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Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, commonly abbreviated to RAF Lakenheath, is a RAF airbase near Lakenheath in Suffolk. Although an RAF station, it hosts United States Air Force units and personnel. The host wing is the 48th Fighter Wing (48 FW), also known as the Liberty Wing, assigned to United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE).
RAF Lakenheath is 70 miles northeast of London and 25 miles from Cambridge. The Liberty Wing has nearly 5,700 active-duty military members, 2,000 British and U.S. civilians, and includes a geographically separated unit at nearby RAF Feltwell. In addition to supporting three combat-ready squadrons of F-15E Strike Eagle and F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft, the Liberty Wing houses the 56th Rescue Squadron’s HH-60G Combat Search and Rescue helicopters.
RAF Lakenheath, and nearby RAF Mildenhall, are the two main U.S. Air Force-operated bases in the UK and 48th Fighter Wing is the only U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) F-15 fighter wing.
The information on this site has been compiled from various sources accessible on the internet: acknowledgements are due to MOD Website, RAF Website, USAF, HIVE website, &Wikipedia. The site is intended to be an impartial and useful source of information about the Forces Base and surrounding area for members of HM Armed Forces and those of USAF, their families and civilians working on the Base. There should be nothing of a sensitive nature as everything here is readily available on the internet. If you spot anything that is out of date or just plain wrong, please contact us
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