Sadly, one of 3 (Heli) Squadron’s founding pilots, Dave Duncan, died this morning - 9 November 2018. Dave had been ill for some time but forecast his demise to his fellow heli pilots in his characteristic and forthright manner and was still able to enjoy the craic. He was much cheered by their response some forty-five years on. One was quoted as saying “Oman is in our DNA”.
After flying in the Royal Marines Dave served on 3 Squadron from 1970 to 1977 and supported all SAF Units in Dhofar throughout the Dhofar Campaign and into the peace that followed. There will have been many soldiers reading this who have been resupplied or rescued by him. He was a character who left his mark on Oman and all who served with him. We shall all miss his indomitable spirit and his contagious laugh. Shortly before he died Dave characteristically remarked: "I'm just going up there to line up the beers for the rest of you."
Our thoughts go to Verian his wife, who has been so quietly supportive and strong for him for many years, and to their children.