Death of retired RAF technician
Cupar man, Alexander Maule, a retired RAF technician who was an acknowledged expert on the supersonic Lightning jet fighter aircraft, has died. He was 80.
Described as "an outstanding technican" when he was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1970, Mr Mule - known as Alec - enlisted in the RAF following his education at Bell Baxter High School, Cupar.
Born and brought up in Edinburgh, he served in many parts of the world with the RAF and was awarded the GSM (Malaya) in 1950, the UN Medal (Korea) in 1952 and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1965.
He also received a commendation from AOC in C Fighter Command in 1968 while serving with 11 Squadron.
Mr Maule, who was posted to 74 Squadron at RAF Leuchars in 1965 and subsequently re-posted to 11 Squadron in 1967, was promoted to chief technician in 1969.
During the 1960s he was the senior non-commissioned officer in charge of first-line servicing on two Lightning squadrons and devoted many hours to resolving problems concerning the aircraft's starter systems.
His citation on receipt of the BEM stated that he had supervised and inspired others by "his personal example to work efficiently and enthusiastically on complex aircraft, frequently in adverse conditions."
Married to Irene, the couple resided in Oxfordshire before moving to Cupar following Mr Maule's transfer to RAF Leuchars.
After a near 38-year career, he retired from the RAF aged 55 having attained the rank of warrant officer.
Mr Maule was later employed as a starter with the St Andrews Links Trust, a position he retained part-time into his early 70's.
A keen golfer, he was a member of both the St Andrews and Elmwood golf clubs.
He is survived by his wife, Irene, daughter Alison and son Alisdair, and one grand-daughter.
source: Fife Herald, Friday, July 1, 2011.
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