The USAF say the death of one of its airmen in a crash on a dangerous road between the bases has had a ‘monumental effect’ on the elite team of technicians he worked with.
Staff Sergeant Hunter Davis, 27, who was declared dead at the scene of the collision on the B1112 Eriswell Road on Tuesday, was a member of RAF Mildenhall’s 352nd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron and was a maintainer on the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
A spokesman for the 352nd Special Operations Wing said today: “They’re a small community so taking care of them is high priority – we’re a small family.
“The loss of one guy has a monumental effect on the team.”
Major Paul Lienhard, 352nd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron commander, said: “We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of a valuable Airmen and a brother. Our hearts go out to SSgt Davis’ mother, father, family and friends.
“It’s times like this, we need to stop,take a look around and remember what is most important. Aircraft can be repaired, lost time can be recovered, but a life, ended abruptly and without warning, is gone forever.”
The USAF is planning a memorial service for SSgt Davis.
Eriswell Road is due to have its speed limit reduced from 60mph to 40mph this month because of the number of accidents there have been on it, including one in which an American airman rescued two people from burning cars.
Emergency services were called at 6.30am on Tuesday to reports of a three-vehicle collision between Eriswell and Lakenheath villages and SSgt Davis was one of the drivers. The road was closed for several hours.
Witnesses are asked to contact Suffolk Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101, quoting reference CAD 36 of June 7.