On Christmas Eve 2020 Group Captain David Baron OBE, the Museum’s long-time Chairman, passed away after a short illness, aged 79. He was greatly respected by all at the Museum, having been a trustee and Chairman since 2006; under his stewardship, the Museum progressed to become one of the most respected aviation museums in the country.
On the afternoon of 6 January, prior to David’s funeral at Chichester Crematorium, the funeral hearse made a planned diversion to the Museum’s car park where it stopped by the MacDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR2 (XV408). David, as a flight lieutenant, had flown this aircraft whilst attending the first RAF Phantom conversion course in 1969.
Tangmere’s vicar, Reverend Trevor Marshall, who was to conduct the service at the crematorium, was in attendance and organised the playing of the ‘last post’. Flowers were laid on the aircraft by family members before the hearse left the Museum for the funeral.
Sadly, due to Covid restrictions our staff could not be present to pay their respects but the family are intending to hold a memorial service for our ‘Boss’ when the present health crisis is over. He will be greatly missed.
Photos: Brian Blackman