The US Air Force has named the pilot that crashed into the North Sea on Monday as First Lieutenant Kenneth Allen.
The aircraft crashed into the North Sea approximately 74 miles from the East Yorkshire coast. It is currently believed that was conducting training with the Royal Air Force at the time of the incident but this has not been confirmed.
Lt Allen served as the squadron’s deputy weapons officer, a sign of how highly he was regarded in the USAF. Lt Allen has been stationed at RAF Lakenheath since February.
Col Will Marshall stated, “The pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing has been located, and confirmed deceased.”
At this point, Lt Allen had not been named and only following the notification of next of kin Lt Allen’s name was released.
The Boeing F-15C-42-MC, serial 86-0176, was the fifth-youngest F-15C in the US Air Force fleet. Operated by the 493rd Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, the aircraft was part of the only Europe-based F-15 wing.
Nick Ashwell-Rice has worked in aviation and defence journalism since 2014 whilst also maintaining a career outside of the industry. He has been Editor-in-Chief at Talking Aero since its inception