Midlands servicemen killed in helicopter crash repatriated

Two British servicemen from the Midlands who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan are repatriated today. Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas and Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan were among five men killed.

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Poignant ceremony as five servicemen are repatriated

Mourners paid their respects. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Family and friends watched a poignant ceremony as five British servicemen killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan were repatriated to the UK. Hundreds of people gathered in the sunshine at Carterton, Oxon, to pay their respects to the fallen personnel as they returned to British soil.

Friends and family laid flowers. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Family members then lined the road on Norton Way, clutching flowers including red and white roses, lilies, brightly coloured tulips and yellow daffodils. The street fell silent at 4.52pm, when the bell tolled to mark the arrival of the servicemen's families at the Memorial Garden.

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Repatriation of soldiers killed in Afghan helicopter crash

The repatriation of the five man killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, two of which were from the Midlands, is due to take place today.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan Credit: Ministry of Defence

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, from Leicestershire, and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, from Herefordshire, died in a helicopter accident on 26 April.

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas

Their bodies are due to be brought back to RAF Brize Norton this afternoon, where a private ceremony will take place, before a cortege makes its way to a memorial garden in Oxford.

Vigil for two Midlands soldiers killed in helicopter crash

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan Credit: Ministry of Defence

Prayers will be said at a vigil for two RAF officers from the Midlands who were among five soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan from Birmingham and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas from Hereford will be remembered at a multi-faith vigil at the Shree Sanatan Mandir.

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas Credit: Ministry of Defence

Kishor Chauhan, Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan's father, has described his son in an emotional interview as "extremely active, charismatic, charming and very witty".

The Ministry of Defence say the crash was a tragic accident.

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Pictures of Midlands servicemen killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas Credit: Ministry of Defence

Tributes have been paid to two British servicemen from the Midlands who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas and Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan were among five men killed in what the Ministry of Defence is calling a "tragic accident".

A military investigation is now underway.

Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan Credit: Ministry of Defence

Hereford soldier one of five killed in helicopter crash

A soldier from Hereford is one of the five armed forces personnel killed after their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas was on the Lynx helicopter when it went down in Kandahar 30 miles from the Pakistani border on Saturday morning.

The Ministry of Defence say it was a tragic accident.

Birmingham RAF officer, Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan was killed on the helicopter.

Birmingham RAF officer dies in Afghan helicopter crash

Tributes to Birmingham RAF officer who died in the Afghan helicopter crash Credit: ITV News Central

Tributes have been paid to an RAF intelligence officer from Birmingham who has died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Flt Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan was one of five victims when a Lynx helicopter went down on Saturday morning.

The Ministry of Defence say it was a tragic accident.

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