Soldiers repatriated following Afghanistan helicopter crash

Five UK service personnel have been repatriated to RAF Brize Norton. Welsh soldiers Captain Thomas Clarke and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas were killed alongside three colleagues after a Lynx helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan on April 26.

Soldiers killed in Afghan helicopter crash repatriated

The bodies of two Welsh servicemen who died in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan have been flown home to the UK.

30-year-old Captain Thomas Clarke from Cowbridge, and 26-year-old Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas from Brecon, lost their lives in the crash ten days ago, along with three of their colleagues. Today all five were repatriated to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Alexandra Lodge reports.

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The bodies of British servicemen repatriated to UK

The bodies of five service personnel who were killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan have been repatriated to the UK.

The bodies have been repatriated. Credit: ITV News

Captain Thomas Clarke, Warrant Officer Spencer Faulkner and Corporal James Walters, all of the Army Air Corps (AAC), were serving as the Lynx aircraft's three-man team when they died.

The coffins were transferred to hearses. Credit: ITV News

They died together with Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan of the Royal Air Force and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas of the Intelligence Corps, who were believed to have been passengers on the flight.

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Welsh serviceman killed in crash to be repatriated

Captain Thomas Clarke from Cowbridge died in the crash. Credit: Bruce Clarke

Two Welsh serviceman killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan last month are to be repatriated today.

26-year-old Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas from Brecon and 30-year-old Captain Thomas Clarke from Cowbridge were one of five soldiers who died when the Lynx helicopter they were travelling in came down during a routine flight.

The repatriation will take place at RAF Brize Norton. Families of both servicemen will be in attendance.

Mother of soldier killed in crash speaks of pride

The mother of one of the two Welsh serviceman killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan last month has spoken of her pride and love for him.

Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas from Brecon was killed last month. Credit: Jo Thomas

26-year-old Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas died when the Lynx helicopter he was in came down during a routine flight in the Kandahar province.

Jo Thomas was speaking ahead of the repatriation of all five servicemen killed, which will take place this afternoon.

30-year-old Captain Thomas Clarke from Cowbridge also died in the incident.

"We loved and adored Oliver dearly and are truly numbed at his death but we know what he was doing was worthwhile and something he loved, which makes us all very proud." - Jo Thomas.