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    I was in Rottingdean churchyard today, and happened to notice a headstone commemorating this man. He was killed aged 34 in a flying accident on 1st February 1955 in Cyprus. I've Googled around and have found him commissioned P/O (149969) in July 1943, a member of 102 Sqdn, and gazetted DFC in November that year; I also discovered that while converting to the type he was the pilot of a Halifax which swung off the runway at Pocklngton that summer.

    However, I haven't found anything else relating to his service, or to the circumstances of his death, and I'd be interested to know more if anyone has anything? No reason other than a feeling that people's deeds ought to live on, etc.

    Cheers, Pat.

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    Pat, Hi

    Sydney Walter Templar
    b. Q1 1921 (Reg Romford 4a 1008) [MMS Stevens]
    1 Nov 1940 Enlisted RAFVR 133078 (Block 1330001-1340000)
    20 Jul 1943 1330718 Sgt Sidney Walter TEMPLAR Cmd (149969) Plt Off RAFVR GD Branch.
    m. Q2 1943 m Brenda Palmer (Reg Howden 9d 35)
    16 Nov 1943 Award DFC Pilot Officer Sidney Walter TEMPLAR (149969), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 102 Squadron.
    20 Jan 1944 Prom Fg Off.
    20 Jul 1945 Prom Flt Lt
    29 Apr 1953 PC.
    d. 1955 Nicosia (GRO Reg (30)1).

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    Hello,

    149969 F/L Sidney Walter TEMPLAR DFC RAF, was killed when RAF Nicosia Instrument Training Flight Meteor T.7 WF849, stalled on take-off and dived into ground, 2m N of RAF Nicosia, Cyprus, on 1 February, 1955. Templar is buried in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery, Nicosia, Cyprus. Section 15, Row B, Grave 7. Sidney Walter Templar was born on 3 December, 1920.

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    2-11-1942
    No.102 Conversion Flt.
    Halifax I L9565
    Training.

    Swung and undercarriage collapsed on landing, Pocklington.

    1330718 Sgt (Pilot) Sidney Walter TEMPLAR RAFVR

    Pilot and crew uninjured.

    Col.
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    Many thanks, gents. I feel that people who have done notable things (and inter alia surely a 1943 DFC counts as that) deserve to be remembered, if that only means finding out a bit about them. Can't rationalise this particularly effectively, but I do genuinely believe it.

    Cheers, Pat

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    Pat/Col,
    And as an "Oh, by the way"!!!
    I think I'm right that in the mid-50s the GD Pilots could retain their "Flying Pay" provided that they 'flew' the requisite number of hours per quarter/year?
    In the Middle East around that time a Meteor (T7?), from Cyprus, would routinely visit all the Med desert outstations so that all the GD Pilots - on Ground Tours - could get their flying hours into their Log Books!
    During the period of detachment from Cyprus there were often a significant number of occasions when there were 'spare' flying hours. Some NSA 'Met' airmen learned - not to fly - but how to control an aircraft! Very good!
    Flt Lt Liskutin was a name that I remember from this time at El Adem.
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