Vince Hussell was the instructor and Mark Reynolds was a student 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.
Vince Hussell was a Warrant Officer Class 2 with 2 (Training) Regiment, Army Air Corps and Mark Reynolds was a Lieutenant from the 1st The Queen Dragoon Guards who was transferring to the Army Air Corps.
Warrant Officer Vince Hussell was a veteran pilot with over 2,000 hours experience. He was from Marton-le-Moor near Ripon. He was 36 years old and married with three sons.
He enlisted in 1989 and joined the Army Air Corps. He gained his Army Pilots Wings on 11 December 1998 as a Corporal and gained his first operational experience in Northern Ireland.
He had served in Germany and the UK and recently joined the Regiment as a Helicopter Instructor following two successful operational flying tours in Afghanistan where he flew the Apache Attack Helicopter. A keen footballer he gave up much of his free time at weekends training his local under 8 years old football team.
Lt Col Mike Cubbin, Commanding Officer 2 Regiment Army Air Corps, said:
"We have sadly lost a great pilot. Vince was a quiet, private man who lived for his family, he was affectionately known as 'Happy Vince' to his colleagues in the Sergeants' Mess.
"Recently promoted to Warrant Officer, he was a popular member of the team and we will miss him greatly. Our thoughts are with his friends and family."
WO2 Hussell's widow, Liz Hussell, said:
"This tragedy has come as a deep shock and devastating blow not only to us, his family, but to his wider family and friends. Vince was a loving husband and father devoted to his family."