Flt Sgt Stephen Beattie



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Flight Sergeant Stephen Beattie died on 2 September, 2006 aged 42, he was a Weapon Systems Operator serving in Afghanistan with Royal Air Force Kinloss.
Flt Sgt Beattie was a well-loved member of his Regiment. In a career lasting more than 20 years, he earned the respect of his colleagues with his courage, professionalism and 'heart of gold'. He could always be relied upon to raise morale, with his infectious sense of humour and positive spirit.
Flt Sgt Beattie was a devoted family man who even turned down a commission that would have disrupted family life.
Stephen Beattie, from Dundee, had wanted to join the RAF since he was young and spent his youth in the Air Training Corps. He completed his private pilot's licence at Perth aerodrome before joining the Air Force.
Flt Sgt Beattie was a very proud member of 120 Squadron at RAF Kinloss, based in Moray, Scotland, and served on numerous Operational Tours around the world. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2006.
On 2 September, 2006, he was taking part in a major offensive against the Taliban near Kandahar when the Nimrod MR2 aircraft he was flying in crashed, killing Flt Sgt Beattie and 11 other RAF Kinloss personnel.
A soldier, Lance Corporal Oliver Simon Dicketts, and Royal Marine Joseph David Windall, were also killed in the crash.
The 37-year-old Nimrod aircraft had just completed a routine air-to-air refuelling and the crew reported a fire on board shortly before the crash.
Flt Sgt Beattie leaves behind his wife Shona and children Bethany and Cameron.
Mrs Beattie said: "He was the best guy you could ever get. He was just such a fantastic husband and a marvellous father. He was a great humorous guy with lots of one-words, one-liners that just put everybody into laughter, as well as being a very sensible and stable person at the same time. He was such a great guy that nothing will replace him."
Station Commander Group Captain Chris Birks expressed his sadness at the tragedy: "I am very deeply saddened about the deaths of 12 air crew from Royal Air Force Kinloss in a Nimrod accident over Afghanistan. All 12 were from Number 120 Squadron based here at Kinloss. All were long serving and experienced air crew. As well as first class personnel these were colleagues and friends of myself and my other personnel. The station is in mourning."
Wing Commander Martin Cannard, Officer Commanding 120 Squadron, said: "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."

Added by: Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph on 1st November 2010.

 

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