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Students awarded in memory of Red Arrows pilot

Flt. Lt. Jon Egging, in whose memory the Blue Skies charity was set up Credit: Ministry of Defence

Students in Lincoln will be presented with awards today to recognise their completion of an RAF programme set up in memory of a Red Arrows pilot from Warwickshire who died during a display three years ago.

The Blue Skies Programme charity was set up in memory of Flt. Lt. Jon Egging from Ufton, who lost his life in August 2011 at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

The charity aims to realise his dream of helping young people overcome adversity, identify their strengths and work towards their ambitions.

Twenty five students aged 13 to 15 from the Priory Witham Academy have been mentored through the nine session programme by trained personnel from RAF Coningsby, RAF Cranwell, RAF Scampton, RAF Wittering, RAF Waddington and MoD North Luffenham.

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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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Cameron: 'Thoughts with families of five servicemen'

The Prime Minister has said that his "thoughts go out" to the friends and families of the five servicemen being repatriated at RAF Brize Norton.

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.

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