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.