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John (Jock) McVie

It is with sadness that we report Jock McVie (67A) died peacefully at home on 29th December. 

Jock joined the RAF as an apprentice at Locking and from there went to RAF College Cranwell and graduated as a Senior Under Officer in April 1956.  After No 24 Hunter conversion course at RAF Chivenor, he went to 4 Sqn then 14 Sqn (part of 2 Group, RAF Second Tactical Air Force located at RAF Oldenburg) where in 1959, he was part of the RAF Germany air to air gunnery team.  In the early 60s he was A Flt Cdr on 8 Sqn at RAF Khormaksar, Aden, where he flew the Hawker Hunter in combat.

On 8 July 1963, a local ruler in the Hilyan area reported that he was under siege in Hilyan fort and exchanging fire with hostile tribesmen. A pair of Hunters were dispatched to drop leaflets on the offenders and a “flagwave” was flown early next morning. As these made no impression, pairs of Hunters from 8 and 208 Squadrons carried out cannon strikes on dissident targets during the afternoon. The 8 Squadron pair were flown by Flt Lt McVie (XE620) and Fg Off Bottom (XE654). A second strike was carried out on the 10th by Flt Lts McVie (XE609) and Constable (XG154) as Lt Notley (RN) maintained top cover in an FR.10 (XE614) borrowed from 1417 Flight.

Jock was promoted to Sqn Ldr in January 64 and became OC 8 Sqn in October 1968 in Bahrain.

On leaving the RAF in October 1971, with the rank of Squadron Leader, Jock joined Dan Air and mainly flew the Comet as Captain.  On Dan-Air’s demise, John flew the Boeing 737 with Air Europe based at Gatwick and ended his career as a 737 Captain with Hapag Lloyd based at Hannover.

Photograph: Taxiing out at Bahrain in 1963, XJ684-'L' is outbound for Khormaksar with Jock McVie at the controls.