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Ivanova: “Was he also a pilot?”
Sinclair: “The best. The Sinclairs have been fighter pilots all the way back to the Battle of Britain.”
So with the recent passing of Michael O’Hare I’ve been thinking about our old buddy Sinclair. Long since passed from our screens.
I remembered this line from Midnight On The Firing Line and knowing that JMS is a huge history buff I decided to check to see if there actually was a Sinclair at the Battle of Britain.
So allow me then to introduce you all to;
Wing Commander Gordon Sinclair
WC Sinclair is undoubtedly the man Cmdr Sinclair was named for and his in universe ancestor.
According to his obituary on the Telegraph’s website
Sinclair was a pre-war pilot serving with No 19 Squadron at Duxford when it became the first to receive the outstanding fighter of the day, the Spitfire, and he had the dubious honour of being at the controls of the first one to crash. During his first flight in the new fighter, the port undercarriage leg collapsed as he landed at Duxford on August 16 1938. The aircraft flipped on to its back, but Sinclair emerged from the incident without injury to himself or his reputation.
The man had an illustrious career in the RAF during the war and shortly after moved into industry.
He died in 2005 and is survived by two sons and two daughters.
I doubt they’re aware of any tangental connection their father had with B5’s first Commander, but I think it’s very appropriate to name The One Who Was after such a total badass from recent history, and I’d hope if the real Sinclair knew about it he’d be flattered.
If you would like to read his obituary then you can follow this link, he seemed to have lead an interesting and fulfilling life.
I know this isn’t strictly B5 related, it’s very leftfield and different, and people have still been missing O’Hare and sending their tributes to his family and his colleagues.
However when I learnt of this I thought I had to share it with you all. It’s good to know that his character on the show was drawn from such a wonderful source, and I’m glad he was able to share that character with us all.