RAF station commander Tom Barrett, from Beaconsfield, dies in collision

This Is Local London: Group Captain Tom Barrett (centre) Group Captain Tom Barrett (centre)

A CYCLIST who died after a road collision with a van is understood to be an RAF station commander from Beaconsfield.

RAF Northolt has announced the death of Group Captain Tom Barrett, who died in hospital after the incident on the A40 in Hillingdon yesterday evening.

Married with two young daughters, Group Captain Barrett, 44, was involved in a collision with a white transit van opposite the RAF Northolt base at about 5pm.

His family, understood to live in Beaconsfield, have been informed, but formal identification and a post-mortem are yet to take place.

He was pronounced dead at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, at 9.20pm last night.

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

Colleague Air Vice Marshal Phil Osborn said: “Group Captain Barrett was a much loved and respected officer by all with whom he came into contact. Our sympathies are with his family at this difficult time.”

Wing Commander Jules Stilwell said: “Tom was an extraordinary person. 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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5:10pm Fri 11 Mar 11

drewm says...

R.I.P. Sir,

BFP please don't insult the Group Captain, both in your headline, your story and the caption beneath the photograph you have listed Group Captain Barrett's rank as "Captain", this is an army rank and does not exist in the Royal Air Force, Also, the equivalent rank in the Army to Group Captain is Colonel, about 3 ranks above Captain!
R.I.P. Sir, BFP please don't insult the Group Captain, both in your headline, your story and the caption beneath the photograph you have listed Group Captain Barrett's rank as "Captain", this is an army rank and does not exist in the Royal Air Force, Also, the equivalent rank in the Army to Group Captain is Colonel, about 3 ranks above Captain! drewm

5:28pm Fri 11 Mar 11

wayneo says...

RIP, tragic loss of life
RIP, tragic loss of life wayneo

7:46pm Fri 11 Mar 11

iomarin says...

RIP. Our thoughts are with your lovely wife and girls at this terrible and sad time in their lives. We send them love and strength. Beaconsfield Parents from St Marys.
RIP. Our thoughts are with your lovely wife and girls at this terrible and sad time in their lives. We send them love and strength. Beaconsfield Parents from St Marys. iomarin

3:04am Sat 12 Mar 11

N.O'Mahony says...

The tragic and untimely death of Tom has reminded us all just how fragile and precious life is. Let us all count our own blessings as we send our thoughts and prayers out to Sophie, Emily and Alice and all of their family. Rest in peace Tom, you will be sorely missed by many, a gentleman of note. On behalf of Saint Mary and All Saints Parents and Children. Lots of love.
The tragic and untimely death of Tom has reminded us all just how fragile and precious life is. Let us all count our own blessings as we send our thoughts and prayers out to Sophie, Emily and Alice and all of their family. Rest in peace Tom, you will be sorely missed by many, a gentleman of note. On behalf of Saint Mary and All Saints Parents and Children. Lots of love. N.O'Mahony

1:18pm Sat 12 Mar 11

Tony white says...

Having known the family for 50 years + we were devastated to hear this very sad news. Our thoughts and sympathy at this time are with his wife, daughters, sister and parents. A tragic end to a highly successful career and a life lived to the full.
Having known the family for 50 years + we were devastated to hear this very sad news. Our thoughts and sympathy at this time are with his wife, daughters, sister and parents. A tragic end to a highly successful career and a life lived to the full. Tony white

11:40am Sun 13 Mar 11

Scarletto says...

I wonder if he has a link with the Defence School of Languages at Wilton Park in Beaconsfield? It's a tri-service centre.
There are tributes here but it doesn't actually say where he has been based as commander of commandant.
Wilton Park has had RAF officers as commanders/commandan
ts in the past. Or perhaps he was based at Northolt?
I wonder if he has a link with the Defence School of Languages at Wilton Park in Beaconsfield? It's a tri-service centre. There are tributes here but it doesn't actually say where he has been based as commander of commandant. Wilton Park has had RAF officers as commanders/commandan ts in the past. Or perhaps he was based at Northolt? Scarletto

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