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Tributes paid to RAF Lakenheath airman after fatal collision on Christmas Day

A motorcyclist who died following a collision on Christmas Day on the A11 at Barton Mills has been named as an airman from RAF Lakenheath.

Airman 1st Class Michael Mahony passed away on Boxing Day after a blue Kawasaki motorcycle travelling southbound on the A11 collided with the central reservation at the junction with Newmarket Road just before 5.30pm on December 25.

The 22-year-old was assigned to the 48th Maintenance Group, 48th Component Maintenance Squadron, at RAF Lakenheath.

Entrance to RAF Lakenheath.
Entrance to RAF Lakenheath.

Col John Kent, 48th Fighter Wing vice commander, said: “The Liberty Wing is deeply saddened by the loss of Michael.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time."

Lt. Col. Darrell Chase, 48th CMS commander, added: “The Green Dragons are heartbroken by the sudden and tragic loss of Airman Michael Mahony.

“Michael made an immediate and long lasting impact on the propulsion flight and all those he worked with.

“His greatest impact is the love, care and friendship he offered to all those he came into contact with.

“He will be missed.”

A memorial service was due to be held today at 10am at the RAF Lakenheath Chapel for members of the 48th FW.

Suffolk Police want to hear from any witnesses or anyone who may have dashcam footage of the A11 carriageway just prior to the collision. Call 101 quoting incident number 219.

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