In an overview of social networking, RAF Lakenheath verified that”the pilot of a downed F-15C Eagle in the 48th Fighter Wing has been found, and affirmed deceased”.
“That is a terrible loss for the 48th Fighter Wing community, and our deepest condolences go out to the pilot’s household as well as the 493rd Fighter Squadron,” it added.
The title of this pilot is for now being withheld until all of the types have been advised.
The incident happened in the morning through a”routine training mission” and British search and Rescue boats were quickly discharged the wreck site, police had stated in a previous announcement.
Based in Suffolk, eastern England, RAF Lakenheath was a U.S. base as the end of World War II and is home to 6,000 American employees.
The 30 million F-15C is among the most advanced tactical fighter jets at the U.S. arsenal and has been used in battles that range from Operation Desert Storm in 1991 to the invasions of both Iraq and Afghanistan.