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Posted on Thursday 29th December

The Ministry of Defence announced today the death of Squadron Leader Anthony Downing RAF. He died on 23 December following an incident in Afghanistan.

Squadron Leader Downing was seriously wounded when the vehicle he was travelling in was caught in an explosion south of Kabul on Thursday, 22 December. He was flown back to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. His family were with him when he sadly died of his wounds.

The 34 year old who was known as Ant was an Engineering Officer in the Royal Air Force. He was professionally respected and hugely appreciated for his skills, and built a strong rapport with the Afghan soldiers and their British mentors.

Squadron Leader Downing leaves behind his parents, a brother, a girlfriend and a dedicated following of friends.

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