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Wife of US fighter pilot Kenneth Allen pays tribute to 'perfect' husband and 'best friend'

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The wife of a 34-year-old US fighter pilot based in Lakenheath who died after his plane crashed into the North Sea has paid tribute to her 'perfect' husband and 'best friend'.

First Lt. Kenneth Allen, known as Kage, was killed when his F-15C Eagle went down at about 9.40am yesterday. His jet crashed 74 nautical miles off Flamborough Head on the Yorkshire coast.

Hannah Allen, who married Lt Allen in February this year, around the same time they moved to RAF Lakenheath, said she was trying 'to process this shock'.

Hannah and Kage Allen. Picture: Facebook (36741834)
Hannah and Kage Allen. Picture: Facebook (36741834)

"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.

"He was so Christ-like in how he cared for others. I feel beyond blessed to have loved him in this life and can’t wait to love him for eternity."

She added: "I don’t know what I did to deserve him or be a part of his family."

He is also survived by his parents.

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."

Last night, Matt Hancock, West Suffolk MP, said: “This accident is a terrible tragedy and I am desperately sorry to learn of the pilot's death.

"I pay tribute to this brave airman who served his country and to the search and recover personnel that were deployed to the scene.

"Having flown with the 48th fighter wing, I know what a community it is, and I know what a blow this will be to the community in Lakenheath, military colleagues, and of course the pilot’s family.

"On behalf of all residents of West Suffolk, I want to thank every member of USAF based locally for their service and their sacrifice in defence of our freedom, which we value so highly.

"My thoughts are with you all."