Mi Amigo Memorial Flypast

#1
This year on the 22nd February is the 75th anniversary of the crash of the Flying Fortress 'Mi Amigo' in Sheffield's Endcliffe Park.

To mark the occasion, there will be a few flypasts from USAF aircraft from Lakenheath and Mildenhall and also RAF airframes from Coningsby. It'll be broadcast live on BBC1 during the breakfast show with a memorial service starting at 8am and the aircraft showing up around 8:45am.

It's only a couple of miles from me. Anyone else going?
 
#2
I won't be though I lived near there as a student.

My curiosity is raised, though. How come it missed its airfield by 100 miles and "tried" to land in a 300m long bit of parkland in a fairly densely built-up area? And how was it known that 3 of the crew were mortally wounded when there were no survivors?
 
#3
When I saw the title of your post; "Mi-Amigo Memorial flypast" I was Stunned to think such a thing was going to happen.

Silly me, I had never heard of a crashed Flying Fortress called Mi Amigo. I thought you were talking about the wreck of the Radio Caroline pirate radio ship which sunk a few miles off of Clacton, also called the Mi Amigo.
 
#4
I won't be though I lived near there as a student.

My curiosity is raised, though. How come it missed its airfield by 100 miles and "tried" to land in a 300m long bit of parkland in a fairly densely built-up area? And how was it known that 3 of the crew were mortally wounded when there were no survivors?
From what I can understand, Mi Amigo was taking part in a bombing run on Aalborg in Denmark, taking heavy damage from ME109's. It limped towards home, severely damaged. I don't know how it came to be so far off course but eventually, the engines started to give up and as they dropped through the cloud, they were over Sheffield. It was going to attempt to land but the children were out playing football, so the pilot pulled up and ploughed into the trees.

Someone was on the TV the other day who said their dad managed to pull two of the blokes out of the plane - no mention if they were alive at that point - but they had a collection of letters written from the dead Captain's family to the would-be rescuer.
 
#5
I can’t be there due to work, but Sheffield Amateur Radio Club will be running a special event station GB0AFF and all being well have the GB4HAM communications truck there
 
#6
From what I can understand, Mi Amigo was taking part in a bombing run on Aalborg in Denmark, taking heavy damage from ME109's. It limped towards home, severely damaged. I don't know how it came to be so far off course but eventually, the engines started to give up and as they dropped through the cloud, they were over Sheffield. It was going to attempt to land but the children were out playing football, so the pilot pulled up and ploughed into the trees.

Someone was on the TV the other day who said their dad managed to pull two of the blokes out of the plane - no mention if they were alive at that point - but they had a collection of letters written from the dead Captain's family to the would-be rescuer.
Heavy cloud and no nav or comms due to the damage sustained meant the crew couldn’t tell where they were and had been lost by the escort plane. I think they saw the top of the hills in the Peak District and came down for a look when a break in the cloud revealed the park but by then couldn’t regain any altitude.
 
#9
I saw a programme that featured this. There's a nice old chap who still tends the memorial, as he was one of the Kid's they saved when not landing in the park.
 
#10
#11
I saw a programme that featured this. There's a nice old chap who still tends the memorial, as he was one of the Kid's they saved when not landing in the park.
The flypast is mostly due to Tony Fould's (the nice old chap) dedication and, to his credit, BBCs morning newsman, Dan Walker who lives nearby and got talking to Tony Foulds.
This is the result - a very creditable one too.
 
#13
I've been following this since Tony Fould first made a public plea on BBC Breakfast for a flypast a few months ago. This has really gone global and the BBC (to their credit, and I am absolutely no fan of the BBC) have really pushed the envelope on this one. I believe aircraft are joining from Lakenheath, Coningsby and Mildenhall for a flypast over Sheffield.
 
#14
Unfortunately, due to a SNAFU with my phone, I can't upload the videos I took of the memorial flypast. It was brilliant though and well worth the wait in the cold.
 
#15
Good on the BBC for pushing this, well done Dan Walker and well done to the USAF and the RAF. I’ve really enjoyed the build up this morning. Sadly, I missed the fly past due to work commitments, but hope to catch it later.
MBE for Mr Fould - far more deserving than some of the usual suspects.
 

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#16
If I recall correctly, didn’t the kids wave back at the plane, not realising that the crew were trying to get them out of the way? Can’t imagine the feeling afterwards when they realised and that ten men possibly died as a result. Very brave of the pilot to veer off.
 
#18
If I recall correctly, didn’t the kids wave back at the plane, not realising that the crew were trying to get them out of the way? Can’t imagine the feeling afterwards when they realised and that ten men possibly died as a result. Very brave of the pilot to veer off.
Yep. The kids were playing football (also something about some boys having a fight and were watching) and waved back before Krieghauser veered off and into the trees.

Tony Foulds said today that he carries that guilt to this day. Some of the crowd were in tears at this point.
 
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