Final Shoreham crash victim the 'kindest and most generous man'

Retired engineer from East Sussex was 'at the right place at the wrong time'


The last victim of the Shoreham air disaster to be named has been described by his family as the "kindest and most generous man".

Graham Mallinson, a 72-year-old retired engineer from Newick in East Sussex, was watching the airshow from the A27 when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet failed to pull out of a loop stunt and crashed onto the busy trunk road, exploding into a fireball and killing 11 people.

His family said in a statement: "He was the kindest and most generous man, who regularly gave his time to help others.

"Always loyal and reliable, he was a private and loving family man with a great sense of humour.

"A very caring husband and father who was dearly loved, he will be very sorely missed by all his family and the wide circle of friends who had the good fortune to know him."

A life member and active volunteer of the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex, he had recently developed an interest in photographing vintage aircraft and was at Shoreham to capture one of the last flights of the Vulcan bomber.

His family said: "He was at the right place at the wrong time, doing what he loved best on a beautiful summer's day."

The tribute was released as the inquest into the deaths of the victims was opened at County Hall North in Horsham, West Sussex.

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