The same weekend three senior aircraftmen
were cut to pieces in a mortar attack at Basra airport.
TEENAGER Gareth Buckley (right) was among 25 young men who graduated as leading aircraftmen
gunners in a ceremony at RAF Honington.
Flt Sgt Sid Owens celebrated his 50th birthday with his sons, Senior Aircraftmen
Jonathan, 23, and 19year-old Neil after they were flown into the Iraqi capital from their base in Basra especially to surprise him.
Gary Thompson, 51, and Graham Livingstone, 23, Senior Aircraftmen
in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, died when a Land Rover hit an anti-tank mine outside the Nato base in Kandahar.
The occupants of the Peugeot, senior aircraftman Mr Paul Starling, aged 21, and aircraftmen
Mr Jason Wythe and Mr Ian Fletcher, both aged 18, died in the crash.