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RAF tributes to missing men

Wing Commander Jonathon Moreton spoke warmly of Squadron Leader Samuel Bailey who is missing presumed dead.

He touched all the parts of the squadron; an immensely likeable character and professional aviator, he will be sorely missed.

The squadron's and my thoughts are with his wife Fiona and young daughter Erin at this immensely difficult time.

He also paid tribute to Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders who is still missing after Tuesday's crash.

I was impressed with his commitment to the squadron; he was a well-liked, hardworking and an enthusiastic individual. He had enormous potential as both a pilot and officer.

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.


Tributes to dead Tornado pilot

The RAF has paid tribute to a Tornado pilot killed in a crash off the coast of Scotland earlier this week.

Wing Commander Jonathon Moreton described Flight Lieutenant Hywel Poole as a "capable and confident pilot" with an "infectious personality".

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.

Hammond pays tribute to Tornado crew

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has paid tribute to three Tornado jet crew lost in a crash in the Moray Firth earlier this week.

He told MPs: "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."

Flight Lieutenant Hywel Poole died in the Tornado crash Credit: MoD/Crown Copyright