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Endcliffe park plane crash feb 1944 any info please

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Walking through Endciffe park today I came across a plaque dedicated to a crew of US airmen who were killed when their plane crashed in the park in feb 1944. I had never heard of this before despite living in the sharrow ara most of my early life. Any info on this topic will be much appreciated. Mant thanks. Michael Howson..

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"There is also a memorial stone marking the crash site of the USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress "Mi Amigo". On 22 February 1944 the aircraft was returning, heavily damaged by defending Me-109 fighters, from a bombing mission over Aalborg, Denmark. Around 5pm it crashed in the park with the loss of all 10 crew. An annual memorial service organised by the Royal Air Forces Association is held at the site on the Sunday closest to 22 February.[1]

 

The full story of the brave crew of the 'Mi-Amigo' is told in a book published in June 2014 on Amazon Kindle by local military historian Paul Allonby, called Courage Above the Clouds. This book uses military documents from the USA, Denmark and Germany to piece together the mission, and the fateful combat with the Me109s of 11/JG11 who were among the Luftwaffe fighters vectored to take on the 64-strong diversionary formation of B17s, whose mission was to draw fighters away from a larger US 8th Air Force bomber stream heading towards targets in Germany.

 

The pilot of the 'Mi-Amigo', from the 364th Bomber Squadron, based at Chelveston, Northamptonshire, was Lt John Kriegshauser who received a posthumous US Distinguished Flying Cross for his courage in sacrificing the crew rather than hit children playing in the park.

 

When viewed from Rustlings Road/Ecclesall Road the crash site can still be seen, marked by a noticeable drop in the height of the trees on the hillside behind the cafe. This was because a dozen trees were uprooted, or needed felling, due to the devastating impact of the crash. A grove of American oaks was planted in 1969 as replacement trees to honour the crew. Access to the memorial site is via a path signposted Woodland Walk, or across the stepping stones next to the cafe."

 

 

There is a service every year when the Royal British Legion plus US Airforce lay wreaths.

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fateful combat with the Me109s of 11/JG11 who were among the Luftwaffe fighters vectored to take on the 64-strong diversionary formation of B17s

 

Actually the FW190's were the main Luftwaffe force used to punch through to the B17's. They used the 109 G1 and G6 to engage the P51 mustang escorts 'little friends'.

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was attending Greystone at the time and few days later was look for bits of the plane knew nothing at that early had no idea what happened not until many years later did we learn of the deaths

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anyone there who like me was playing in endcliffe park when the plane crashed in1944 like tony i was 8yrs old

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