Killed 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'.
From Find A Grave contributor, SJ Hearn:
You may wish to include the following--a special news story about a 75th anniversary fly-past to honour the ten American airmen who perished in this terrible aircraft crash.........
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 anniversry fly-past are-
1st Lt John Glennon Krieghauser Pilot
2nd Lt Lyle J Curtis Co-pilot
2nd Lt John W Humphrey Navigator
2nd Lt Melchor Hernandez Bombardier
S/Sgt Robert E Mayfield Radio Operator
S/Sgt Harry W Estabrooks Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
Sgt Charles H Tuttle Ball-Turret Gunner
Sgt Maurice D Robbins Tail Gunner
Sgt Vito R Ambrosio Right Waist Gunner
Sgt George M Williams Left Waist Gunner
Thank you for your kind attention and consideration.
Contributor: SJ Hearn (46864594) • [email protected]
Note: Crew member list modified from information provided by Find A Grave contributor Vindicator I to add links to other crew member Find a Grave pages.
305 Bomb CP Sodn 364, Killed in Action
Erma Phillips Thompson
1925–1999 (m. 1943)
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