Wife pays tribute to ‘darling’ husband killed in ‘tragic’ collision in Needham Market

Mike Ashton ANL-160804-113244001
Mike Ashton ANL-160804-113244001

A woman whose husband - an RAF reservist - was killed in a ‘tragic’ collision has spoken of her ‘heartbreak’.

Mike Ashton, 47, of Hitcham, was a front seat passenger in a Peugeot 206 which was involved in a collision with a Ford Mondeo on the B1078 Barking Road, in Needham Market, on March 15 at about 8.45pm. He died at the scene.

In a statement released through Suffolk Police, his wife Angela paid tribute to her ‘darling husband’, who worked at RAF Wattisham and was an RAF Reservist as a Flying Officer with 1287 (Wattisham) Squadron, Air Training Corps.

She said: “You were taken from me so quickly, in a tragic way. My heart is broken. No words will ever be able to explain the way I feel.

“All I can say is that I miss you, I love you millions and I will always miss and love you. You have given me the best thing ever: your love, commitment and your family.

“You are my soul mate for eternity. All I can say is that I hope you are at peace with your mum and grandad now baby. Forever you will remain my hubby, my soul mate, my lover. And when my time is up we will be one again. Fly with the angels darling and forever you shall remain in my heart and memories. All my love always.”

Mr Ashton was a member of the air training corps for 1331 Squadron in Stowmarket aged 13 to 20.

He joined 1287 Wattisham in 2010 as a civilian instructor and was commissioned as a reservist in June 2012. He was later appointed as officer in command of 1287 squadron.

His wife added: “Mike loved his time with the ATC and was devoted to helping young members achieve along with staff members. His love for flying in different aircraft was very apparent for those who knew Mike.

“He was very proud of the ATC and RAF. This passion was from when he was little. His grandad Arthur Ashton was a pilot and his dad Phil Ashton also has a love for aircraft. When Mike was a boy he and his brothers would push bike up to Wattisham and watch the aircraft all day long.

“Mike always wished he had joined the RAF when he was younger but becoming a reservist in the last few years meant so much to him and I believe him being in that role meant a lot to those he had helped too.”

Following the collision, police said the drivers of both vehicles - a man aged in his 20s who was driving the Ford and a woman in her early 30s who was driving the Peugeot - were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses. Call 101 quoting CAD number 353 of March 15.