Softback book ‘Flight from the Croft’ by Bill Innes, 2019. Bill recounts his career as a pilot during the 1950s-1996, which included flying BEA passenger aircraft between the Scottish islands. Tiree and Captain David Barclay are mentioned on pages 31, 41, 72 & 73.
Bill Innes talking about Captain David Barclay
Sound clip in English of former airline pilot Bill Innes talking about Captain David Barclay.
Courtesy of Mr Bill Innes
Former airline pilot Bill Innes tells a humorous anecdote about Captain David Barclay, MBE, during an illustrated talk about the pioneers of Scottish aviation held in An Talla, Tiree on 5th July 2004.
The name David Barclay is synonymous with the development of aviation in the Western Isles and with the Scottish Air Ambulance Service. He flew his first ambulance flight with Northern & Scottish Airways in 1935 and at the end of his career had flown more than two thousand ambulance missions.
He was awarded the MBE in 1942 and invested with the order of St John of Jerusalem in 1950. Much loved and well respected by those who knew him, Captain Barclay retired in April 1965 with an overwhelming send-off from islanders in Barra and Tiree.