Memorial service to be held for RAF Lakenheath Bulldog Airman 1st Class Darren Phillips, 20, who died after a motorbike crash on A1101 Barton Mills

Airman 1st Class Darren Phillips, 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron crew chief at RAF Lakenheath,

Airman 1st Class Darren Phillips, 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron crew chief at RAF Lakenheath, who died in a motorcycle accident - Credit: Archant

A memorial service for a 20-year-old US Air Force airman who died after a crash near Barton Mills is being held.

US Air Force Airman 1st Class Darren Phillips was crew chief in the 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, known as the Bulldogs, and had been posted to RAF Lakenheath in July 2014.

He crashed on the A1101, east of the A11 Fiveways roundabout, when the motorbike he was riding collided with a silver Skoda at around 1.30pm on October 2.

He was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by air ambulance but died late on October 2 after succumbing to his injuries.

Today RAF Lakenheath released a photo of A1C Phillips, announcing that a memorial would be held for all those with base access to pay their respects and remember his life on Sunday October 11

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A1C Phillips became the 26th person to die on Suffolk’s roads this year, with the total now at 27 following the death in hospital of Stowmarket cyclist Derek Cook, 81, of Lyme Tree Place, this week. He was struck on Needham Road on September 30.

The service for A1C Phillips will take place on Sunday at 10am in Hangar Seven at RAF Lakenheath and will also be attended by friends and family of A1C Phillips.

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The dress code will be uniform of the day for military personnel and smart attire for civilians.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to come forward. If you can help call Suffolk police by dialling 101 and quoting CAD 217 of Friday, October 2.

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