Update - 21st December 2011

Competition to design Jon Egging Memorial is launched

All Bournemouth schools have now been invited to submit their pupils’ ideas and designs for a Memorial to Red Arrow pilot Jon Egging. Flt Lt Egging tragically lost his life when his plane crashed in fields in the north of the Borough on 20 August this year, after displaying at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Schools have until 8 February to submit up to three designs each. Jon’s widow Emma, along with his mother Dawn, close family friend James Godley and Red Arrow pilots Dave Davies (Red 8) and Ben Plank (Red 6) will be choosing the winning design shortly afterwards.

The Memorial will be situated on the cliff top slightly west of the central flying 'Datum Line', at a location picked by Emma and Dawn during a recent visit to Bournemouth. The site is opposite the junction of Meyrick Road and East Overcliff Drive, adjacent to the path to the East Cliff lift, an area known as the East Rockery.

Experienced artists are also being invited to express their interest in making the final design a reality. They are being asked to do so by 16 January 2012. More details of the brief can be found at www.bournemouth.gov.uk/joneggingmemorial

Dr Emma Egging said: "The strength of feeling expressed by people in Bournemouth following Jon's death was so moving. I have been overwhelmed by the support of the town and it feels right that his memory should live on there. The location we have chosen for the Memorial has happy memories for me of time spent with Jon, it has a stunning backdrop out to sea, and of course is a popular viewing spot for the Red Arrow displays during the Air Festival."

Councillor Chris Rochester, Mayor of Bournemouth, said: "This Memorial will serve as a long-standing mark of respect from the people of Bournemouth. It was clear from the moment this tragedy occurred that both residents of and visitors to Bournemouth hold the Red Arrows in the highest possible regard. We know that people want somewhere where they can pay their respects, and pause to remember the magnificent displays that Flt Lt Egging was part of, and I am pleased that the Council is able to make that happen for Emma, Dawn and Jon's friends and colleagues."

A team of professionals from the Council, including staff from arts development, schools liaison, parks, seafront and planning, are working with Jon's family, friends and colleagues to make sure the Memorial is a fitting tribute to Jon, whilst being in keeping with a cliff top location in a conservation area.

The designs will be displayed at Bournemouth Library in the spring, and the Memorial itself will be in place in time for the 2012 Air Festival.

Update - 26th September 2011

Proposed Clifftop Memorial


Together with my ward colleague Cllr Anne we have tried to put forward what we thought would in some way be a very befitting small tribute to the memory of Jon, within the village, not ours but those expressed to us. But it was very clear from the one meeting yesterday [Wednesday 21st September 2011] which I add was after the meeting with Emma and Jons mother along with Red 8 David Davies on the Tuesday [20th] with the Mayor and council leader.

Apparently Emma has sight of the likely discussion paper, but the Strong feeling from the family was that there should not be a memorial at or in the vicinity of the crash site, which clearly then meant the suggestion of the naming of the possible replacement Weir Bridge and other suggestions were not carried forward, one has to totally accept the heart felt wishes of Emma and the family on this, the suggestion of a permanent memorial on the East Overcliff, close to the Datum [flying] line is one that Emma has wished to be taken forward.

Both Anne and myself do TOTALLY respect Emma and the families wishes as it has to be a celebration of Jons Life and not his tragic death.

Both here Anne and myself support fully the comments by Mark Smith, RON.

E-mail from Mark Smith to Councillor Ron Whittaker

22nd September 2011


Dear Councillor Whittaker,

Thank you for attending the Jon Egging Memorial Steering Group meeting yesterday and for conveying so clearly the genuine thoughts and positive suggestions from residents in your Ward. With your detailed knowledge of this matter it was helpful that you were also able to represent the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Independent Groups on the Council.

As Director of Tourism with responsibility for issues connected with the Bournemouth Air Festival, I wanted to write to keep your residents informed about the wishes of the Egging family regarding the memorial options.

I can summarise their feelings so soon after the accident as wanting to concentrate on celebrating the life of Jon Egging. It is very clear that the family would gain most comfort from developing a clifftop memorial since this was where there are strong positive memories of his personal and professional qualities. As discussed at the meeting, the family expressed a view that it would be too distressing for them to see a memorial at or near the crash site.

The family have been quite overwhelmed by the great consideration and extensive tributes that have come from the people of Bournemouth. I know from all your emails just how concerned the local residents in Throop have been to support the family’s wishes in the most appropriate way.

I hope that you will be able to pass on the thanks of the family for this great support and generosity and at the same time explain that the best way we can help the family is to understand their need to focus attention away from the area of the crash.

For your information I have attached a copy of the public press release that has been issued by the Council.

Kind regards,

Mark Smith

Director of Tourism and Corporate Communications, Bournemouth Borough Council

Update - 22nd August 2011

E-mail from Councillors Ron Whittaker and Anne Rey to Chief Executive of Bournemouth Council

21st August 2011

Fallen arrow memorial

Chief Executive,

Having received further requests from Residents of the village, both Cllr Anne and myself will start the request from Caroline read with a £100 TOWARDS the village [residents] request for a very suitable memorial plaque which hopefully can show in detail some details of Flight LIEUTENANT Jon Egging, and a small Red Arrow plane, should Plaque tribute to be placed within a cut-out Purbeck stone which the plaque could seat comfortable within the stone work.

Fully appreciate such talks will have to be held with the RAF Central Flying School and Jon commanding officer, including his wife and family, and the landowner where we would like such a memorial stone / plaque placed.

As this has been raised by Caroline Read on behalf of many residents in Throop VILLAGE, all involvement has to include Caroline.


Councillor Ron Whittaker.

Councillor Anne Rey.

Statement regarding loss of Red Four Pilot, Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging - Issued on behalf of Bournemouth Borough Council and the Bournemouth Air Festival

Mayor of Bournemouth Councillor Chris Rochester said, "I cannot express strongly enough the immense sympathy I have, both personally and on behalf of the people of Bournemouth, for the family of Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging. In particular I send my heartfelt condolences to his wife Emma, following this dreadful accident. Every account I have heard of Flight Lieutenant Egging, describes him as a man of extreme bravery, integrity and honour, held in the highest regard by all those who knew him. The RAF has clearly lost an exceptional pilot and his family a man who was loved and cherished. My sincere condolences are extended to his family, friends and colleagues."

Council Leader Councillor Peter Charon said, "I was privileged enough to see Flight Lieutenant Egging display as Red Four both today and yesterday.

"I have arranged for Bournemouth Council to open two Books of Condolence for people to express their sympathy and record memories. The Mayor of Bournemouth and myself will be opening these books tomorrow morning at 10am at Bournemouth Town Hall, recording our sympathies on behalf the Town and the Council respectively."

The Books will be available for signing at Bournemouth Town Hall from 10am to 8pm on Sunday 21st August, and every day this week (22nd – 26th August), from 8.30am until 5.15pm. A collection box for donations will also be available. The Books will be passed to Flight Lieutenant Egging’s family and collected donations will be given to their chosen charity.

People wishing to leave floral tributes are invited to place these on the grass banks surrounding the Town Hall.

Mark Smith, Head of Bournemouth Tourism, said, "I want to say what a tragic event this is, and our thoughts go to his family at this awful time. The Red Arrows had performed at the Bournemouth Air Festival earlier in the day and had entertained the crowds with a truly magnificent and magical display. It is the wishes of the RAF to continue with their other flying displays at the Air Festival tomorrow, and the pilots have expressed their wishes to continue. The Red Arrows will not be performing."

Air Festival Press Office: Tel: 07999 216041

The MOD has issued the following statement this evening:


It is with sadness that the MOD must confirm the death of Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging of the Royal Air Force Aerobatics Team (The Red Arrows). Flight Lieutenant Egging was killed when his Hawk T1 aircraft – Red 4 – crashed around 1km South East of Bournemouth Airport at 1350 on Saturday 20 August 2011.

A full Service Inquiry into the details of the crash has been initiated. It would be inappropriate to speculate on the causes of the incident at this time.

Group Captain Simon Blake, the Commandant of the RAF's Central Flying School, said:

"Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, known as 'Eggman', joined the Team as Red 4 in the Autumn of 2010. A gifted aviator, he was chosen to fly in the Red 4 slot, on the right hand outside of the famous Diamond Nine formation - an accolade in itself being the most demanding position allocated to a first year pilot. Throughout his winter training and the display season to date, his professionalism, skill and humility have shone through.

"A true team player, his good nature and constant smile will be sorely missed by all. In such a close knit team, this tragedy will be keenly felt by his fellow team members, the Reds and all of the engineering and support staff, the Blues."

Air Vice Marshal Mark Green, Air Officer Commanding 22 (Training) Group, said:

"I first met Flt Lt Jon Egging in 2003 when I became his Station Commander. Even at that early stage in his career, Jon's professionalism, competence and ever present smile made him stand out from the crowd. Hence, his eventual selection for duties with the Red Arrows came as no surprise. His time with the Team was typified by the characteristics that were Jon's trademark: professionalism, enthusiasm for life and a willingness to help others that transcended all boundaries. Jon will be sorely missed by all those that had the privilege to know him; our thoughts and prayers are with Jon's family and friends at this tragic time."

Flight Lieutenant Egging, aged 33 from Rutland, flew the Harrier GR9 before joining the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team. Jon became interested in flying at an early age, inspired by his airline pilot father who used to take him 'down route', allowing him into the cockpit for take off and landing. Jon is survived by his wife, Emma.

He attended Southam School in Warwickshire gaining A-Levels in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. He was a member of 2028 (Southam) Sqn Air Training Corps from age 13. During the sixth form he was awarded a Royal Air Force Flying Scholarship and had his first solo flight in a Cessna 152 flying from Wellesbourne Mountford Aerodrome. Following a gap year spent working in the UK and travelling around Australia, Jon went on to read a BSc in Environmental Science at Southampton University. He joined Southampton University Air Squadron and was awarded a Royal Air Force Bursary in his second year.

Whilst at University Jon completed Elementary Flying Training with the University Air Squadron, flying the Bulldog; he went on to join the Royal Air Force in 2000. Selected for fast jet training Jon flew the Tucano and Hawk before becoming a 'Creamie' Qualified Flying Instructor on the Hawk at Royal Air Force Valley, teaching both students and instructors. Jon went on to serve with IV(AC) Squadron - 'Happy IV' - based at Royal Air Force Cottesmore, flying the Harrier GR9.

During his time on the front line Jon was proud to support coalition ground forces when flying operational missions in Afghanistan. He has also taken part in exercises in the United Kingdom and America. As part of Joint Force Harrier, Jon served with IV(AC) Squadron on HMS Illustrious, flying training missions off the UK coastline. He became the Squadron Qualified Flying Instructor during his last year on 'Happy IV', making the transition to teach on the Harrier Operational Conversion Unit, based at Royal Air Force Wittering, in April 2010.

Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, said:

"It was with great sadness that I heard of the death of Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging whilst performing with the Red Arrows today. He was a gifted aviator who was selected for one of the most demanding flying jobs in the RAF. Joining the Red Arrows was his lifetime ambition and he performed with great skill whilst on the team. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Emma and his family and friends at this terrible time."