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F-18 down nr Lakenheath

Old 21st Oct 2015, 10:42
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F-18 down nr Lakenheath

Sky news reporting a US F18 crashed 5 miles NW of RAF Lakenheath a short while ago-no further news.
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Old 21st Oct 2015, 10:45
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Near Redmere, in the Ely area according to the BBC.
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Old 21st Oct 2015, 10:52
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F-18 ??

or F-15 ??
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f-18 crash near to Shippea Hill station near Ely.

1 of 6 returning to US via UK from deployment in middle east.

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Old 21st Oct 2015, 11:39
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BBC News quoting 1 fatality.
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A sad update from the police (via ITV) confirming that one person is deceased. It is not clear whether this is the pilot or someone on the ground.
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US Navy pilot killed in F-18 jet crash in Cambridgeshire Fens - BBC News

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Old 21st Oct 2015, 11:44
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Sad end for a pilot returning home from duties in the Middle East. RIP.
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Sad news, I did pop by on sat and took several photos as they arrived (in local area for several birthdays in and around Ely and a few when the remaining quartet arrived yesterday afternoon )

As I am lead to believe the trip back home for the first six kept getting put off because numerous reasons such as astorm front over the Pond on Monday (when they were suppose to have left at lunchtime ) plus supporting Fat Albert had tech probs with one engine.

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Daily fail reporting it was having issues inflight refueling? . What just 5 miles and minutes after take off surely still climbing out at that range
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Old 21st Oct 2015, 14:21
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some excellent, but now poignant shots from a few days ago

The Red Devils arrive @ the Heath (More Added).....
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Daily fail reporting it was having issues inflight refueling? . What just 5 miles and minutes after take off surely still climbing out at that range

Maybe it was returning after a failed attempt.
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All the more tragic for being at the end of deployment and all that that means for those waiting.
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Old 21st Oct 2015, 19:34
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I have been informed this maybe said a/c (my photo from yesterday on approach)



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Old 21st Oct 2015, 20:40
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Chopper, that is indeed the bird. 165181/WT-00. VMFA-232, Mazda 43. Semper Fi.
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Old 21st Oct 2015, 21:27
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Very sad news. RIP
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Old 21st Oct 2015, 21:37
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Poor guy, and worse for coming off combat missions.
There will be a family back home relieved that he survived the mission and that he was on his way home, who are now receiving the sad news that he will never return.

RIP and as they say in the U.S., thank you for your service.
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His poor family and friends. Expecting him home from ops only to lose him on the way home. Bloody tragic.
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So tragic. If it's any comfort, we can honestly say that this accident, investigation and his death will be treated with the most dignified respect possible whilst big brother is in little brother's back yard. R.I.P comrade.
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