Body of RAF Lakenheath airman Kenneth Allen flown home to the United States
The body of a RAF Lakenheath airman who died when his fighter jet crashed into the North Sea has been flown home to the United States.
First Lt Kenneth Allen, known as Kage, was killed when his F-15C Eagle went down at about 9.40am on Monday during a training exercise about 74 miles off Flamborough Head, Yorkshire.
Yesterday Lt Allen's body was returned to the United States and in his honour jets from the 494th Fighter Squadron carried out a missing man formation, where a plane in group leaves a gap to symbolise the missing airman.
Thirty-four-year-old Lt Allen, assistant chief of weapons and tactics for the 493rd Fighter Squadron, was posted to RAF Lakenheath earlier this year shortly after marrying his wife Hannah Allen.
In a moving tribute, Mrs Allen described him as the ‘perfect’ husband and her ‘best friend’.
"I have no words to express how shaken I am. Kage was perfect, never been treated with more love and respect in my life. He was my absolute best friend," she said.
Col Will Marshall, 48th Fighter Wing commander, 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."
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