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Memorial set Friday for Pave Hawk crash victims

Flowers have been placed in front of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, in wake of the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crash that killed four Airmen, Jan. 7, 2013.

RAF MILDENHALL, England — A memorial service will be held at RAF Lakenheath on Friday for four airmen who died in a helicopter crash earlier this month.

Capt. Christopher S. Stover, Capt. Sean M. Ruane, Tech. Sgt. Dale E. Mathews and Staff Sgt. Afton M. Ponce, all with the 56th Rescue Squadron, died when their HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crashed near the town of Salthouse on Jan. 7.

The service, which is open to identification card holders and some invitees from the local community, will be at 1:56 p.m. in Hangar 7 at Lakenheath, according to posts on the base’s Facebook page.

A spokesman for Lakenheath said odd times for ceremonies often reflect the number of the unit involved.

A large turnout from Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall is expected, and attendees are asked to arrive early, according to a Facebook post.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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