SAS legend Barry Davies dies

Barry Davies

Barry Davies (right) briefs the UK Minister for Defence Procurement, Philip Dunne MP, at last year’s DSEI event in London

Barry Davies, BEM, the former British Special Air Service commando who was decorated for the part he played in Operation Feuerzauber (“Fire Magic”) the successful GSG9 hostage rescue operation of Lufthansa Flight 181 at Mogadishu Airport in 1977, passed away Monday.

Shrewsbury-born Barry Davies was in service with the SAS for 18 years and saw active duty in the Middle East, Africa and Northern Ireland. During that time he assisted in forming the first counter-terrorist team and was awarded the British Empire Medal for the storming of Lufthansa Flight 181 which was hijacked on 13 October 1977 by four members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

After leaving the Special Air Service Regiment, he joined Cardiff-based survival and protective equipment specialists, BCB International Ltd. There he worked on numerous special projects which in recent years included the development and market introduction of surveillance Unmanned Air Systems.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Barry’s wife, Mary, and their family at this difficult time,” said BCB Managing Director Andrew Howell in a statement. “Everyone here at BCB International is shocked at the sad news.  For over 30 years, Barry was a popular and hugely respected member of the team.  For Barry, being able to help design and refine life-saving equipment used by our brave servicemen and women was not a ‘job’ but a labour of love.  He will be sorely missed by everyone here at BCB.”

Davies taught survival, escape, and evade skills to aircrews and special operations for two years of his service in the SAS as shown in this vintage vid.

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