RAF Lakenheath (IATA: LKZ, ICAO: EGUL) is a Royal Air Force airfield located near Lakenheath in Suffolk, England. Although technically an RAF station, it primarily 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). The 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath is also designated the Air Force’s Statue of Liberty Wing, and is the only USAF wing with both a numerical designation and an official name.
Since its activation at Chaumont-Semoutiers Air Base, France on 10 July 1952 the Liberty Wing has been one of the premier fighter wings of the United States Air Forces in Europe, spending its over 50-year existence as part of USAFE. The 48 FW has nearly 5,700 active-duty military members, 2,000 British and U.S. civilians, and includes a geographically separated unit (GSU) at nearby RAF Feltwell. Tactical squadrons of the 48th Operations Group
▪ 492d Fighter Squadron (F-15E)
▪ 493d Fighter Squadron (F-15C/D)
▪ 494th Fighter Squadron (F-15E) Aircraft of the 48th FW carry the tail code "LN".
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 its nearby sister base, RAF Mildenhall, are the two main U.S. Air Force-operated bases in United Kingdom, and the 48th Fighter Wing is the only U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) F-15 fighter wing.