Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Group Captain Wilbur Desmond McNeill

Service No & Branch 2995 GD(P)
Date of Birth: 20 Dec 1924 Commissioned: 04 Sep 1944 Course: 26 Course
Service End: Retired on 13 May 1967 Died on 07 Aug 2017 (93 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 01 Jul 1955Acting Gp Capt : 12 Jan 1966
Training and Other Courses Attended
103 CFS (Fg Offr) - 30 Apr 194815 DSSC (Wg Cdr) - 18 Aug 1962
Badges Qualified
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Aug 1945 - 26 Jul 1946Plt OffrNo.8 Squadron, RIAFMingaladon To UK
- 01 Dec 1960Sqn LdrGolf Sqn, National Defence AcademyKhadakvasla Squadron Commander
20 Oct 1956 - 01 Jun 1959Sqn LdrNo.7 SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
01 Jul 1960 - Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi 
19 Nov 1962 - 21 Dec 1964Wg CdrNo.37 SquadronPune/ Chabua Commanding Officer
14 Jan 1965 - 13 Nov 1965Wg CdrAircraft Storage DepotSulur Commanding Officer
01 Mar 1966 - 12 Jan 1967Gp Capt15 WingBareilly Station Commander
13 Jan 1967 - 13 May 1967Gp Capt18 WingPathankot Station Commander
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Additional Notes

Remarks: Obituary Note added: 2017-08-29
email from Sqn Ldr Ian Steele Loughran:'It is my sad duty to inform you that Gp Capt Wilbur Desmond McNeill passed away on the 7th August 20­17.'He is mourned by his wife Jean, and the family. They want the funeral to be a private, solemn occasi­on for members of the family alone'.May his soul rest in peace.
Remarks: by Air Marshal Raghavendran Note added: 2017-08-29
In my entire career of 41 years in the IAF, THE HIGHEST ENCOMIUM ONE COULD PAY TO A GOOD FLIER WAS " HE FLEW LIKE MCNEIL!". I have flow with many hot rods of the IAF, including Mcneil. He was my instructor on spitfires and later flew a few sorties with him on Hunters. His smoothness of flying, accuracy in flying and his ai to ground and a air to air gunnery were bywords a nd beyond the average mortal to emulate. A few did in small individual areas but never in the whole spectrum like he did. And he did it all with a humbleness and inchalance that was most disarming. He was asked to be a PAI instructor in the RAF after he completed his course there. Nobody could a curved approach like him in a spitfire, leveling off full use before a perfect three point landing.

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