Lt Kenneth Allen with wife Hannah Allen
USA

F-15 Crash: Pilot's Body Returned To Family

First Lieutenant Kenneth Allen died after his F-15C aircraft crashed in the North Sea on Monday morning.

Lt Kenneth Allen with wife Hannah Allen

The body of a US Air Force pilot who was killed when their F-15C Eagle aircraft crashed over the North Sea has been returned to his family in the United States on Thursday.

RAF Lakenheath honoured First Lieutenant Kenneth Allen with F-15E Strike Eagles from the 494th Fighter Squadron conducting a Missing Man formation.

The formation is a tradition to honour fallen pilots, usually performed at funerals or commemorative events as a form of aerial salute.

Lt Allen was assistant chief of weapons and tactics for the 493rd Fighter Squadron.

He joined up with the 48th Fighter Wing, which is based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, in February.

The pilot was killed when his F-15C Eagle aircraft crashed over the North Sea on a routine training mission on Monday, 15 June.

His body was found after HM Coast Guard received reports an aircraft had crashed 74 nautical miles from the East Yorkshire coast.

RAF Lakenheath is the largest US Air Force-operated base in England.

The 48th Fighter Wing, which has operated from the base since 1960, has more than 4,500 active-duty military members.

Lt Allen, also known as 'Kage', is survived by his wife, Hannah Allen, and his parents.

Cover image: Lt Kenneth Allen with wife Hannah (Picture: Hannah Allen/Facebook).