Douglas Anthony Jones 1940-2019
Doug went into the RAF straight from school in 1955 at the tender age of 15 years. He signed on the dotted line to serve Queen and country for nine years and proudly joined the 29th Entry Boy Entrants at RAF Cosford. The downside of joining as a boy was that your actual service didn’t start until you reached the age of 18, a small point not always made clear but with the result that Doug’s nine years suddenly turned into 12!
His training at Cosford was for 18 months during which time Doug learned the necessary skills to become an airman such as discipline, marching, and shooting. He also spent a large amount of this time training in his chosen trade of Photographer. This training was very intense and would have consisted of all aspects of photography, both on the ground and in the air.
After Doug completed his training, he had postings that took him all over the world including Odiham, Coltishall, Rheindalen, Wildenrath, Bruggen, Muharraq, and Akrotiri. It was during his time at Muharraq that Doug’s skills came to light with his picture of a VC10 called ‘Night Stop in Muharraq’. These competitions are only open to RAF Photographers so to be a winner was no mean feat.
As a photographer, Doug would also cover prestigious events at various based which would often involve royalty. One of his most exciting assignments was the London to New York Air Race in 1969.
Doug was always a character at Cosford, and the easiest of fellows to get on with. Saturday morning kit inspections in our accommodation at Fulton Block could be highly amusing as he was inherently untidy, and invariably drew the attention of the Flight Commander, albeit in a completely non-confrontational manner. I don’t recall his ever being disciplined for this – he had such a warming smile and pleasant manner.
I seem to remember he was a very good and conscientious student and did very well on his final exams, certainly better than I. I know that other members of the 29th Entry will have my sense of loss in his passing – he was just one of those fellows you never forget.
10th Sept 2019
Michael Windle Doug was a friend at Episkopi in the early 1960’s and one of our beach lifeguard team. RIP old friend.
Barbara Ellen Nile RIP old friend, you will be sadly missed at the Reunions. Pastie & Barbarax
Richard Spink RIP Doug.
David Ketcher Sad news indeed Gerry, RiP Doug.
Maurice Cooper So sad. I knew him mainly from the old days. We joined up together October 16th 1956, billet D1, u/t photo IIs, 29th entry B/E, RAF Cosford, We met a few times at reunions at Stourport, and had a shared interest in railways. R.I.P. Doug.
Ian Evans What a shame, always chatted at the reunions
Stan Leeds What a shame, such a lovely ma. I had known him in those early days in the Fulton block He was one of life’s true gentlemen.R.I.P. Doug.
Mick Walker from Cosford days when I first met him then 40+ years til we met up again at the reunion RIP DJ from Mick & Moe
Geoffrey Massey A good friend. I knew him in the 1960s and more recently of course. Quite a character and I will miss his chat. Rest in peace Doug.
Donald Adams Worked with him for a while and always up for a laugh. Sure he will be sadly missed. RIP Doug.