Royal Air Force Coningsby and 3 (Fighter) Squadron must sadly announce the death of Air Specialist Class 1 (Technician) Craig Agar following a road traffic collision.
AS1(T) Agar joined the RAF in May 2017 at RAF Halton as an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic, graduating as an Avionics Technician from RAF Cosford in January 2018, before being posted to 31 Squadron at RAF Marham. He joined the Typhoon Force in February 2020 on 3(F) Squadron at RAF Coningsby. AS1(T) Agar has successfully completed several operational deployments, including an exemplary performance on Operation BILOXI last year.
A huge character at work, always full of enthusiasm, you were never in doubt as to when Craig was in the building. Craig was an avid Liverpool FC fan, despite coming from Hull where he was also a keen rugby supporter. His friends will never forget his excitement watching Liverpool beating Real Madrid in a Champions League match 2-0, only to lose 5-2.
Craig was a big fan of Indie music, and devoted to his dog, Chewy. It was an absolute pleasure to have Craig around and he was genuinely interested in his colleagues, always taking time to ask after their partners and children. He was always full of joy or mischief, and certainly knew how to brighten and hold the attention of everyone in the room.
Station Commander RAF Coningsby, Group Captain Billy Cooper said;
“As an entire Station we mourn deeply the loss of AS1 Craig Agar and our heartfelt thoughts go out to his family. As an aircraft technician on 3(Fighter) Squadron Craig was a highly respected professional; as a friend, colleague and team member Craig was loved by all. As technicians say, Craig had ‘the knack’ and that spread far beyond his engineering competency, he was a man who held a team together, got people through tough times and represented all that is good about the Royal Air Force - respect, integrity, service and excellence.”
Officer Commanding 3 (Fighter) Squadron, Wing Commander Frankie Buchler said;
“Craig was a hugely talented and enormously popular member of the 3(F) Sqn team, who had a very bright future ahead of him. We are all devastated with his loss and our thoughts are with his family during this tragic time.
Craig was a true warfighter at heart. He would constantly give his all to ensure the jets made it into the air on time, and always did so with a massive smile on his face that brightened the mood of all around him.
The world is a lesser place for his early departure, but his memory will live on through his family, friends, and colleagues on 3(F) Sqn; he will never be forgotten. “Tertius Primus Erit.”
AS1(T) Agar’s funeral will take place at Haltemprice Crematorium, Hull on Thursday 13th July 2023 at 2.30 PM. Family Flowers only please but donations for the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance may be left at the service.