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Master Pilot Norman Gunnel

Old 14th Oct 2018, 08:39
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Master Pilot Norman Gunnel

Read old post from 5aday enquiringly about Norm.He was my flying instructor at Cranwell and saved me from the chop!!I have been out of UK for 40 years enjoying a successful career in aviation due to Norm.I visited his grave yesterday at St Andrews Church in Cranwell village.He died age 62
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Old 25th Oct 2018, 19:04
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Read old post from 5aday enquiringly about Norm.He was my flying instructor at Cranwell and saved me from the chop!!I have been out of UK for 40 years enjoying a successful career in aviation due to Norm.I visited his grave yesterday at St Andrews Church in Cranwell village.He died age 62
Remember Norman well Diesel. D Sqn at the College of Knowledge. He once went up with Dudley Carvell and came into the crew room and announced that "somebody learned something from that trip and it wasn't Carvell" Maybe that's you? Think not because DC was NEVER for the chop!
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Old 25th Oct 2018, 19:47
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Norm did my FNT at the Towers summer 1968 in a JP4
. Cs was “Zulu 22”. The mouthful nightmare was calling Holme on Spalding Moor for a true bearing. The answer came back from HoSM that our true bearing was 222. In trying to read that back to HoSMM I had Norm in fits of laughter!! (“222 true, Zulu 222”). He gave me a good mark!
Great QFI and man.
Cheers,
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Old 26th Oct 2018, 16:30
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The three Master Pilots that I remember were Norman, 'Dad' Saxby, and '-ve G Jackson' (with a missing upper earlobe reputedly from a brush with a FW190)
Those guys were a legend and awesome to a 19 year old cadet. I walked in their shadow and tried to remember every word or nuance. They were rightly held in far more esteem than their commissioned colleagues. A great shame to die so young having given so much.
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Old 27th Oct 2018, 09:07
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Remember Jacko well. My late and lamented mate Iain A-R was scheduled to fly his final nav test with Jacko at the Towers. A-R pitches up with immaculate chart and flight planning form, to have Jacko promptly take them and give A-R his grubby tea-stained version from deep in a flying suit pocket. "Here", says Jacko, "see how you get on with that" A-R asks why, to the rejoinder (and a grin) "Your father bollocked me for being late on a pay parade in 1948....". AR flies the sortie, and on landing gets a one-line debrief, along the lines of "That was OK", and (ISTR) 98%
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Old 27th Oct 2018, 16:54
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I kept in touch with Norm' for a number of years after he left the RAF. He settled in the West Midlands and worked for the British Tourist Board (or similar). We exchanged Christmas cards but eventually the replies stopped and I assumed the worst. I was quite surprised to find his grave in Cranwell churchyard some years later.

There a great many of us who owe him much.

YS
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