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XV 179 : 7 years ago today....

Old 30th Jan 2012, 19:57
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XV 179 : 7 years ago today....

7 years ago today, on the 30st January 2005 at 1330Z the crew and passenger of the Hercules C130K, callsign Hilton 22 (XV179) were flying north-west from Baghdad International Airport. They were en-route to Balad when the aircraft received sustained gunfire from an insurgent team over whom they had unwittingly flown. The aircraft suffered a catastrophic failure following this assault when an explosion caused twenty three feet of the starboard wing to detach, outboard of number 4 engine.

The aircraft crashed killing all ten men on board;

Sqn Ldr Pat “Paddy” Marshall,
Flt Lt David “Steady” Stead,
Flt Lt Andy “Smudge” Smith,
Flt Lt Paul “Pards” Pardoel,
MEng Gary “Gary Nic” Nicholson,
Flt Sgt Mark “Gibbo” Gibson,
Chf Tech Ritchie “Delia” Brown,
Sgt Bob “Logical Bob” O’Connor,
Cpl David Williams,
L/Cpl “Jonah” Jones.

RIP chaps have a cold one for us... Gone but never forgotten
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Old 30th Jan 2012, 21:57
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Was at the National Arboretum the last week.

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Old 30th Jan 2012, 23:55
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RIP, lads. You made a difference and you are missed.
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 06:59
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I'll raise a glass to them this evening. RIP chaps.
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 07:04
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Paddy, RIP mate. I'll raise a glass tonight.
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Glass duly raised, and a little smile at good memories with all of them. Never more so at subsequently seeing the mess hall named after Gibbo, a somewhat ironic and humorous gesture...... RIP lads.
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 08:24
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Rest in Peace, Paddy.

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Old 31st Jan 2012, 13:54
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Andy, I'll always stop by whenever I'm up north. RIP.
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Per Ardua Ad Astra
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Old 31st Jan 2012, 19:16
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On the western sea wall path at Thorney Island are two memorial seats. One is in memory of Steve Jones. A peaceful and fitting place for the memorial given TI's history. For anyone in the area, the footpath around the island is well worth the walk.
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I had the pleasure to earn my wings with Steady, then join him on LXX before he moved across the building to 47.

Just a great guy, a top bloke.

Per Ardua ad Astra.
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Old 3rd Feb 2012, 09:38
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To FLTLT Pards Pardoel

I never knew you, but you were mentioned today by one of your ex-colleagues during our refresher CRM. Maybe gone, but certainly not forgotten.

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Old 3rd Feb 2012, 11:23
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RIP to them all. Esp colleagues Pards and Paddy.
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Old 4th Feb 2012, 14:23
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Never forgotten. RIP boys.
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Now 8 years on

In my cups freshly remembered today.
RIP Friends,
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Old 30th Jan 2013, 13:46
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Remembered here too. So hard to believe that in some ways 8 years has flown past, yet this still stings like yestrday.

God bless boys.
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Never forgotten. R.I.P. gentlemen and friends
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Old 30th Jan 2013, 14:35
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RIP Dave.


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Old 30th Jan 2013, 15:23
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It may not be generally known that XV179 was the Hercules sent to Toronto back in September 1995 to repatriate the bodies of the crew of Nimrod XV239.

I remember watching it climb out over Toronto taking them home and feeling very moved by the poignancy of the moment.

I was very sad to learn of its later loss in action.

RIP gentlemen.
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Old 30th Jan 2013, 18:42
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Always remembered...I raise my glass in their honor.
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