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Second Lieutenant Melchor Hernandez

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Second Lieutenant Melchor Hernandez

Birth
Texas, USA
Death 22 Feb 1944 (aged 23)
Sheffield, Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 153728146 View Source
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Second World War Military Service-
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Service: 364th Bomb Squadron
Unit: 305th Bomb Group

*He was one of ten American airmen who lost their lives when attempting to land at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on the return from a mission to Aalborg airfield, Denmark on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'.

*On 22 Feb 2019, on the 75th anniversary of this tragic Second World War crash of Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 42-31322 (‘Mi Amigo’) a flypast over Endcliffe Park took place, with a huge crowd of cheering onlookers, to honour the ten American airmen who lost their lives. The flypast involved military aircraft from both Britain and the United States, which set off from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk - home to the largest US Air Force base in the UK.
*--There is a memorial in Sheffield’s Endcliffe Park, where the Fortess crashed, to commemorate the ten American aircrew who perished in that crash on 22 Feb 1944. The memorial has always been respectfully tended by a local citizen who, as an eight-year-old boy, witnessed the aircraft come down into some trees in order to avoid a group of children playing in the park. It was this British citizen who’d always dreamed that one day a military fly-past might take place in order to recognize the service and the sacrifice of the ten young Americans—on Thursday his ‘fly-past dream’ became real.

The American airmen honoured by this 75th anniversary fly-past are-
Pilot, 1st Lieutenant John Glennon KRIEGHAUSER,
Co-pilot, 2nd Lieutenant Lyle J. CURTIS,
Navigator, 2nd Lieutenant John W. HUMPHREY,
Bombardier, 2nd Lieutenant Melchor HERNANDEZ,
Radio Operator, Staff Sergeant Robert E. MAYFIELD ,
Engineer/Top Turret Gunner, Staff Sergeant Harry W. ESTABROOKS,
Ball-Turret Gunner, Sergeant Charles Henry TUTTLE,
Tail Gunner, Sergeant Maurice D. ROBBINS,
Right Waist Gunner, Sergeant Vito R. AMBROSIO and
Left Waist Gunner, Sergeant George Malcolm WILLIAMS.

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  • Maintained by: SJB Hearn
  • Originally Created by: Tim Cook
  • Added: 14 Oct 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 153728146
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/153728146/melchor-hernandez : accessed ), memorial page for Second Lieutenant Melchor Hernandez (6 Jan 1921–22 Feb 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 153728146, citing Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by SJB Hearn (contributor 46864594) .