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Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:00 am
A family announcement was published in the Dundee Courier on 2nd May 2015 and can be viewed at this page
BRUCE THOMPSON (SWE - TRAINING SECTION)
Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:42 am
Posted on behalf of Peter Bridgeman
It is with regret that I should inform you of the passing of Bruce Thompson who died peacefully in his sleep in April this year after suffering from Parkinson’s disease for some time.
Bruce was in the RAF during WWII he served with the desert air force in North Africa and in Italy. He was involved with the installation and maintenance of airborne radios in Spitfires, Hurricanes and other fighter aircraft. After the war he joined the Home Office communications branch at Stanton being promoted to SWT at Cheveley depot in Suffolk. He was further promoted to CWT and later to SWE at the Directorates HQ at Kew transferring later to Rochester Row and Horseferry House.
He played an important part in the new R & D section under Paul Smith and Jack Hallett, working with many organisations including Marconi Research, Plessey Roke Manor and various Universities. His projects included the development of new modulation systems, novel speed meters, sub surface communications (FIGARO) and main station aerial systems. Prior to his retirement in the early 1980’s he was training officer for the Directorate. He retired near to his ancestral home in Crail, Fife.
He had a wry sense of humour and was a well respected, highly motivated and conscientious engineer. He was well liked by all.
My condolences go to his widow Jane, they had been married for 63 years.
28th November 2015
Bruce far left