John “E-J” Eyton-Jones

John “E-J” Eyton-Jones

Birth
Northampton, Northampton Borough, Northamptonshire, England
Death 6 May 1982 (aged 39)
Falkland Islands
Burial Body lost at sea, Specifically: E-J and Lt Al Curtis RN, flying a night patrol in two Sea Harriers, were vectored to investigate a suspicious radar contact near the stricken hulk of HMS SHEFFIELD. The weather was appalling, with rain, fog and low cloud. Both pilots faile
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Lt Cdr C016085B John Edward EYTON-JONES HMS Invincible
Age 39
John Eyton-Jones was in Northampton. He was the second of two brothers and two sisters. His father, John senior, served in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War. Educated at Northampton Grammar School, he joined the Royal Navy as a Fleet Air Arm pilot in 1964.

Right from the start he was nicknamed E-J, and displayed a special talent for the demanding world of fast-jet flying from carriers at sea. Specialising first on the all-weather Sea Vixen fighter, operating from HM Ships EAGLE and HERMES, he then moved on to the F-4K Phantom of 892 Sqn in the Carrier Air Group of HMS ARK ROYAL. By then, E-J had become an Air Warfare Instructor (AWI) and also completed a distinguished tour with the US Navy experimental squadron VX-4 at Point Mugu, California, where his record as an adversary in Air Combat Manoeuvering (ACM) was exceptional. On return to England in 1976 he converted onto the Royal Air Force's Harrier GR.3, then joined No 1(F) Sqn at RAF Wittering, further enhancing his already unique reputation. When the Sea Harrier FRS.1 joined the Fleet, E-J, by now a Lieutenant Commander, returned to RN service and became an instructor with 899 Squadron NAC (Naval Air Command). He was heavily involved in ensuring that the Air Weapons tactics and training for this new VSTOL fighter were of the highest possible standard.

On April 5th 1982, in the week following the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands, E-J was one of five 899 pilots seconded to 801 Squadron, which departed from England in the carrier HMS INVINCIBLE in order to establish air superiority within the South Atlantic Total Exclusion Zone. E-J was a strong influence in the intensive work-up schedules that brought the embarked pilots up to operational standard by day and night. He also took part in a number of combat sorties. Then, in the early hours of 6th May 82, E-J and Lt Al Curtis RN, flying a night patrol in two Sea Harriers, were vectored to investigate a suspicious radar contact near the stricken hulk of HMS SHEFFIELD. The weather was appalling, with rain, fog and low cloud. Both pilots failed to return from this mission, and were never seen again.


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  • Created by: Wertypop
  • Added: 30 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 74199133
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John “E-J” Eyton-Jones (24 Apr 1943–6 May 1982), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74199133, ; Maintained by Wertypop (contributor 46806984) Body lost at sea, who reports a E-J and Lt Al Curtis RN, flying a night patrol in two Sea Harriers, were vectored to investigate a suspicious radar contact near the stricken hulk of HMS SHEFFIELD. The weather was appalling, with rain, fog and low cloud. Both pilots faile.