F 15C Eagle RAF Lakneheath
An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron launches for a sortie at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Dec. 18, 2018. The F-15C Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield)

On Jun. 15, 2020, at approximately 09.40LT, an F-15C belonging to the 493rd Fighter Squadron of the 48th Fighter Wing, based at RAF Lakenheath, UK, callsign “CHOSEN 4”, crashed into the North Sea.

The aircraft was part of 4-ship (c/s “CHOSEN 1-4”). Emergency comms were heard on 282.8 a known koint/combined on-the-scene voice and DF SAR frequency used throughout NATO.

A massive SAR (Search And Rescue) operation is underway: along with three KC-135 Stratotankers radio callsigns “QID256 – 257 – 258” refueling fighters that are circling the area, TASMAN71 (Dassault Falcon 20) and SAR helicopter (S92 G-MOGH as “RESCUE 912”) have also been dispatched to the rescue of the pilot flying the Eagle that crashed. A NATO E-3 AWACS (“NATO 06”) is also supporting the operation circling to the northeast of the crash site.

This below is the picture at the time of writing:

Screenshot SAR op
Multiple aircraft can be tracked online in the area of the F-15C crash. (Image credit: ADSBExchange).

The U.S. Air Force 493rd Fighter Squadron “Grim Reapers”, the only F-15C squadron in Europe and the squadron that flew the Eagle crashed today, is also the 2019 Raytheon Trophy as top Air Superiority Squadron.

The Raytheon Trophy is awarded annually to the top air-superiority and air-defense squadron in the Air Force. Nominees are graded on air-defense and air-superiority mission performance, operational mission performance, organizational readiness inspection results, training exercise participation, unit and individual achievements and flight safety.

We will update the story as more details emerge.

Here’s the position of lifeboats from Scarborough & Bridlington on scene: