Squadron Leader Sam Bailey RAF

It is with great sadness that 1239 (Broxbourne & Hoddesdon) Squadron has learned of the confirmation that one of the missing aircrew from the tragic incident involving two RAF Tornado aircraft on Tuesday 3rd July 2012 is a former cadet of the Squadron.

Squadron Leader Sam Bailey RAF, joined 1239 (Broxbourne & Hoddesdon) Squadron having transferred from Southend when he started an aeronautical engineering degree at the University of Hertfordshire. A keen flyer, he joined 616 Volunteer Gliding Squadron and reached the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer at 1239 Squadron before applying for his Commission and, ultimately becoming Officer Commanding of 1155 (Cheshunt) Squadron for a brief time, before fulfilling his ambition of joining the Royal Air Force in 1999.

Having completed navigator training, he joined XIII Squadron at RAF Marham in 2001, where he deployed on operations over Iraq. He was then posted to RAF Lossiemouth, XV (Reserve) Squadron as an instructor in 2004, subsequently serving on operations in Afghanistan.

Former cadets and staff of 1239 Squadron will remember Sam fondly as an excellent member of the Squadron, contributing greatly to the high morale, the hugely successful sports teams and especially the immense fun and humour enjoyed as part of the Squadron.

All of our thoughts are of course with his wife Fiona, daughter Erin and his friends and family at this sad time, but we would like to focus on the great achievements that Sam so much enjoyed during his life, particularly within the Air Cadet Organisation and his career in the Royal Air Force.