FU­NERAL FOR RAF CRASH VIC­TIM

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Hodg­son

Red Ar­rows en­gi­neer laid to rest af­ter Val­ley tragedy:

HUNDREDS of mourn­ers turned out to say a fi­nal farewell to an RAF en­gi­neer who died in a Red Ar­rows crash on An­gle­sey.

Cor­po­ral Jonathan Bayliss was killed when the Hawk T1 air­craft he was fly­ing in crashed at RAF Val­ley on March 20.

Around 150 peo­ple, in­clud­ing his fam­ily, friends and fel­low Red Ar­row team mem­bers and RAF of­fi­cers, gath­ered at Lin­coln Cathe­dral for his fu­neral.

Hundreds of peo­ple lined the streets in a fi­nal salute to the ded­i­cated and proud 41-year-old en­gi­neer, who had dreamed of be­ing in the RAF for most of his life.

Two Typhoon jets from 41 Squad- ron of RAF Con­ingsby – a unit where Cor­po­ral Bayliss had worked dur­ing his ca­reer – per­formed a fly­past be­fore the ser­vice be­gan.

There was also a guard of hon­our as pall­bear­ers car­ried Cor­po­ral Bayliss’ cof­fin, which was draped with a Union flag and adorned with white flow­ers, into the cathe­dral.

The ser­vice was led by the Rev­erend (Squadron Leader) Rachel Cook, Royal Air Force, and fea­tured hymns, prayers and po­etry and a num­ber of trib­utes were paid by his col­leagues. The Last Post was also sounded. Fol­low­ing the ser­vice, the Red Ar­rows tweeted: “The Royal Air Force Aer­o­batic Team would like to thank every­one who has sent con­do­lence mes­sages fol­low­ing this tragic loss.”

Cor­po­ral Bayliss had been a part of the Red Ar­rows team since 2016 and had sup­ported suc­cess­ful tours to the Far East, Mid­dle East and Europe.

The pi­lot of the air­craft was Red 3 – Flight Lieu­tenant David Stark, who man­aged to eject from the air­craft mo­ments be­fore it hit the ground.

He has since been dis­charged from hos­pi­tal.

Hundreds turn out for the fu­neral of Cor­po­ral Jonathan Bayliss, inset

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