Captain Peter Dawes
Sadly we learn that Peter, a former 1-11 Captain, passed away on the 8th June 2020 after being diagnosed with cancer in April.  My sincere condolences go out to his wife Anna, and his children Rosanna, Sally and Alex, family, friends and former colleagues at this sad time.

Peter's family believe his years at BUA, British Caledonian and later at British Airways, were the happiest of his life. He always reminisced about his flying days; and Anna also holds very fond memories of her time as a member of the cabin crew, the places they visited, and the friends they both made

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To follow when known and subject to corona restrictions sadly. 

Peter Remembered

From Mary Dowdall : Rest In Peace Peter

From Simone Pontet-piccolomini : My thoughts & condolences to the family

From Beryl Mason
Rest in Peace Peter, my condolences to Anna and the family. A lovely man to fly with.

From Caron Phillips: RIP Peter and my condolences to his family and friends

From Roger Warren: Another one of the BCAL family; RIP Peter

From Fee Flee: Ahh so sorry Fly Free Peter xx

From Jan Brincat: A sad loss for the BCal family. RIP. Condolences to Anna & family

From Tricia Riley: Remember Pete well too; sad RIP

From Jim Will: A sad loss, fly high Capt Pete

From Sally Simmonds: Very sad to hear.
Above, Peter in his BUA uniform,
and below in his BA uniform

From Richard Blackwell
I loved his sense of humour. I enjoyed his idea of smoking his pipe upside down to stop the rain getting in. RIP Capt. Dawes

From Jeff Eason: I spent Xmas '89 in LA with Peter RIP, condolences to Peter's family.

From Graham Lambert:  RIP my friend.

From David Monty Phythian : Oh gosh, RIP Peter and my sincere condolences.

From Susie Douglas-Smith: Very sad news. My thoughts are with his family and friends

From Richard Friend: RIP Skipper

From Julia Perry : RIP

From Ian Newton : Sad news, many memories, my thoughts go to Anna and family.

From John R Potter : RIP Capt. A real gentleman.

From Phil Benson: My condolences to Anna and the family, RIP Peter

From Frances Firmin
Such sad news, a lovely man, a fabulous captain to fly with and such fun to be with. My thoughts and condolences to Anna and his family.

From Geoff Cornwell
So sorry to hear that Peter has passed away. A very good friend over many years.  Remember well planning a GLCT flight with Peter where we broke all the rules to fly the children around an oil rig in the North Sea on our way to Amsterdam.  Great day out. Deepest condolences to all the family.

From Avril Milne
I was shocked and sad to hear the news about Capt. Peter Dawes. He was one of BCAL’s “golden” characters and my condolences go to Anna and family.

From Lyndsey Walker (nee Robinson)
RIP to a dear, kind man. Fond memories of a trip with him talking about owning a race horse called ‘The Mint’ possibly. I think it was in Bahrain and I was playing dominoes with him under an umbrella at The Delmon Hotel and I got the most horrendous reflection sunburn where I had to passenger home. He at least was able to vouch for me to the chief that it wasn’t self inflicted. Such a gentleman. Sincere condolences to all his family.

From Bill Newman
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Captain Peter Dawes. We go back a very long way. Peter and I were on our ab-initio pilot training course at Scone aerodrome Perth in 1965, even sharing a room for some months. I was only 19 years of age and Peter around the same, but much more sophisticated with his Dunhill pipe.

We developed a deep friendship over the period of the course and it has left me with many fond memories which have been refreshed over the recent days. How could one forget the summer evening trips to the Grill bar in downtown Perth.....often riding in Peter's Sunbeam Rapier convertible? Trips around the highlands, folk clubs, squash. Wow! I almost forgot there was the flying too.

I shall always cherish memories of his kindness, his generosity and his great sense of fun. We did laugh a lot. I do regret that I let our friendship lapse. Different bases, aircraft fleets and families seems to allow this to happen. I send my sincere condolences to Anna, his family and many friends. RIP Peter.

If you would like to leave a message in remembrance please drop me a line anytime at

Condolences have also been extended by:

Dave Thaxter, John Morgan, Sonia Afriat-Itzcovitz, Helen Shenton, Dave Surry, Riaz Butt, Tina Harvey, Lindsay Smith, Caron Phillips,   Jackie Hebert, Helena Burgoyne, Daphne Hemmings, Lesley Peacock, Kim Stapleton MacBeath, Don Eckford, Jenny Thomas, Julie Nuttall, Stella Bassett, Nick Ridley, Mary Dowdall, Laurie Evans, Peter Durran, Ian Jones, Julie Hourigan, Fran Cox, Pat Cresswell, Kris Massie, Martin Leach, Katy Grace

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