Sqn Ldr Bob Culpin, a WWII bomber pathfinder navigator and later an advanced navigation instructor, has died at the age of 97.
He survived a remarkable 75 bombing missions during the war, some of which saw airframes and equipment shredded and fellow aircrew killed.
After the war, he returned to civilian tax office duties, but after a few months he accepted an extended service commission in the RAF and, for the rest of his career, was primarily engaged in training and navigational duties; these included being a staff navigator at the Telecommunications Flying Unit at RAF Defford and teaching low-level navigation on Meteor jets at Advanced Flying School. His flying duties included a 15-hour Aries North Polar flight in a modified Lincoln bomber.
His service career ended with postings abroad: to Egypt shortly before the Suez crisis; as a flight commander at RAF Laarbruch in Germany; and to RAF Episkopi in Cyprus.
Sqn Leader Bernard ‘Bob’ Culpin DSO DFC 27 December 1921 - 30 May 2019