May 18, 2020 2.11 pm This story is over 48 months old

Soldiers pose naked on Red Arrows memorial jet after “drunken party”

Their behaviour has caused quite a stir

Three soldiers caused controversy on social media after stripping naked and climbing onto a retired Red Arrows plane used as a memorial at RAF Scampton.

As first reported by The Sun, three soldiers on COVID-19 testing duty – Colour Sergeant “Tats” Taylor, Corporal Shane Woods and Private Anthony Panton – posed naked on a retired Hawk T1 Red Arrows plane.

The trio, from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, were said to have been at RAF Scampton whilst running mobile coronavirus testing. It is alleged that they had been at a boozy party after ten days of coronavirus testing duty.

They are pictured posing next to a memorial brass plaque of two dead airmen who had died in separate incidents in 2011 – Flight Lieutenants Jon Egging and Sean Cunningham.

According to reports, they had been given alcohol as a token of appreciation by a local council before Sgt Taylor posted photos next to a laughing emoji, where he joked “think we took over RAF Scampton”.

The original post on Facebook appears to have since been deleted.

An Army spokesman told The Sun: “This behaviour clearly contradicts the discipline we ask personnel to display. We will deal with the matter accordingly.”