Flight Lieutenant Colin Barnfather 1959 – 2013
South and East Midlands Wing are sad to announce the death of Flight Lieutenant Colin Barnfather. Colin died in an accident whilst on a private walking holiday in Scotland.
Colin began his long and valued service with the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) as a Civilian Instructor in July 1981 at 126 (City of Derby) Squadron. Apart from a short spell commanding 348 (Ilkeston) Squadron, he remained at 126 Squadron for his entire service being granted a Commission in the Training Branch of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in September 1993 and was subsequently promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant in 2002.
As one of the longer serving members of the Squadron, Colin was part of the team that oversaw a whole host of Wing, Regional and Corps successes and achievements not least of which was the winning of two Morris trophies. He was also part of the Wing team on their overseas expedition to the Pyrenees in August of this year.
In addition to his unit activities his keen interest in Aircraft Recognition led to him running the Wing competition at the annual Field Day and he mirrored this by taking on the role of Corps Aircraft Recognition Competition Officer for Headquarters Air Cadets.
In his civilian role, Colin was Chief Design Engineer for Aero Engine Controls, part of the Rolls -Royce group where he had been for 36 years.
Colin’s dry wit and infectious laugh will be sadly missed at 126 Squadron, within the Wing and across the wider Corps. I am sure the thoughts of us all are with his family.