|Birth: ||Nov. 24, 1984, England|
|Death: ||Jul. 3, 2012, Scotland|
XV (Reserve) Squadron
Royal Air Force
Two RAF Tornado GR4 fighter jets crashed mid-air over the Moray Firth, south of Wick, Scotland while on a routine training flight. Flt Lt Hywel Poole was killed and Sqn Ldr Samuel Bailey and Flt Lt Adam Sanders are still missing and presumed dead. A fourth crew member was rescued from the sea and was in serious but stable condition. The airmen were based at RAF Lossiemouth. On July 18, 2012 it was announced that the bodies of the two missing airmen had been recovered and formally identified.
Flt Lt Sanders, 27, was from Formby. He was educated at Scarisbrick Hall School in Lancashire and was a former captain of its cross-country and cricket teams. Before joining the RAF, he was a member of the Air Training Corps, achieving the rank of Cadet Flight Sergeant. After he graduated from RAF officer training in 2004, he excelled during flying training and was selected to instruct other pilots to fly the Hawk T1. At the end of his instructional tour in 2012, he moved to XV (Reserve) Squadron to undergo Tornado GR4 conversion training. His commanding officer described him as "a well-liked, hardworking and an enthusiastic individual. He had enormous potential as both a pilot and officer."
Flt Lt Sanders leaves behind his parents, John and Lynn, along with other family and friends.
Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, honorary air commodore for RAF Lossiemouth, led a memorial service for the airmen on July 12, 2012 at the station.
Funeral with full military honours was held on July 27, 2012 at St Aidan's Church at RAF Lossiemouth.
*Sincere thanks to bill for his generous sponsorship of all three memorial pages.
Created by: Milou
Record added: Jul 12, 2012
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