It is my very sad duty to report that Les Bywaters - forum member LesB - passed away in hospital last night with his family around him.
Les played his own small part in defending us all against the threat from the Soviets during the cold war as ground crew in RAF Germany - with 3(F) Squadron and their Canberras, and also with 51 Squadron.
It was the Canberra that he returned to in recent years, building up the single best website on the subject - www.bywat.co.uk - and really getting back into aviation in a big way. Sadly he was not quite so mobile in the last couple of years so didn't make it to as many airshows as he'd have liked.
The funeral will be at the Markeaton Crematorium in Derby (post code DE22 4NH for the satnavs), on 27th January at 14:00. The family have requested no flowers. Les was a keen supporter of the RNLI so rather than flowers if you'd like to make a donation to them - direct or via his family at the funeral - Les would no doubt have been pleased.
Blue skies mate - you'll be missed.
Les was known by many in the RAF and throughout the aviation world.
God bless Less. R.I.P.