Paul Twitchell, Operating Department Orderly in SaTH’s Main Theatres
Squadron: I spent the majority of my 23-year RAF career on 5131 (Bomb Disposal) Squadron
Served: I served 3 operational tours in Iraq on Op Telic. I also served in Oman, Kuwait, Falkland Islands, Canada, US, Germany, Cyprus and Italy.
I spend the 11th hour in quiet remembrance of my mates who fell during my military career, their commitment to Queen and country must never be forgotten but also the memories of their shining lives must continue. I remember Crofty’s infectious laughter, I remember Rik’s smile as he gave me a left hook during boxing training, I remember Si and Luke’s professionalism before that fateful mission, I remember the glint in Andrew’s eyes during his final helicopter flight, I remember Jo’s terrible jokes and Lee’s immature pranks. There are many more who I have the proud privilege to remember on a personal note and I hug them in my mind on the 11th hour. One day I will meet them again in the great NAAFI bar in the sky but for now I wear my poppy to let them know I will never forget them.