The airman killed in a road accident on the RAF Lossiemouth base has been named as Sergeant Peter Wildman MBE.
Sgt Wildman was killed when he was travelling on his motorcycle on the base on Tuesday evening. An investigation to establish the facts of the incident is under way by Police Scotland with assistance from the RAF Police.
The technician worked within C4I Support Squadron as an information technology communications specialist.
His commanding officer, Flying Officer Bradley Duguid, said: “Sergeant Peter Wildman MBE was an exceptionally gifted technician and Senior Non Commissioned Officer.
“He was one of the true characters within C4I Squadron – his loss to C4I Squadron and the RAF as a whole is immeasurable. At this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends and all those who knew and loved him.”
The Operations Wing Executive Officer at the base paid tribute to Sgt Wildman, explaining that he had joined the wing at Lossiemouth in October 2011 and had a “natural flair for leadership”.
He added: “Through his unswerving drive he ably led his Projects team, in whom he displayed an abiding pride, during a particularly busy period of transition for the Station.
“His untimely death has deeply struck the whole of Operations Wing and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this deeply distressing time.”
RAF Lossiemouth’s acting station commander is Wing Commander Sean Orr, who said that all personnel at the base had been left shocked and saddened by the loss of Sgt Wildman.
He said: “He was an exemplary Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, employed as an IT communications specialist, who played a key role in RAF Lossiemouth’s ongoing transition to Typhoon Operations.
“He will be greatly missed on the Station, particularly amongst the Service, Civil Service and Contract staff of C4I Squadron where he was an extremely popular leader.
“We are acutely aware that he leaves behind close family and friends, and the thoughts and prayers of our personnel go out to them at this most difficult time.
“The Station is in contact with the next of kin for Sergeant Peter Wildman. As I am sure you will understand, they have asked for a period of time to take in the news and inform extended family members before further details are released.
“The Royal Air Force intends to respect this and we would ask the media to do likewise.”