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Flt Lt Allan Squires

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Remembered by: Courtesy of The Daily Telegraph

Date added: 31 Oct 2010

Flight Lieutenant Allan Squires died on 2 September, 2006, aged 39, he was serving in Afghanistan as a pilot and captain of a Nimrod from Royal Air Force Kinloss.
Flt Lt Squires was passionate about flying and loved his job in the RAF. He was widely respected by his Kinloss colleagues and had a reputation for his hard work and commitment to the Regiment.
Despite his quiet nature, Flt Lt Squires was enormously popular and an inspiration to new recruits. He had a real zest for life and was a gifted athlete.
Allan James Squires came from Clatterbridge, Merseyside, and was described by his colleagues as an 'exceptional pilot'.
He was a member of 120 Squadron at RAF Kinloss, based in Moray, Scotland, who deployed to Afghanistan in 2006.
On 2 September, 2006, he was taking part in a major offensive against the Taliban near Kandahar when the Nimrod MR2 aircraft he was flying in crashed, killing him and 11 other RAF Kinloss personnel.
The Nimrod aircraft had just completed a routine air-to-air refuelling and the crew reported a fire on board shortly before the crash.
Colleagues say that Flt Lt Squires' biggest passion was his family. He leaves behind his wife Adele and two children Abigail and Graeme.
A day of mourning was declared at RAF Kinloss.
Station Commander Group Captain Chris Birks expressed his sadness at the tragedy: "I am very deeply saddened about the deaths of 12 air crew from Royal Air Force Kinloss in a Nimrod accident over Afghanistan. All 12 were from Number 120 Squadron based here at Kinloss. All were long serving and experienced air crew. As well as first class personnel these were colleagues and friends of myself and my other personnel. The station is in mourning."
Wing Commander Martin Cannard, Officer Commanding 120 Squadron, said: "120 Squadron has suffered a profound loss. We have lost good friends and colleagues, many known personally to us over many years. I have been humbled by the commitment and determination of all of my people to do all that they can for those that have lost loved ones and friends and this will be our sole focus in the coming days."

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