It is with deep regret that the MOD must confirm the death of Flight Sergeant Adrian Davies, who was killed following the crash of a RAF Nimrod MR2 aircraft in Afghanistan on Saturday 2 September 2006.
Flight Sergeant Ady Davies, Air Engineer
Flight Sergeant Adrian “Ady” Davies, 49 and from Amersham, Bucks, was a dedicated family man, a loving husband and a father of four children.
In his time in the RAF he had served on both the Nimrod R1 and MR2, amassing some 7,000 hours in the air, including various appointments in an instructional role.
Ady was the epitome of the professional aviator and excelled in everything he did; a quiet person but always there with a smile, a handshake and a tip for a colleague.
His home and its ongoing renovation was always his dream and absorbed his time when he was not pursuing his flying career.
As the match secretary for the Forres Blue Fins, Ady coached many a young swimmer, including two of his daughters. Driving the length of the country to watch his daughters compete was never a problem for him. Ady will be sadly missed by all those that knew him.
Shortly after the incident RAF Kinloss Station Commander Group Captain Chris Birks said:
I am very deeply saddened about the deaths of twelve air crew from Royal Air Force Kinloss in a Nimrod accident over Afghanistan. All twelve were from Number 120 Squadron based here at Kinloss. All were long serving and experienced air crew and were known to me personally.
As well as first class personnel these were colleagues and friends of myself and my other personnel. The station is in mourning. The main priority now is to provide support for the families of those lost, their friends and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Officer Commanding 120 Squadron, based at RAF Kinloss, Wing Commander Martin Cannard, added:
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.
Published: 3 September 2006
From: Ministry of Defence