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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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.