Squires, Allan James (Added at the bottom of the 4th Tablet)

Allan James Squires and John James Smart’s names were added to the bottom of the 4th Tablet of the WW2 War Memorial, they were not killed in the war but they were British Servicemen and their names were added at some time after their deaths and should be remembered.

Because their deaths are so recent, I am not looking into their family history, just adding to their pages what was published at that time, with thanks to the authors.

Operations in Afghanistan

Flight Lieutenant Allan James Squires killed in Afghanistan

It is with deep regret that the MOD must confirm the death of Flight Lieutenant Allan James Squires, killed following the crash of a Nimrod MR2 aircraft in Afghanistan on Saturday 2 September 2006.

Flight Lieutenant Allan Squires, pilot and captain

Flt Lt Allan Squires, 39, from Clatterbridge, was a universally loved and respected member of the Kinloss family. He was an exceptional pilot, aircraft captain and flying instructor whose experience and professionalism has touched a whole generation of Air Force pilots. Always willing to work hard, he loved his flying, along with the camaraderie and team spirit which he found as part of a Nimrod crew and the Royal Air Force.

Flight Lieutenant Squires RAF [Picture: Cpl D Lowe] (All rights reserved.)

Although outwardly quiet, Al had a real thirst for life. In sport, he was a gifted runner who trained hard and raced hard. However, Al’s greatest passion was his family. He was a devoted husband to Adele and a doting father to Abigail and Graeme. He will be truly missed.

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

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Also the result of the inquiry:- – Families of RAF Nimrod victims inspect replica plane.

The families of 14 men who died when their Nimrod RAF spy plane exploded mid-air in Afghanistan in 2006 are to examine an identical plane before the inquest into the deaths proceeds tomorrow.

The explosion, which resulted in the heaviest single loss of life for British forces since the Falklands war, happened only minutes after the reconnaissance aircraft refuelled near Kandahar, killing everyone on board.

An RAF inquiry into the loss of the plane found that the 37-year-old aircraft’s ageing components and a lack of modern fire suppressants helped cause the explosion on September 2 2006.

The most probable cause of the crash, it found, was an escape of fuel either caused by an overflow or leakage of fuel from the aircraft.

The crew had no option but to attempt an emergency landing. However, as they were doing so, the aircraft exploded at 914 metres (3,000ft) six minutes after the fire broke out.

The 12 RAF personnel killed in the incident were Flt Lt Steven Johnson, Flt Lt Leigh Anthony Mitchelmore, Flt Lt Gareth Rodney Nicholas, Flt Lt Allan James Squires, Flt Lt Steven Swarbrick, Flt Sgt Gary Wayne Andrews, Flt Sgt Stephen Beattie, Flt Sgt Gerard Martin Bell, Flt Sgt Adrian Davies, Sgt Benjamin James Knight, Sgt John Joseph Langton and Sgt Gary Paul Quilliam.

Lt Cpl Oliver Simon Dicketts, from the parachute regiment, and Royal Marine Joseph David Windall also died.

The court, including families of the victims, today visited RAF Brize Norton, where they were to view a plane similar to the one involved in the incident, and be able to see the engine partly stripped down.

At an earlier hearing at Oxford coroners court, the assistant deputy coroner, Andrew Walker, ordered that a number of documents be made available to lawyers representing the families, including transcripts of the aircraft’s mission tape, logbooks and a combustion report.

The inquest continues..

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He lived for the RAF and flying – A “DEDICATED” North Wales pilot was among the 14 servicemen killed when a Nimrod reconnaissance plane crashed in Afghanistan.

Flt Lt Allan James Squires died on Saturday when the aircraft came down 12 miles west of Kandahar.

It was the biggest single loss of British service personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq since hostilities began.

His mum and dad Brian and Anne Squires lived in Burntwood Road, Buckley, until about eight years ago when they moved to Colby, on the Isle of Man, where they have strong family ties.

Allan, a 39-year-old dad-of-two, was raised in Buckley and attended Hawarden High School.

Last night his parents were with their daughter-in-law Adele and grandchildren Abbie, seven, and four-year-old Graeme, at Nairn, in Scotland, where RAF Kinlossbased Allan lived.

His sister Sarah Morton, 36, who also lives on the Isle of Man, was flying to Scotland today to join the family when Allan’s body is repatriated.

Her husband Jason last night told how Allan and his family joined him and Sarah, their two young children Jack and Adam and Allan’s parents for a family holiday to Disneyworld in April.

The 34-year-old, of Creggan Mooar, Port St Mary, said: “Allan was in Iraq about March but in April we were able to have a family holiday.

“It was lovely that we had that time together,” added Jason.

“Allan was a very nice fella, very genuine and caring, it’s come as a hell of a shock.

“He will be very sadly missed. I’m sure lots of friends in North Wales will remember him.

“We don’t know whether Allan was piloting the Nimrod but he was a flight lieutenant P1 so he was qualified.

“Allan had served in Afghanistan before but he didn’t really talk about it. He loved the RAF and he loved flying. But he was a very private man – when he came home he kept his work separate. He was very dedicated.

“We have some nice memories of Allan. We have been taking phone calls from family and friends and everyone is finding it very difficult. It is a struggle.”

Allan’s dad Brian worked for Gulf Oil, in Ellesmere Port, before his retirement.

Adele’s parents George and Rose Sharpe live in Ewloe – where Rose works in the local post office. They have travelled to Scotland to be with their daughter.

Staff at Hawarden High School still remembered Allan more than 20 years on. Headmaster Malcolm Powell said: “I can remember him as a very bright lad. I taught him chemistry.

“Staff who remember him here recall him going on aschool ski trip and really going for it.

“He was that kind of lad who lived life to the full, enthusiastic to succeed. He certainly lived for the RAF, that was the only thing he wanted to do, go into the RAF.

“He was a member of the local ATC squadron. We also remember his wife Adele as a former pupil and our thoughts are very much with her and the rest of Allan’s friends and relatives.”

In 1984 the Daily Post reported how Allan, then a Hawarden High sixth former, qualified for his pilot’s licence just a few months after his 17th birthday.

He won an RAF-assisted scholarship for an intensive flying course at East Midlands Airport.

He completed the six weeks training and went solo after just six hours. Just a week before his flying lessons he passed his driving test.

The Nato RAF Nimrod MR2 came down in the south of Afghanistan on Saturday afternoon.

The reconnaissance aircraft issued an emergency call before disappearing from radar screens – having suffered what was thought to be a technical fault.

All those on board perished, including 12 RAF personnel from RAF Kinloss in Scotland, one Royal Marine and a soldier.

The crash brought the death toll of British Forces personnel in Afghanistan to 36 since the start of operations in November, 2001.

Allan was obviously loved and missed by his family so they added his name to the WW2 War Memorial, they wanted him to be remembered in perpetuity.




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