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Liberty Wing Memorial for Lt Kenneth Allen The 48th Fighter Wing flagship F-15C Eagle displays a new paint job in honor of a fallen 493rd Fighter Squadron pilot at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, June 19, 2020. US Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher S. Sparks

US Air Force Pays Tribute to Lt Kenneth Allen

The US Air Force has paid tribute to the late Lt Kenneth Allen, who was tragically killed when his F-15 crashed in the North Sea, off the UK coast

Published on June 25, 2020

The US Air Force in the UK has paid tribute to Lt Kenneth Allen, who tragically lost his life on June 15th when the F-15 he was flying during a routine training mission crashed into the North Sea just off the Yorkshire coast.

In the past week, the USAF has honored the memory Lt Allen with a memorial of honor, featuring yellow ribbons and flowers representing the 493rd Fighter Squadron, the squadron to which Lt Allen was attached. Additionally, a jet at RAF Lakenheath has been given a new coat of paint, with the name of Lt Kenneth Allen featured prominently on the side in tribute to the fallen pilot.

RAF Lakenheath also posted a video tribute in memory of Lt Allen, which you can see via Social Media including Twitter: @48FighterWing and Facebook @RAFLakenheath

Lt Allen was repatriated to the USA last week on Thursday, with a 'Missing Man' formation flypast to honor his memory. The 48th Fighter Wing posted a heartfelt message on Social Media, saying:

"Today we sent Lt Kenneth Allen back to the US. The 493FS came out to pay him final respects and farewell on the ramp at RAF Mildenhall. In the first photo below (taken from the aircraft on the outside position) you can see the missing man jet begin its climb away from the formation, leaving a gap, symbolising his absence from our team and the hole in our hearts from his untimely departure. The 493FS came out to pay final respects and say a final farewell. Out of respect for the family, and the Reapers, for that private and solemn event these are the only photos that the Wing will share. Thanks to the 494th FS for a spot on fly past. Thanks to team Mildenhall, and the local authorities for the support. The support of the local community and authorities this week has been first rate and the efforts of HM Coast Guard during the recovery made this possible. However, most of all thanks to the Reapers who came out to send Kage home in the manner he deserves."


Lt Kenneth Allen Memorial Yellow ribbons are tied as part of a memorial to honor a fallen Airman at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, June 23, 2020. The memorial consisted of yellow ribbons and flowers to represent the 493rd Fighter Squadron, the squadron of U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Kenneth Allen, a pilot who perished during a training mission when his F-15C Eagle crashed into the North Sea, June 14, 2020. US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith

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