The RAF & Defence Fire Service has a book of remembrance where the names of our fallen comrades are recorded. The poem below was produced by Steve Harrison and is a combination of his own work, some lines from Mick Goupillot and a prayer from Satish Kumar, who was a Jain monk.
Death notices received from late October 2023 are posted below. For previous listings please click the appropriate link above
24 November 2023
From: George Turnbull
Member No 627 David McBain
So sorry to inform the Association of the passing of ex RAF Firefighter David McBain. Dave, my great friend of fifty three years, died on 20th November after a long fight with cancer. He joined the RAF in September 1966 and served at RAF Wittering, where he met his wife Marion, before postings to Sharjah and Conningsby. Following discharge in August 1971, he worked at Luton Airport Fire Station for three years before moving on to Bedfordshire Fire Brigade, where he attained the rank of Station Officer. After that he transferred to London Fire Brigade where he was employed as Station Commander in an operational role, as well as Training Officer at the Brigade Training Centre and at the Western Command Training Centre. After retiring in 2002, Dave drove a mobile library vehicle before becoming Licensing Officer for Mid Beds District Council, a role he filled for eight years. He would have stayed in the RAF longer but was never given the opportunity to complete an advanced training course.