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« on: February 22, 2019, 02:12:50 AM »

During WW2 a young boy witness a USAF bomber crash killing all the crew. It is believed the crew deliberately aimed for the field they landed in to avoid hitting nearby houses. Anyway, the boy has spent the years since tending to a memorial to the crew where they crashed. Today is the 75th anniversary of the crash and for a few months he's been campaigning for a flypast to honour those who died. Anyway, cut a long story short, he was successful.

I was just wondering if it had made the news stateside at all out of curiosity.


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Thousands of people are expected to watch a fly-past honouring 10 airmen who died when their plane crashed in a Sheffield park 75 years ago.

The US bomber - a B-17 Flying Fortress known as Mi Amigo - came down in Endcliffe Park on 22 February 1944, killing everyone on board.

A campaign for a fly-past started after a chance meeting between BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker and Tony Foulds.

Mr Foulds, 82, witnessed the crash and regularly tends to the park's memorial.

The fly-past, involving military aircraft from Britain and the United States, is due to reach the park at about 08:45 GMT.
Media captionTony Foulds said he feels responsible because he believes the plane was trying to avoid crashing into him

Crews will set off from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, which is home to the largest US Air Force base in the UK.

Mr Walker, who met Mr Foulds while he was walking his dog in the park, described him as an "amazing man" after hearing his story in early January.

He was eight years old when he witnessed Mi Amigo crash and explode in the park as the pilot apparently tried to avoid him and his friends.

A social media-led campaign subsequently went transatlantic and a fly-past was successfully organised along with new steps and a flagpole for the crash memorial.

Tony Foulds, 82, regularly tends to the park's memorial and regards the American men who lost their lives as "family"

The 10 men killed in the crash:

    Pilot Lt John Kriegshauser, pilot from Missouri

    2nd Lt Lyle Curtis, co-pilot from Idaho

    2nd Lt John Humphrey, navigator from Illinois

    Melchor Hernandez, bombardier from California

    Harry Estabrooks, engineer and gunner from Kansas

    Charles Tuttle, gunner from Kentucky

    Robert Mayfield, radio operator from Illinois

    Vito Ambrosio, gunner from New York

    Malcolm Williams, gunner from Oklahoma

    Maurice Robbins, gunner from Texas

Mr Foulds previously said he felt responsible, because the plane was trying to avoid crashing into him.

Referring to his regular visits to the memorial, he said: "They are my family. I love them to pieces.

"If I go on holiday I always make sure my son goes to visit. I always tell them how I am, what I'm doing, what the weather's like."

Sheffield City Council advised people to plan their journeys to Endcliffe Park carefully so they can arrive in time for the event, which will be broadcast live on BBC Breakfast.

People are encouraged to arrive at the park for the unticketed event from about 07:15, with a memorial service taking place at 08:00.

Bus services in Sheffield and Stagecoach Supertram are offering free travel for service personnel and veterans until 12:00 to mark the occasion.
Planes taking part in fly-past (weather dependant)

    F-15E Strike Eagles from RAF Lakenheath
    KC-135 Stratotanker
    MC-130J Commando II
    CV-22 Osprey from RAF Mildenhall
    Typhoon from RAF Coningsby
    Dakota from RAF Coningsby

Capt Lauren Schlichting, a F-15E Strike Eagle pilot taking part in the fly-past, said: "We definitely don't take it lightly to be able to honour those who came before us and we're happy to do it."

Lt Andrew Knighten, weapons systems officer in the F-15E, said: "It's pretty humbling, honestly, just for everyone that's gone before us and for us to get to fly over and just honour them."
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2019, 02:28:02 AM »

No. And that's the kind of news I wish was going on here.
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2019, 07:19:19 AM »

No. And that's the kind of news I wish was going on here.

Yeah, it'd be nice to see a story like this.  I just did a quick search and couldn't even find anything.

Thanks for sharing this!
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2019, 07:22:47 AM »

As I am work I wasn't able to watch it, but there should be a video you can watch of it here if you are interested.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1090779/Sheffield-flypast-live-video-RAF-2019-Endcliffe-Park-memorial-anniversary-BBC-watch
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2019, 07:23:34 AM »

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6732779/Pensioner-sees-dream-come-true-flypast-marks-1944-bomber-crash.html
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2019, 07:30:37 AM »

As I am work I wasn't able to watch it, but there should be a video you can watch of it here if you are interested.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1090779/Sheffield-flypast-live-video-RAF-2019-Endcliffe-Park-memorial-anniversary-BBC-watch


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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2019, 01:31:24 PM »

No, this made the news tho.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2019/02/conservative-christians-claim-ocasio-cortez-is-a-witch-leading-attack-against-trump/?fbclid=IwAR1yxMScz4VhByky-36fIYvua1XyrdvY2V4Ux35a2t5Ts3SMeZXbUJ0FzfM
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