UPDATE: 48th Fighter Wing deceased pilot identified

One pilot was killed when their U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle crashed at approximately 9:40 a.m. (BST), June 15 in the North Sea.

Dead is 1st Lt. Kenneth Allen, assistant chief of weapons and tactics for the 493rd Fighter Squadron.

The aircraft, from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, was on a routine training mission at the time of the crash.

Allen first arrived at the 48th Fighter Wing in Feb. 2020, and is survived by his wife and parents.

“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,” said Col. Will Marshall, 48th FW commander.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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