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Service for fatal air-crash cadet

Katie-Jo Davies
Katie-Jo Davies was on her first flight experience when she was killed

The funeral service has been held of a teenage air cadet who was killed in a mid-air collision.

Katie-Jo Davies, 14, of Gilfach Goch in the Rhondda, was on a flight experience exercise over Porthcawl on 11 February.

Her cousin Nikkita Walters, 13, was in the other aircraft. Both girls and their pilots died in the air accident.

Katie-Jo's service was held at St Barnabas Church, Gilfach Goch, followed by burial at Trane Cemetery. Services for the others who died have been held.

The teenagers, who lived in the same village, were in two RAF Grob Tutor planes whose wings are believed to have touched before the fatal crash.

Pilots Wing Commander Hylton Price, 63, and Flight Lieutenant Andrew Marsh, 24, also died as the aircraft crashed into sand dunes at Kenfig Nature Reserve.

fin is carried into St Barnabas Church, Gilfach Goch
RAF pallbearers carried Katie-Jo's coffin into the church

The teenagers were cadets of 1004 Air Training Corps squadron based at Pontypridd.

Katie-Jo was on her first flight after joining just before Christmas.

The cousins were on a half-hour flight experience, and were passengers in planes that had taken off one minute apart.

At Katie-Jo's funeral service, RAF pallbearers carried her coffin into the church.

Pupils of Tonyrefail Comprehensive pupils, which both girls attended, formed a line of honour inside the school gates, while ATC cadets paraded at the church.

An RAF tutor aircraft overflew the cemetery, a flypast tribute which has been paid to the three other crash victims.

In a tribute released via South Wales Police, Katie-Jo's family described her as a "lively and impish girl and wonderful daughter who was loved by everyone".

ATC cadets at St Barnabas Church, Gilfach Goch
Cadets from Katie-Jo's ATC squadron formed a parade of honour

They said: "Her outgoing and warm personality was balanced by stubborn streaks that are typical of the teenage years. She will be terribly missed by us all.

"At school, Katie-Jo was a popular student and her enthusiasm was infectious.

"She loved the company of her extended family and when she joined the air cadets her horizons widened and she loved the life - she had even thought about the RAF as a future career prospect.

"Now, we are shocked, hurt and angry that we have lost Katie-Jo, and we are suffering the loss of Nikkita too."

The family said they were grateful for the support of their community, the police and the RAF.

Separate funeral services took place for Flt Lt Marsh and Nikkita on Tuesday.

A funeral service for retired Wing Cdr Price was held at the end of February.

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