LONDON — The U.S. Air Pressure pilot who was killed on Monday when his fighter jet crashed off the northeast coast of England has been recognized as First Lt. Kenneth Allen.
Lieutenant Allen, 27, was the one particular person aboard the jet, a U.S. Air Pressure F-15C Eagle that was stationed at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, a base in jap England, and crashed within the North Sea round 9:40 a.m. Monday whereas on a routine coaching mission.
His physique and wreckage from the jet had been found by a British search-and-rescue workforce in a while Monday.
Lieutenant Allen, an assistant chief of weapons and techniques whose household known as him Kage, first arrived on the 48th Fighter Wing, the unit stationed in Lakenheath, in February, the identical month he married his spouse, Hannah.
“I by no means knew a coronary heart might shatter like this,” Ms. Allen wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “However I’ve promised you right this moment that the remainder of my life will likely be a tribute to you.”
The couple had meant to get married subsequent yr, however then determined to take action in February proper earlier than he reported to Britain, in keeping with Ms. Allen’s Fb posts. They’d been considering of getting a non secular ceremony in Could, however the pandemic put that plan on maintain.
A GoFundMe page arrange by Lieutenant Allen’s household on Tuesday to assist cowl journey and funeral prices has already raised greater than $20,000.
“We’re deeply saddened by the lack of Lieutenant Allen, and mourn together with his household and his fellow Reapers within the 493rd Fighter Squadron,” Col. Will Marshall, commander of the 48th Fighter Wing, stated in a statement on Tuesday. “The large outpouring of affection and assist from our communities has been a ray of sunshine on this time of darkness,” he added.
The bottom in Lakenheath, the place the 48th Fighter Wing — the Air Pressure’s solely F-15 unit in Europe — is stationed, boasts greater than 4,000 American army personnel.
The 48th Fighter Wing is also called the Statue of Liberty Wing, and its mission is to “present worldwide responsive fight air energy and assist.”
The unit led raids into Libya in 1986, amongst different missions, and has been concerned in antiterrorism operations because the assaults of Sept. 11, 2001, in keeping with its web site.