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The Repatriation of Cpl Michael John Thacker, from 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh, who lived in Coventry, is to take place today.
The plane is due to land at 1:30pm and the cortege is due to pass by the Memorial Garden at just after 4pm.
The body of Corporal Brent John McCarthy, from Priorslee was brought back to RAF Brize Norton today.
The 25-year-old was killed when two people wearing Afghan police uniforms opened fire on Saturday at a patrol base in Helmand.
Friend Claire Millman, from Telford, said: "He was a great brother and a fantastic uncle. His mother and father are incredible parents and my heart pains for them and everyone else that loved him dearly."
Corporal McCarthy leaves his father John, mother Sarah, sister Jodie, partner Sarah and niece and nephew Miajay and Kyron.
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“We can confirm that a small civilian aircraft was transmitting inadvertently on an emergency frequency at approximately 18:10.
Two typhoons from the Quick Reaction Alert responded accordingly and authorisation was given from them to go supersonic which resulted in the sonic boom. There was no actual threat to the civilian aircraft and they soon rectified their mistake.”
The QRA team is based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.
No further information will be released tonight.
A loud bang heard across The Midlands was caused by two Typhoon aircraft responding to an emergency.
The Ministry of Defence has told ITV News that the aircraft were on their way to a small civilian helicopter that was emitting an emergency signal.
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Troops believed to be suffering from mental health problems will now be assessed in Nottingham instead of London as part of a move the Ministry of Defence says will save money.
Troops who fear they are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or other mental health issues relating to active service, have been sent to St Thomas' Hospital for assessment.
But the Defence Minister Andrew Robathan said they will now be sent to MoD's Reinforcements Training and Mobilisation Centre in Chilwell, Nottingham.
In a ministerial statement, Mr Robathan said the move was designed to cut costs but said it would also make it easier for troops from the Midlands and north of England to be assessed.
He also said a "high percentage" of troops needing treatment came from the two regions, he added.