STAFF at RAF Northolt are mourning the loss of their much loved and respected Station Commander.

Group Captain Tom Barrett was involved in a road traffic accident on the evening of March 10.

He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital Paddington where he was pronounced dead.

Group Captain Barrett was married with two young daughters.

Air Officer Commanding 2 Group, Air Vice Marshal Phil Osborn said: “Group Captain Barrett was a much loved and respected officer by all with whom he came into contact. Our sympathies are with his family at this difficult time.”

Wing Commander Jules Stilwell, Officer Commanding 32 (The Royal) Squadron, said, “Tom was an extraordinary person. We were privileged to have had him as our Station Commander and the Royal Air Force is a poorer place without him.”