Mark Reynolds was a student and Vince Hussell was his instructor on the Army Pilots' Course at Middle Wallop. On Thursday 29th May 2008 they were flying on the final exercise of the course which took place in the South West of England. During one of their training sorties their aircraft crashed
Their deaths come as an incredible shock to their friends and colleagues, and they will be deeply missed by their comrades at Middle Wallop and the wider Army Air Corps.
Mark Reynolds was a Lieutenant from the 1st The Queen Dragoon Guards who was transferring to the Army Air Corps and Vince Hussell was a Warrant Officer Class 2 with 2 (Training) Regiment, Army Air Corps.
Lt Mark Reynolds was 24 years old and from Aslockton near Nottingham. He attended Ampleforth College where he was Head of School and graduated from the University of Durham where he had studied Engineering.
On graduation from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst he completed an attachment to the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards as a Troop Leader, which included an Operational tour in Iraq on Op TELIC 8. He had keen sporting interests in Rugby, Tennis and Skiing.
Lt Col Mike Cubbin, Commanding Officer 2 Regiment Army Air Corps, said:
"Lieutenant Mark Reynolds was a bright and charming officer with a promising future. He was known for his dry wit, he kept the crew room entertained with his banter.
"He had been doing particularly well on this phase of his training and was looking forward to gaining his Army Pilots Wings, before converting onto the Gazelle helicopter. His long term ambition was to fly the Apache Attack Helicopter.
"He will be missed dearly and our thoughts are with his friends and family."
Lieutenant Reynolds' family have released the following statement:
"We are all hugely proud of Mark; of the person he was and of everything he accomplished. We are absolutely devastated at his sudden death and can only take solace in the fact that he died doing exactly what he wanted to do, in achieving his boyhood dream as a pilot in the Army Air Corps.
"We are grateful for all the support and kind words we have received from family and friends and respectfully ask for peace and quiet to come to terms with this tragic loss of someone so dear to us."