By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
The body of a United States Air Force service member has been discovered off the coast of England. The tragic incident was reported by NBC News at 5:56am CDT on June 15. The pilot was killed in a crash during a training mission off the coast of England on Monday. The accident killed what appeared to be only the pilot. The incident happened on Monday. The pilot’s body was discovered by a search operation in cooperation with the United Kingdom’s armed services, citing local responding officials.
The pilot was not named publicly on the record to give the family and friends time to learn about his death initially. He has since been identified as Lt. Kenneth Allen.
“The pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing has been located, and confirmed deceased.
This is a tragic loss for the 48th Fighter Wing community, and our deepest condolences go out to the pilot’s family and the 493rd Fighter Squadron,” said RAF Lakenheath in a tweet that was posted at 12:20pm on June 15.
The RAF Lakenheath followed up within the next few hours with positive identification.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lt. Allen, and mourn with his family and fellow Reapers of the 493rd FS. The tremendous outpouring of love and support from our communities has been a ray of light in this time of darkness,” said RAF via Twitter in a tweet that was posted at 4:47 am on June 16.
As well as a statement regarding the “dark time” that the RAF community will now encounter following the death of the airman.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lt. Allen, and mourn with his family and fellow Reapers of the 493rd FS. The tremendous outpouring of love and support from our communities has been a ray of light in this time of darkness,” said RAF Lakenheath in a tweet that was posted at 4:47 am on June 16.
The pilot’s death was reported by the F-15C Eagle fighter pilot. The deceased remains of an American sniper were discovered in a location at Lakenheath. The remains were discovered after members of the Royal coast guard deployed to assist the search for the U.S. airman.
In addition to comments made by the RAF Lakenheath the Royal Airforce also posted through its main hub site via Twitter.
“Yesterday’s tragic loss of @usairforce pilot Lt Kenneth Allen is being felt across the RAF community. Our thoughts and condolences are with @48fighterwing, and the family and friends of Lt Allen,” said Royal Airforce in a tweet that was posted at 9am on June 16.
The precise cause of the crash was not disclosed to the public early on June 17 inferring that it was known. The Royal Airforce has conducted missions out of this region since the Al Qaeda attacks on the U.S. World Trade Center in September 2001. The training at Lakenheath has been used in counter-terrorism pursuits since 2001.