The funeral of Flight Lieutenant Hywel Tomos Poole was held in Bangor today.
The 28-year-old was one of the crew killed when two Tornados crashed in Scotland in early July. Flight Lieutenant Hywel Tomos Poole was rescued from the Moray Firth but died of his injuries.
Friends and family will say their final goodbyes at a ceremony in Bangor Cathedral.
He was born in Bangor and went to school in the area. Hwyel was a member of the University Air Squadron whilst studying at Southampton University and joined the RAF after graduating. He conducted RAF Officer Training in 2006.
The Commanding Officer of the Tornado squadron has described the 28-year-old as a very capable and confident pilot. Wing Commander Jonathon Moreton said that Flight Lieutenant Hywel Poole had an outgoing personality and was universally liked by his colleagues.
– Wing Commander Jonathon Moreton, Officer Commanding XV(Reserve) Squadron
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.