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Remembered by: Courtesy of The Daily Telegraph

Date added: 31 Oct 2010

Sergeant John Langton from Liverpool, serving 120 Squadron RAF, died on 2 September, 2006, aged 29, he was a Weapons Systems Operator serving in Afghanistan with Royal Air Force Kinloss.
Sgt Langton was described by the MoD as a highly professional RAF crew member who had joined 120 Squadron in 2005 after success as a Regiment gunner.
Sgt Langton was a passionate sportsman who loved football and excelled on the pitch. But his main love was fast cars and motorbikes, and he was a proud owner of a Yamaha R1.
He brought the same enthusiasm and talent to his career as a Front Line Aviator and his dream was to serve as a pilot with the RAF.
John Joseph Langton was born in June, 1977, in Liverpool. He joined the RAF as a Gunner in November, 1995.
Sgt Langton conducted tours at Royal Air Force Honnington with RAF Regiment No 2 Squadron and the Survive To Operate Centre.
His initial aircrew training took place at No 3 Flying Training School, RAF College Cranwell, where he qualified as an Air Electronics Operator.
In February, 2004, Sgt Langton was posted to No 42(R) Squadron Royal Air Force Kinloss, where he completed the Nimrod Operational Conversion Course.
In January, 2005, Sgt Langton joined the No 120 Squadron and deployed to Afghanistan the following year.
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 Sgt Langton and 11 other RAF Kinloss personnel.
Sgt Langton leaves behind his partner Kate, his parents Margaret and Joe, and his siblings Steve and Christine.
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."
He was remembered in a private service at St Austin's Catholic Church in Grassendale as an "effervescent character" who "loved his job".
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