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RAF Tornado Crash Pilots Are Named
Three crew members involved in a crash of two RAF Tornados in the Moray Firth have been named.
Flight Lieutenant Hywel Poole, Squadron Leader Samuel Bailey and Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders were from 15 (Reserve) Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth.
Their Tornado GR4 aircraft came down south of Wick on Tuesday afternoon.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond paid tribute to the men in a statement to the Commons.
He said: "My thoughts - and, I am sure, those of the entire House - are with their loved ones at this difficult time and with the fourth member of the Squadron involved in the incident, who is currently in a serious but stable condition in hospital."
Squadron Leader Bailey was born in Nottingham on 23 June 1976.
Officer Commanding XV(Reserve) Squadron, Wing Commander Jonathon Moreton, said: "After an enormously successful front-line tour of duty on XIII Squadron, Sam joined the instructor cadre on XV (Reserve) Squadron in 2004.
"He excelled in the role and was quickly recognised as a talented mentor and trusted supervisor.
"His performance earned him promotion to Squadron Leader in 2010 and after a tour of duty in Afghanistan he returned to XV (Reserve) Squadron as a Flight Commander.
"He had quickly established himself as one of my most trusted instructors and flight commanders.
"He touched all the parts of the Squadron, an immensely likeable character and professional aviator, he will be sorely missed. Sam was fully committed to all aspects of Service life; however, he valued his family time the most.
"The Squadron's and my thoughts are with his wife, Fiona and young daughter Erin at this immensely difficult time. This great loss will be felt intensely by all who knew him."
Flight Lieutenant Hywel Tomos Poole was born on 22 April 1984 in Bangor.
Wing Commander Moreton said: "Flight Lieutenant Hywel Poole had an outgoing personality, was universally liked by his colleagues, and was an enthusiastic member of my squadron and the Royal Air Force.
"Displaying a natural talent for flying the Tornado, he quickly established himself on the Squadron as a very capable and confident pilot, which coupled with his keen sense of humour and engaging character made him a very popular student on the Squadron.
"Outside the Squadron, he dedicated much of his personal time to others. He mentored other station personnel who aspired to gain a commission and would always volunteer to raise money for Station charities, including Help for Heroes.
"An infectious personality, always cheerful, friendly and immensely likeable, Hywel will be greatly missed by all. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time."
Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders was born on 24 November 1984.
Wing Commander Moreton, said: "Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders was a talented pilot who was recognised early on in his RAF career for his flying ability and professionalism; so much so that upon completion of his Advanced Flying Training on the Hawk T1, he was specially selected to become an instructor on the aircraft.
"After arriving on XV (Reserve) Squadron he continued to demonstrate very high standards and a real enthusiasm toward flying the Tornado GR4. I was impressed with his commitment to the Squadron; he was a well liked, hard working and an enthusiastic individual.
"He had enormous potential as both a pilot and officer. Adam was looking forward to joining 617 Squadron after completion of the Operational Conversion Course.
"I am sure that the loss of this capable and much-admired pilot will be keenly felt by all on my squadron and the Royal Air Force community at large.
"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time."