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.
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.
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.
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, from Leicestershire, and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, from Herefordshire, died in a helicopter accident on 26 April.
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.
The Ministry of defence denied claims by the Taliban that insurgents shot the helicopter down, with initial investigations indicating a "tragic accident" rather than enemy action as the cause of the crash.
A multi-faith service has taken place to pay tribute to five servicemen killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. It was held at a Hindu temple in Leicester, where one of the victims - Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan - and his family worshipped.
Prayers will be said at a vigil for two RAF officers from the Midlands who were among five soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan from Birmingham and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas from Hereford will be remembered at a multi-faith vigil at the Shree Sanatan Mandir.
Kishor Chauhan, Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan's father, has described his son in an emotional interview as "extremely active, charismatic, charming and very witty".
The Ministry of Defence say the crash was a tragic accident.
Kishor Chauhan, Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan's father, has described his son as "extremely active, charismatic, charming and very witty" in an emotional interview.
Rakesh, who was 29 and grew up in Birmingham, was killed along with four other men in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Defence has called it a "tragic accident".
Tributes have been paid to two British servicemen from the Midlands who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas and Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan were among five men killed in what the Ministry of Defence is calling a "tragic accident".
A military investigation is now underway.