Victor Kinnin

The sad news was received of Vic Kinnin’s (Sqn Ldr retired) passing. Vic was an ex 32nd entry Boy Entrant Photographer who made the rank of Flt Sgt before taking a branch commission.

He will be remembered by many as OC JSOP/DSOP as one of the last Senior RAF Officers to held the post until it became a civilian post. Vic was successful on retirement from the service in taking up the post of Public Relations Officer for RAF Cosford. He was a stalwart in the trade who never gave up fighting for its continued success getting involved in the implementation of Photographic NVQ’s for all three services and the assimilation training of the existing photographic tradesman to ensure that the trade went forward in the future.

He will be missed by all those who knew him as a man with his feet on the floor and a good boss to all those photographers who were lucky to work for him during his career.

Vic was also an enthusiastic member of the RAF Photographers Association.

Messages of Condolence from the Facebook Groups

David Abel Sad news indeed, lovely guy. RIP VK

Dave Peel RIP Vic Our condolences to Wendy and family
Roddy McNeil A great loss. Vic was my Cpl at Leuchars in 68. RIP old friend
Dennis Weatherill So sad, I knew Vic as a Sgt at PRU Rheindahlen in ’75, I agree, he was indeed a lovely man.
Stephen Spurle RIP Vic, was an instructor when I went through JSOP in 71. Smashing guy.
Michael Windle I didn’t know Vic well but I met him on a couple of occasions. He seemed a decent, friendly chap.
RIP Vic.
Kris Mercer Very sad news indeed. He was my instructor during my Craft Apprentice years. Condolences to friends and family 😞
George Webb Vic was a very kind and helpful man, condolences to his family. RIP
Stewart Ross RIP Vic, really nice guy.
Barbara Ellen Nile Very sad news. I have known Vic since I was 15years old when we were boy entrants together. Condolences to Wendy and family. Pastie & Barbara
Gareth Bufton Sad news – Vic was the ‘Boss’ twice and latterly worked with him at Cosford. A gentleman. Best wishes to all the family.
Rick Rickwood A very good friend. We followed each other in our postings many times. So very sad. My condolences to Wendy and family.
Martin Gill RIP Sir
Duncan Jury RIP
Dave Whitter sad news the t bar up stairs is getting busy
Mark Ford True gent. RIP Vic.
Gordy Elias The man upstairs must have a new hobby and needs some classy teaching. Keep smiling down on us Sir.
Nick Collins Requiescet in pace, Vic Kinnin.
Steve Mullis Really sad to hear this news. A true gentleman and a brilliant teacher. RIP Vic you will be truly missed.
James Poole Very sad news indeed. A true gentleman. RIP Vic.
Neil Pargetor Very sad news. A genuine gentleman who had a lovely way about him.
Steve Gilmour RIP Sir
John Hygate How sad to hear. Vic was one of nature’s gentlemen. My condolences to Wendy and family.
Paul Edward Atkinson RIP, Sir. A good man who stood out amongst other good men. Duty done, stand down. Condolences to the family.
Andrew Hellen Very sad news, a real gentleman. Rest in peace.
John Chorley A great bloke will be sadly missed
Roger Williams Known Vic a very long time, as Jim says a true gentlemen, my condolences to his family
Jim Cargill Very sad news. How many of us who joined in the fifties are left.
Pete Holland RIP Vic…. He did some really great stuff for the trade. Condolences to his family

David Ketcher Saddened to hear of Vic passing. Condolences to Wendy and family. R I P old friend.
Robert Bishop That’s very sad. Bizarre, was relaying an anecdote about him from 1985, to my wife, just the other day. I’d never mentioned him before!
Pete Holland RIP Vic…. He did some really great stuff for the trade. Condolences to his family
Chris Chiverton Very sad news. Always had your back covered did a lot for the trade. Sadly missed.
Roger Edwards For the 301st Craft Apprentice 40th reunion back in 2004, he arranged for us to have a reminiscent tour of RAF Cosford. He and his wife were our guests of honour at our formal dinner dance. We only knew him briefly but his humour and good grace demonstrated what a special person he was. A true gentleman. RIP Vic.
Alan Bridges RIP Vic, a really nice man. Condolences to his family.
Paul Durham Raising a glass to you sir, RIP
Ian Grogan RIP Sir
Renny McIvor A great loss. A true Officer and Gentleman. Rest in Peace Sir
Don Lambert Only met him the once . Seemed a nice bloke RIP
Donald Adams Privilege to have known Vic and Wendy, shared great times in Cyprus and Malta, many happy memories. Heartfelt condolences to you and the family Wendy, RIP Vic , you will be missed.
Nigel Caulfield RIP Sir 😢
George Fenney RIP Boss, always there when I needed you.
Ian Clare RIP Vic, sad news a true gent.
Neil Thrush Sadly another stalwart of TG14 has passed to infinity and beyond. So many photog’s have a lot to be thankful for the personality he shared with us. Sincere condolences to his wife and family. RIP Vic

Rick Brewell So very sad, I knew Vic from my very first day joining the RAF at Cosford in ‘71. He was a Corporal instructor soon to be promoted to Sergeant. What an amazing career, reaching the dizzy heights of Squadron Leader and what a lovely guy. A credit to the Photographic trade. Blue Sky’s Vic. Luce Scribimus.

Richard Hugh Marshall A fine gentleman of the old school. RIP
Gareth Mills Deeply saddened by the news of Vic’s passing, served under him at numerous units, hell be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to Wendy and the family. Per Ardua Sir.
Gordon Rodger RIP Vic….served together at JHQ ,RAF Rheindahlen, mid seventies
Bob Hopkins RIP Vic


2 thoughts on “Victor Kinnin

  1. I cannot remember when or where I first met Vic but he must have made an impression on me for I remember him with affection. Blue skies Vic.


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