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Sqn Ldr Rich Howell

Old 30th Mar 2013, 19:59
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Sqn Ldr Rich Howell

It is with the greatest sadness I have to post the news that Rich passed away yesterday after a short illness. Having recently left the service the news might not get round in time to the (many) mates that would like to pay their respects. I would be glad to pass on the details of the Service for Rich as soon as it is arranged, please PM me for this.

A good mate and renowned aviator - I know many of you will be raising a glass with me.

GF
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Old 30th Mar 2013, 20:08
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Very sad news indeed. A great aviator and a top bloke, I was hoping to meet up with him again this summer. RIP Rich, I will raise a glass to you tonight.
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Old 30th Mar 2013, 20:26
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Very sad news indeed. A top class bloke who kept his unique sense of humour to the fore despite the numerous challenges he faced.
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Old 30th Mar 2013, 20:33
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Very Sad to hear this.

Haven't seen him for a few years. A very talented aviator and a truly great man with a great outlook and sense of humour despite what life had thrown at him. Having left the service for a few years now, he is exactly the sort of mate I miss.


Rip Rich.
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Old 30th Mar 2013, 20:36
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A sad lose. I enjoyed swapping stories with Rich during my time with him on the Firebird's Sqn. Thoughts are with his family.

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Old 30th Mar 2013, 20:58
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Richie Howell

So sad to hear that Richie has passed away, I knew him all the way through training, IOT and Nav training when I crossed trained. We both did our first Tornado tour on 20 Sqn.

Please let me know when the funeral is
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Old 30th Mar 2013, 21:03
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Awful news of the loss of a thoroughly decent man. Rich's tremendous personal qualities shone through in everything he did. Thoughts with his family. RIP.
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Old 30th Mar 2013, 21:50
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I have known Rich throughout my time in the RAF and although we didn't see each other often, I really enjoyed catching up whenever we did. A thoroughly top bloke, great aviator and fantastic officer. My thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.

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Old 31st Mar 2013, 10:23
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Very sad news. I served with Rich towards the end of my RAF career, and also worked with him more recently through some joint US-UK projects. A great bloke, full of support and advice, with a spirit not often seen these days.
Cheers mate - safe travels.
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Old 31st Mar 2013, 16:15
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Very sad news. Despite everything, Ritchie was always cheerful, even attending a Dining In night in No5s and beanie hat while undergoing his treatment.

Unless it has been repainted in the last couple of months Richie's name is still under the rear cockpit of ZA392/006 at Lossie, (having previously been 'E' on II(AC)), applied shortly after he arrived on Two Sqn, although he wasn't able to fly with us by then.
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Old 31st Mar 2013, 16:54
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Rich Howell

What sad news. Rich was a top bloke, great aviator and the sort of character everyone needed on the Sqn. He fought and won against C when we were on Shiney Two - tragic that he passes on so young. My thoughts go to Helen, Chris and Sophie. If anyone has contact details for Helen pse PM me.

RIP Richie.

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Old 31st Mar 2013, 17:49
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Very sorry to hear of Rich's passing. He was an outstanding and totally professional aviator and officer and a fantastic bloke. He will be very much missed.
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Old 31st Mar 2013, 19:09
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PM me and will talk some more.

GF

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Old 31st Mar 2013, 22:10
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Great guy and truly wonderful memories of when he put in a star guest appearance with 27 in Alaska. RIP Richie
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Old 31st Mar 2013, 22:59
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I bumped into Richie off and on over the years and he was one of those people you always remember. I last saw him at Waddo where he explained the fight with the big C. What a sad loss.

RIP mate

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Old 1st Apr 2013, 07:48
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A great character, truly top bloke and someone you'll never forget.

RiP m8.
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Old 1st Apr 2013, 09:11
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I flew with Rich a few times in the late 80s. I thought he was quiet, self-effacing and the consummate professional. It was a pleasure to work with him. Indeed a sad loss.
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Old 1st Apr 2013, 17:19
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Very sad, I flew with Rich a few times, and drank a lot of beer at Laarbruch, Bruggen and various other drinking establishments. A true gent, great sense of humour. My thoughts are with Helen and the children.

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Old 1st Apr 2013, 18:22
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Such very sad news. Rich was a true gentleman and professional aviator. My sincere condolences to his family. RIP.
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Old 1st Apr 2013, 19:35
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Rich was a top, top, bloke. His ready wit, time for others and kindness will be sorely missed and our thoughts go to his family.

RIP Buddy, you're going to be missed, big time.
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