is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence can
confirm the death of Chief Technician Richard Antony Brown,
Royal Air Force, following
the loss of an RAF C-130K Hercules aircraft over Iraq
on 30 January 2005. An avionics specialist, aged 40
and divorced, he served with the Engineering Wing at
RAF Lyneham, the home-base for all RAF Hercules.
Brown joined the Royal Air Force in 1983, and has served
two tours of duty at RAF Lyneham, beginning his second
tour in 1998. Richie, as everyone called him, was a
keen and active sportsman who was always extremely enthusiastic
and committed in everything he did. He was totally dedicated
and professional in his approach to all his duties,
and was always willing and eager to help others. Indeed,
he worked ceaselessly for charity and in 1998 was awarded
an 11 Group Commendation for his charity work during
his time at RAF Kinloss. He was highly thought of and
will be sadly missed by all those who served alongside
him, particularly the small section of engineers who
worked closely with him.
media are asked to respect the family's privacy at this
very difficult time.
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