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RAF Northolt Station Commander killed in cycle crash

Tom Barrett
Image caption Group Captain Tom Barrett was the Station Commander at RAF Northolt

The Station Commander at RAF Northolt has been killed in a traffic collision in west London.

Group Captain Tom Barrett was involved in a crash with a Ford Transit van while cycling on the A40 in Hillingdon, west London, on Thursday.

The driver of the van stopped at the scene of the crash. He has not been arrested, police said.

The 45-year-old, of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, was described as a "respected officer".

The married father-of-two had also served as Aide-de-camp (ADC) to the Queen before joining the team at RAF Northolt.

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."

Wing Commander Jules Stilwell, Officer Commanding 32 (The Royal) Squadron, said: "We were privileged to have had him as our Station Commander and the Royal Air Force is a poorer place without him."

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