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USAF F-15 A USAF F-15 from RAF Lakenheath, similar to the crashed airplane. USAF photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte

US Air Force Pilot Killed in North Sea Crash Named


Published on June 16, 2020

A US Air Force F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing crashed into the North Sea shortly after 9.40am on Monday June 15th. The RAF Lakenheath-based aircraft was on a routine training mission. The pilot, the only person on board, was killed, an Air Force spokesperson said later that day. After next of kin notifications were made, the pilot was named as 1st Lt. Kenneth Allen, assistant chief of weapons and tactics for the 493rd Fighter Squadron. Lt. Allen arrived at the 48th Fighter Wing in February 2020. He is survived by his wife and parents.

The cause of the crash remains unknown, but the airplane came down approximately 70 miles off the Yorkshire coast. An HM Coastguard helicopter and RNLI lifeboats from Scarborough and Bridlington assisted in the search for the pilot and wreckage was seen near to where the F-15 crashed into the sea. At the time, Col. Will Marshall, commander of the 48th Fighter Wing, said: "We are extremely grateful for the timely response of our UK counterparts in the support of these recovery efforts and remain hopeful that our Liberty Wing airman will be located and recovered." Sadly, it was later confirmed that the pilot had died.

After Lt Allen's name was released, Col. Marshall said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lt. Allen, and mourn with his family and his fellow Reapers in the 493rd Fighter Squadron. The tremendous outpouring of love and support from our communities has been a ray of light in this time of darkness”.

Our condolences go to Lt. Allen’s family, the 493rd Fighter Squadron and the 48th Fighter Wing.

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