He landed on a military flight at a snowy Brize Norton airbase, northwest of London, yesterday afternoon.
Defence officials announced that he had completed his 20-week deployment as co-pilot gunner on an Apache attack helicopter. In interviews he said he had fired on Taliban positions, saying: "If there's people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we'll take them out of the game."
He has been on post-deployment "decompression" at a military base, thought to be in Cyprus, since leaving war-torn Helmand Province. He may have had his first beer in 20 weeks there, as troops are given four cans of lager to unwind.