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RAF engineer killed in crash named as Corporal Jonathan Bayliss from Dartford

PUBLISHED: 18:09 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:28 22 March 2018

An RAF engineer killed when a Red Arrows jet crashed on Tuesday, March 20, has been named as Corporal Jonathan Bayliss, from Dartford.

Corporal Bayliss was on the Hawk T1 when it crashed at RAF Valley in Anglesey at 1.30pm.

The pilot, Flight Lieutenant David Stark, is receiving medical care after sustaining non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses reported seeing someone eject from the aircraft with a parachute before it crashed into the ground.

Colleagues paid tribute to Corporal Bayliss, who was 41.

He was part of the Red Arrows’ group of travelling support engineers, known as the “Circus”.

Sergeant Will Allen, leader of the travelling engineers, said: “Jon had the ability to motivate and inspire a team and those around him – no matter the rank, role or person.

“He was so proud to have been chosen to join the Circus team for 2018 and had fulfilled a schoolboy dream.

“Jon had a big a presence on the squadron and with his wide, beaming smile, and dry humour, could lighten up any dull moment or lift spirits when needed.

“Both inside and outside of work, he was a generous, kind and caring man who could also always be relied upon.”

Squadron leader Richard Bland, senior engineering officer of the Red Arrows, said: “Everyone on the team has a great story about Jon and, without exception, he was known as a top bloke. At the same time, Jon was the ultimate professional and embodiment of excellence.”

Corporal Baylis was born in Dartford and grew up in Hartley, before he completed a course in engineering management at the University of Greenwich.

A police investigation and a full service inquiry has been initiated.

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