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XV 179 - 10 Years Ago

Old 29th Jan 2015, 22:36
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XV 179 - 10 Years Ago

10 years ago on the 30 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 . Gone but never forgotten
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 11:28
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Ten years. The station may have closed, the sqn's might have moved, but their memory remains.

Rest in peace boys.
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 11:42
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Rest in Peace all those lost with XV179, I was privileged to know Steady as an Air Cadet in Wharfedale.
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 12:54
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10 Years

I can only repeat what many others, more eloquent than I, have said; may they rest in peace. I had the honour and pleasure of serving with them in the early noughties, a fine bunch who gave me some fond memories of the Hercules.
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 13:13
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Hilton 22, how can it possibly be 10 years since I said my last goodbye to Gary, together with most of the Albert fleet? Together with many others, I shall hoist a cold one (or many) in remembrance tonight. Go careful, boys, you are not forgotten.

TTB
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 13:45
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Cheers lads, think about you everytime I use my 47 Sqn crystal goblet.

RIP
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 15:19
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Nice touch today at 13:30
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 17:18
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Was a really nice fly past. Dusty eyes time
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 18:17
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RIP Paddy & guys, raising a toast tonight to you all. Agree with previous comments, seems like yesterday, not 10 years ago.
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 18:42
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RAF Benevolent Fund tribute ...

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund - The words no Commander wants to hear

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Old 30th Jan 2015, 19:20
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I can remember chatting with Paddy at High Wycombe just a couple of days before - "keep your head down mate", I said. Then he was gone; another guy I went through Officer Training with.

A tragic event for so very many - RIP guys.

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Old 30th Jan 2015, 19:31
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Spent a year at school with Paddy when we were nine/ten. Even then we had many long conversations planning our futures. He was always going light blue, and already had impressive knowledge of that service, I chose the darker shade. Our paths never crossed again but I have my memories. R.I.P Paddy and all on XV 179.
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 19:52
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another guy I went through Officer Training with.
You and me both, 125IOT, RIP Paddy.
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 19:56
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RIP ... we'll never forget your sacrifice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YVdeAsU_W8
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 19:57
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Though never a Hercules man, can I bang the same drum as Coff for the RAF Benevolent Fund. After the 1991 Canberra T4 accident at Wyton, The RAFBF were brilliant, and the support from Bob Barcilon, the Director, Welfare, absolutely outstanding. Thank you


RIP the crew of XV179, and peace to their families.
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 20:01
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Nice touch today, great crew will always remember them

Flypast honour for Hercules victims, 10 years on (From Swindon Advertiser)
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Old 30th Jan 2015, 20:09
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We saw the J going about its business today in commemoration of some fondly remembered friends I had the privilege to serve, and share tasking with. Our thoughts should be with their surviving families at this time, and hope that as the years go by the pain of their loss eases. RIP lads, we will remember you.

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Great memories of Gary and Gibbo will never be forgotten.
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Old 1st Feb 2015, 06:01
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RIP Steady and the guys, thoughts with those you left behind.
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Old 2nd Feb 2015, 19:13
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I had the pleasure of flying with most of the crew of Hilton 22 over the years and also had the honour to be part of the RIAT flypast that summer albeit flying a "J", I was number 4 nearest the crowd. I thought the commentator did a brilliant job and according to friends on the ground there was a lot of "dust in the air".

http://youtu.be/2SK3YV5E1ZQ



RIP Steady and crew.
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