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RAF Valley Welfare Hub Named After Red Arrows Engineer

Corporal Jon Bayliss died in a crash in March 2018.

The Jon Bayliss Welfare Hub was opened at the RAF base in Wales (Picture: Royal Air Force).

A new welfare hub at RAF Valley has been named after a Red Arrows engineer who died last year.

Corporal Jon Bayliss lost his life in a crash at the station in March 2018 while completing a routine flight from RAF Valley to RAF Scampton in a Red Arrow Hawk.

Both his father and partner were present at the ceremony to unveil a plaque dedicated to him.

It was in the presence of RAF Valley personnel, fellow RAF Aerobatic Team engineers, and RAF Aerobatic Team pilots.

The Jon Bayliss Welfare Hub is to be used by RAF Valley personnel – military and civilian – their families and veterans to help them in a wide range of issues, many of which are caused by the unique demands of military service.

Welfare Hub Project Manager, and Officer Commanding Personnel Management Squadron, Squadron Leader Leah Richmond, said: "An opportunity arose to transform a building into an integrated welfare facility designed to be a one-stop shop to the whole force for all things welfare and community related."

“This building is the heartbeat of the community here at RAF Valley and it seemed fitting that Jon’s heartbeat will live on through this building and the support it provides our people for years to come."

Cpl Bayliss joined the Royal Air Force in 2001 and became a member of the Red Arrows team in January 2016.

In 2017 he became leader of the Red Arrows’ dye team and for 2018 had been selected to be a member of the circus team, which provides engineering support to aircraft away from base.