet
Lincolnshire PE11 4AA

And afterwards at the Fenland Aero Club, Fenland Aerodrome, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 8RQ.

It would be very helpful (but not essential) if anyone planning to attend - Octavian? - could advise via the de Havilland Support Ltd website.
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Taken from the Airfield Research Group website with credit to 'Kevin Aeronca' ;
https://www.airfieldresearchgroup.or...r?limitstart=0

A fine send-off for Bill Taylor at South Lincolnshire Crematorium, Surfleet, near Spalding, today. Almost ‘standing room only’ and speaker after speaker paying tribute to Bill in his roles as an RAF officer, aviation historian & enthusiast, and leading light in DH Support.
The civil celebration of Bill’s life ended with a four-ship flypast over the crematorium by a Tiger Moth (G-AHIZ), two Chipmunks (WB58 and WZ879) and Bulldog (XX630) against a clear, blue sky before mourners re-congregated at Fenland Aerodrome for a buffet lunch.
I had the pleasure of dealings with Bill both in his uniformed role and also as a fellow enthusiast. He was a fine gentleman who will be missed by all who knew him.




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