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steve gleeson
Deat of Sqn Ldr Duggie Clift
Fri Jan 9, 2009 6:42am
80.4.121.81 (XFF: unknown)

Hi All,

Just received the following email about another of The Few:

Dear Sir, I recently contacted Steve Gleeson to advise him of the death of my old friend Sqn Ldr 'Duggie' Clift. who died on the 31st December, 2008, aged 89. The basic details I have of him are as follows. Born in 1919, Doug joined the RAF in January 1939, and trained at various venues, including Shawbury and Hamble. Of the first year I have no knowledge, but when the Battle of Britain came he was serving on 79 Squadron, flying Hurricanes at Biggin Hill. Later came an extraordinary stint on the CAM-Ships. I believe he did 4 Atlantic crossings with convoys at the height of the U-Boat plague. Later, I have very little information on his doings except I believe he was in North Africa, and spent the final years ofthe War in the Far East, including some time with the RIAF. Doug was not a line shooter, and very seldom talked about his experiences. During the B of B. the Squadron rest and restocking at Pembrey worked its usual magic, and Doug met and married Joyce, a Llanelli girl who has now survived him. After the war, he became a radar specialist, and my wife and I met up with them at Coltishall, where he was quartered.working at Neatishead. We then lost contact until some years later when he turned up in Cyprus, doing something special in Iran. When he retired,I believe in 1971, he and Joyce returned to South Wales and settled, and Joy and I came to Fishguard to do the same. Please let me know if I can be of further help. Yours, John Knight

    • Sad LossMartin Davies, Sat Jan 10 4:54pm
      It is always a shame to hear of the few becoming fewer...unfortunately as time passes this is becoming a more regular event for the surviving aircrew. Do you happen to have Duggie's signature... more
      • Re: Sad LossChris, Mon Jan 12 12:34am
        Martin, you can get his signed photo here http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/RAF-Battle-of-Britain-pilot-CLIFT-signed-photo_W0QQitemZ350150871653QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20090109?IMSfp=TL090109119001r24728
    • Another sad lossSimon Shackleford, Fri Jan 9 3:06pm
      Today I found out that Sqn Ldr Norman Hancock sadly passed away in December 08. I am so glad that I had the privalege of meeting him at Bentley Priory in April 08. Thoughts and prayers go out to his... more
      • Norman HancockMartin Davies, Sat Jan 10 4:56pm
        Was this Norman Edward Hancock of 65 & 152 Squadrons, or Norman Patrick Watkins Hancock of No. 1 Squadron that died recently ? I'd really like to know which one of these gallant men it was. Thanks,... more
        • Norman HancockSimon Shackleford, Sun Jan 11 10:12pm
          Hi Martin, yes, Sqn Ldr Norman Hancock 65 and 152 sqn's during The Battle of Britain (DFC 23.6.44) passed away about two weeks ago. Just found out from Vector Fine Arts, when enquiring about signing... more
          • Norman HancockMartin Davies, Sun Jan 11 11:01pm
            Thanks very much Simon. I may see you there at Bentley Priory on the 8th March. Regards, Martin
            • Bentley PriorySimon Shackleford, Mon Jan 12 3:11pm
              Your welcome Martin, will catch up at Bentley Priory signing.They expect about a dozen veterans to attend - no names or confirmation's at this time - will keep you posted SIMON
        • Re: Norman HancockJohn Larder, Sun Jan 11 10:11am
          W/C Norman Patrick Watkins Hancock OBE, DFC died 23/2/2003.
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