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Installation Overview --Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, Suffolk, United King


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Installation Overview --Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, Suffolk, United King

The 48th Fighter Wing covered with snow and ice

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by: Tim Barlow

Royal Air Force (RAF) Station Lakenheath, Suffolk, United Kingdom, is located 70 miles northeast of London and 25 miles from Cambridge. RAF Lakenheath is the largest U.S. Air Force-operated base in England and the only U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) F-15 fighter wing.

The Army Air Corps activated the 48th Bombardment Group (Light) January 15, 1941. For the first two years the group and its squadrons underwent a series of re-designations and transfers to meet Air Corps operational needs. Designations changed from Bombardment Group (Light) to Bombardment Group (Dive) in September 1942, and again to Fighter-Bomber Group in August 1943. The squadrons were also redesignated as the 492nd, 493rd, 494th and 495th Fighter-Bomber Squadrons. The history of these squadrons leads to the squadrons that make up the 48th Fighter Wing of today.

The 48th Fighter Wing's leadership is responsible for training, supporting, and employing a combat fighter wing that includes one F-15C and two F-15E squadrons. The wing stands ready to provide responsive combat air power, support and services to meet our Nation's and allies international objectives-anytime, anywhere, whatever needs to be done. The Major Command is the United States Air Forces Europe. USAFE is a component command of the United States European Command and a major command of the U.S. Air Force.

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