Clive Maclennan

Clive Maclennan

Posted on 06/03/2014

Photo taken on January 14, 2014

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Gp Capt Don Finlay

Gp Capt Don Finlay
Taken at RAF Coningsby today, as always cold damp and blowing a gale,lol.

Donald Finlay was Officer Commanding in the latter period of the Battle of Britain in 1940. As a pre-war athlete he had competed as a hurdler in both the 1932 & 1936 games, winning silver and bronze medals. After the war, in the London games of 1948, Finlay was the British Team Captain and was selected to take the Athletes Oath on behalf of all the other athletes competing in the games. During the Olympic opening ceremony this year this oath was taken by Sarah Stevenson, the British Taekwondo athlete. Don Finlay retired from the RAF as a Group Captain.

The achievements of Don Finlay have been recognised by his old squadron, who have painted one of their Tornado GR4 aircraft in a distinctive tail scheme. The design incorporates the squadron symbol, the Cross of Lorraine, with an image of a hurdler. The code letters EB-Z are a reference to the Spitfire aircraft that the then Squadron Leader Don Finlay flew with the squadron. The aircraft was painted by the SERCO Surface Finish Section at RAF Lossiemouth.