As for those who are critical of the pilot and his skills, eat a dick. He killed his mates making sure your grandfathers were not turned into fender Ketchup.
I don't believe that he'd choose to do it because I respect his skill. With 15 missions under his belt as well as training beforehand, he would have instinctively known that the park was far too small to land in. My personal view is that the aircraft ceased to be flyable, whether through damage to the airframe, instruments, the engines or fuel tanks, and that it was pure coincidence that it did so next to a bit of grass. That has no adverse reflection on the skills of the pilot and crew.
I don't need the propaganda of heroic gestures, particularly when it implies that an experienced pilot can't judge a critical feature such as landing distance.