Lt Andrew Smith
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is with very deep regret that the Ministry of Defence
has to confirm the death of Flight Lieutenant Andrew Paul Smith,
Royal Air Force, following
the loss of an RAF C-130K Hercules aircraft over Iraq
on 30 January 2005. A pilot serving with 47 Squadron,
based at RAF Lyneham, he was a single man aged 25.
Smudge Smith was born on 1 July 1979 in
Doncaster and educated at Matthew Humberstone School,
Cleethorpes. Andrew then read Environmental Management
at Lancaster University, where he gained a BSc (Hons).
He joined Liverpool University Air Squadron at RAF Woodvale
on 6 December 1997, where he commenced his elementary
flying training. He was commissioned as an RAF Officer
on 6 August 2000 and was posted to RAF Linton-on-Ouse
where he continued his flying training. He was awarded
his pilots wings in 2002 and joined the Hercules
fleet on 29 August 2003.
was posted to LXX Sqn on 15 January 2004 as a squadron
co-pilot, then to 47 Sqn on 15 November 2004. He had
685 flying hours, 105 of which were on the Hercules.
Smudger was in the advent of his flying career, he brought
a great deal of enthusiasm and humour to the crews he
flew with. Smudge was on his first operational detachment;
however, he had recently given one of the best ever
performances on the tactical air transport course.
he wasnt flying Smudger could be found either
riding, polishing or talking about one of his performance
motorbikes. He was a keen Valentino Rossi fan and was
often seen trying to emulate his hero on track race
days. He was an active Officers Mess member who
keenly supported all social functions and his colourful
character was reflected in his array of fancy dress
costumes. Popular amongst his peers, his one-liners
and witty comebacks will be sorely missed by all.
media are asked to respect the family's privacy at this
very difficult time.
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