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    RIP Tom Neil

    Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar just posted the below:

    "It is with deep regret that we learn of the death of Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC AFC AE. Though sadly he could never attend the veterans days held at the hangar, he knew and cared deeply for the work carried out by the Spitfire Restoration Company (Biggin Hill) Ltd. A true warrior of this country and of Malta. I personally saw him and spoke to him at the yearly Battle of Britain service at Westminster Abbey when he often escorted the RAF 'Scroll of Honour' in company with serving Officers to the high altar. A true gentleman, a great warrior. We will never forget. RIP."


    Thanks for everything, and RIP.
    Armchair enthusiast, but also a fan of sofas and recliners.

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    How sad RIP Sir I hope you are have a nice catch up with the others. A true hero of our time.
    SMOKE SMOKE GO!
    TA out

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    Indeed a true gent, always came over as a thoroughly decent chap, unless as I suspect you were in front of him, in a continental type during 1940!
    Why be your own worse critic, that's what the forum is for.

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    This is very sad news.
    I was only thinking about Tom on Tuesday during the televised RAF 100 celebrations and looking for him amongst the guests .
    I was very lucky to meet Tom several times over the years and thoroughly recommend his books .

    Rest in Peace

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    I had a vision of Wing Co. Tom Neil sitting at the long table in Valhalla joshing with the likes of Galland, Molders and Wick.

    Thank you for all that you did during those dark but exciting days.

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    So long Sir. A truly grateful nation will never forget you.

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    Blue skies, Tom.
    Daren Cogdon

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    A real hero. RIP
    Man is not lost. Only temporarily uncertain of his position.

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    Sad news, Blue Skies sir. His books are an excellent read too.

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    R.I.P. sir. Tom Neil was such a lovely gentleman. It is heartbreaking news. The Few are getting fewer. I hope that there is an afterlife and that Tom is now raising a glass with fellow pilots like Percy Burton, James Nicholson and Dennis Parnall.

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    Very sad news, I never had the pleasure of meeting him but he always came across so well on TV and media, a proper old school hero. A very full life well lived.

    RIP, and many thanks.

    How few of The Few are still with us?
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    RIP.
    Hero.
    Martin

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    Thank you, Sir, and all your comrades.
    plain old vanilla

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    Very sad. When we unveiled the memorial to J B Nicolson VC at Boscombe Down, Tom Ginger Neil came and unveiled it. He was a 249 Sqn Flt Cdr. This was 1990. He gave his time so freely and was very friendly to yours truly. Met him since on various occasions . Always cheery with a fine smile. In 1998 at the 30th anniversary of the BoBFilm, he gave a true account of the Battle that was compelling. His book Gunbutton to Fire is one of my favourite BoB first hand accounts. Bless you sir, Godspeed and hopes that you, your comrades and dear wife are reunited.

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    There was a fine obituary in the Telegraph today..what a true hero. And a fine author too, all his books are must reads. Like all of the Few he will be sadly missed and proudly remembered.

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    Blue Skies Sir - and Thank You.


    Richard
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    Echoing all of the above, thank you Sir, blue skies...

    regards,
    jack...

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    RIP Sir many thanks for your service for my today.

    Geoff.

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    R I P Brave man and THANK YOU .

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