One of the crew killed in the crash of two Tornados in Scotland has been named as Flight Lieutenant Hywel Tomos Poole from Bangor. The 28-year-old was rescued from the Moray Firth on Tuesday but later died.
Flight Lieutenant Hywel Tomos Poole was born in Bangor and went to school in the area. He 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 from where an officer from Bangor died has described him 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.
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.
The Defence Secretary announced that Squadron Leader Samuel Bailey and Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders, who were also on board the plane, are still missing and he said must now be presumed dead.
A rescue operation was launched on Tuesday following reports that two RAF tornadoes came down in the Moray Firth.
The RAF and Coastguard were involved in the rescue effort.