Sunday, 17 October 2010

AOCs Inspection 1996 – AVM CR Spink

On 3 June 1996 AVM CR Spink CBE FCMI RAF carried out the AOC’s Inspection. At the time the Station Commander was Sqn Ldr Bill Gray.

During his career AVM Cliff Spink flew a variety of fast jets including the Gnat, Hunter, Lightning, Phantom and Tornado. He was the Tornado detachment Commander during the first Gulf War. During his tour as Station Commander at RAF Coningsby, which hosted the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, he flew both Hurricanes and Spitfires. Since retiring he has be active in the restoration of and flying historic aircraft – among them the Spitfire , F86, Bf109 and Sea Fury.

 During his visit AVM Spink awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal to 4 Corporals.  The people involved were Cpl S Comben, Cpl R Byrne,  Cpl R Fernley and Cpl S Manley. I only have 3 pictures of the event and I only know the name of one of recipient in the picture. If anyone can attach the correct names to the other 2 pictures or supply a picture of the fourth recipient, it would be appreciated.