Shoreham Airshow crash: The 11 victims

The 11 men who died in the Shoreham Airshow disaster
The 11 men who died in the Shoreham Airshow disaster

All 11 victims of the Shoreham Airshow disaster have been identified following the opening of the inquest into their deaths this morning (Wednesday September 2).

Tributes have been paid to the men who lost their lives when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed into the A27 at about 1.20pm on Saturday August 22.

Aged 76, Maurice Abrahams from Brighton was the oldest person to have died in the crash.

At the opening of the inquest it was revealed Mr Abrahams was last seen at 1pm when he left his home to drive to Worthing in his Daimler car.

His family said he was ‘well-respected and loved’.

Cyclists Dylan Archer, 42, from Brighton, and Richard Smith, 26, of Hove, left the Hove area at about 12.30pm on the day of the tragedy.

IT consultant Dylan and Richard, who worked in marketing and web development, were due to meet a friend for a ride in the South Downs.

The families of the two friends have paid heartfelt tributes to them.

NHS manager Tony Brightwell, 53, from Hove, held a pilot license and regularly attended Shoreham airfield to watch planes land and take off.

On the day of the disaster, he advised his fiancée he would be cycling to the Shoreham area to watch the air show from the side of the A27, it was revealed at the inquest.

“He was the love of my life, my soul mate and I am devastated that our plans of a life in the sun in a few years time won’t now happen.”

The football community in Sussex and beyond has united to pay tribute to friends Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, both 23.

They were occupants of a silver Vauxhall Corsa and were travelling to play for Worthing United in a football match against Loxwood.

Tributes have poured in for Mr Grimstone, a groundsman for Brighton and Hove Albion, and Mr Schilt, a delivery driver.

Fears that Daniele Polito of Goring had died along with his friend Matt Jones, 24, from Littlehampton, were confirmed at the onset of the inquest.

Mr Polito, 23, the youngest person to die in the crash, was a passenger in Mr Jones’ silver BMW. The construction workers are believed to have been travelling to the beach after leaving work.

A balloon release has been held to remember Mr Jones, while friends of Mr Polito feared he died in the crash.

Retired engineer Graham Mallinson from Newick was the last of the 11 to be formally identified.

At the inquest, it was revealed he was the owner of a Rover which was found parked and unattended on the A27. His son and neighbour advised he had driven to watch the air show. It is believed he parked the car and walked to watch the display.

‘Kind and the most generous man’ is how the 72-year-old has been described.

One of Mark Reeves’ favourite hobbies was taking photographs of planes at air shows.

The 53-year-old from Seaford, a computer-aided design technician, rode his yellow Honda motorcycle to Shoreham to watch the air show.

“We will remember him as a gentle, loving, incredibly giving family man.”

The last text message Mark Trussler sent to his fiancée was ‘I love you too, forever’.

The 54-year-old from Worthing, a window cleaner, rode his black Suzuki motorcycle to Shoreham. Following the crash, the motorbike was found at the scene.

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to the dad-of-six.

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