THE funeral took place on Monday of RAF Honington-based Senior Aircraftman Ryan Tomlin.
SAC Tomlin, of 2 Squardon RAF Regiment, died last month after being hit by small arms fire in Afghanistan. The funeral was held at St Mary’s Church, in Hemel Hempstead, his home town.
Group Captain Andy Hall, Station Commander RAF Honington, said afterwards: “This has been an immensely sad and poignant day for Ryan Tomlin’s family, RAF Honington and the Service. We have lost one of our up and coming stars – Ryan will be sadly missed.”
The 21-year-old was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. The RAF described him as: “A highly professional and skilful gunner who achieved all he set out to do in his three years in the Royal Air Force Regiment, SAC Tomlin became one of the rising stars of his squadron and regiment, and showed great potential for what promised to be the brightest of futures.”