Tributes paid to servicemen killed in helicopter crash

Family and colleagues have paid tribute to the five servicemen killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence has now released the names of the men, the youngest of whom was 26 years old.

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Tributes paid to servicemen killed in Afghanistan

Family and colleagues have paid tribute to the five servicemen who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

The family of Lance Cpl Oliver Thomas, the youngest of the five at 26 years of age, said he was a "truly amazing person", while his commanding officer called him "bright, gifted with an enquiring mind and laser focussed on the task in-hand".

The commanding officer of Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan said he was "a hugely influential and well respected officer whose enthusiasm and professionalism permeated every aspect of his work".

(MoD Handout) Captain Clarke, Warrant Officer Class 2 Faulkner, Corporal Walters and Lance Corporal Thomas. Credit: Ministry of Defence

Captain Tom Clarke was called a "fantastic young officer" by his commanding officer, while his family paid tribute to a "truly wonderful husband, son, brother and friend" with an "absolute passion for life".

Warrant Officer Class 2 Spencer Faulkner was praised by his commanding officer for his "guile, leadership and bravery", while his family said he was a "loving husband to Cally and devoted father to Natasha and Jack" who would leave a "huge gap...in our hearts forever".

Corporal James Walters, known as 'Bungle' by friends and colleagues, was described by his commanding officer as a "huge character" whose loss had "devastated" his squadron. Corporal Walters' family paid tribute to a "beautiful and loving husband, daddy, son, and brother".

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