RAF MILDENHALL, England — A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the base chapel for an airman killed Friday in a car crash just a few miles from the base.

Staff Sgt. Gerald W. Nicholls, 32, died a few hours after his Hyundai crashed head-on with a Land Rover Discovery on Highway A1101 around 7 a.m. Friday. The two-lane road runs through Beck Row, home of RAF Mildenhall.

He was a member of the 352nd Special Operations Group and is survived by his wife and two children, according to a public affairs spokesman with the unit.

Names of the family members were not released.

The crash left Nicholls’ car perched precariously over the deep bank alongside the road, leaning at a 45-degree angle, according to area news reports.

Twenty firefighters spent more than an hour freeing the 13-year Air Force veteran, who was flown to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge by the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

He died later that day.

The driver of the Land Rover Discovery was not seriously hurt, according to a local newspaper report.

Police are asking anyone who was in the area to contact them with information.

They are especially interested in the driver of a red Saab seen in the area at the time, but not involved in the accident.

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