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42-31322

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 16/10/43; Vandalia 26/10/43; Des Moines 1/12/43; Denver 2/12/43; Cheyenne 11/12/43; Kearney 22/12/43; Prestwick, UK 16/1/44; Assigned 452BG Deopham Green 17/1/44; Transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-V] Chelveston 30/1/44; ex-Aalborg 22 February 1944 with John Kreigshauser, Co-pilot: Lyle Curtis, Navigator: John Humphrey, Bombardier: Melchor Hernandez, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Estabrooks, Radio Operator: Bob Mayfield, Ball turret gunner: Chas Tuttle, Waist gunner: Malcolm Williams, Waist gunner: Vito Ambrosio, Tail gunner: Maurice Robbins (10 Killed in Action), on return crashed at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK; Salvaged 25 February 1944 2nd Strategic Air Depot at Little Staughton.

Battle damaged on Aalborg, Denmark mission by enemy fighters and with 3 mortally wounded crew; attempted force landing in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield. 10 x KIA. MACR 15190

The crash in Endcliffe Park was witnessed by 9 year old Keith Peters, who was playing football in the park when the plane crashed, and other local people.

Memorial to crew put in place on 25th anniversary (1969) funded by Sheffield branch of the RAF Association, plus 10 American Oaks (one per crewman) by Sheffield City Council. Annual remembrance ceremony attended by USAF, RAF, Royal British Legion, and civic leaders, with 75th anniversary marked by USAF/RAF flypast in honour of the crew.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Vito Ambrosio

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner/Assistant Flight Engineer | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190 Awards: PH.

  • Lyle Curtis

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190 Awards: PH., AM x 2

  • Harry Estabrooks

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Tony Foulds

    Civilian
    Tony Foulds looks after, on a voluntary basis, the memorial garden to the crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress 'Mi Amigo' that crashed at Endcliffe Park in 1944. Mr. Foulds was aged seven when he says he saw the 'plane crash at tea-time on 22 February 1944...

  • Melchor Hernandez

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on the return from a mission to Aalborg airfield, Denmark on 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190 ...

  • John Humphrey

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15190 ...

  • John Kriegshauser

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 15 x missions. Crashed attempting to land at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on the return from a mission to Aalborg airfield, Denmark on 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo' which had been badly damaged by...

  • Robert Mayfield

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Crashed 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'. Killed in Action (KIA) having been injured during attacks by Me109 fighters off Denmark.

  • Maurice Robbins

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Assigned to 364BS, 305BG, 8F USAAF. 15 x missions. Mortally wounded in E/A attack. Crashed attempting to land at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, UK returning from Aalborg, Denmark mission 22-Feb-44 in B-17G #42-31322 'Mi Amigo'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • Charles Tuttle

    Military | Sergeant | Ball-Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Crashed 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'. Killed in Action (KIA) having been wounded in combat.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are despathed from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

Places

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...

  • Endcliffe Park

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 16 October 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 16-Oct-43.

Assigned Deopham Green, UK 17 January 1944

Assigned 452BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Chelveston UK 30 January 1944

Transferred 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Endcliffe Park, Rustlings Rd, Sheffield S11 7AB, UK 22 February 1944

Battle damaged on 305/92nd BG mission to bomb Luftwaffe base at Aalborg, Denmark mission by enemy fighters and with 3 mortally wounded crew; attempted force landing in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield. 10 x KIA. MACR 15190. Three other aircraft lost on same mission plus two Me109s shot down.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2019 07:18:34 miAmigo Changes to events
Sources

Operational Record Books 305BG and 92nd BG.

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2019 07:38:16 miAmigo Changes to markings and description
Sources

See ''Courage Above the Clouds -the true story of MI-AMIGO and the Heroes of Endcliffe Park'' by Paul Allonby (lulu.com)

and www.facebook.com/pg/EndcliffeParkB17

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2019 02:05:32 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames
Sources

Removed quotes around the nickname.

Date Contributor Update
05 January 2019 22:40:16 general ira snapsorter Changes to description
Sources

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-46738576

Date Contributor Update
05 January 2019 15:34:24 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29424042
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=206677
http://aircrashsites.co.uk/air-crash-sites-5/usaaf-b-17-42-31322-mi-amig...

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2016 14:54:32 Lucy May Changes to description, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

http://poshoneposh.wixsite.com/artwork/single-post/2015/12/15/Mi-Amigo

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2015 23:27:53 Endcliffe Park Changes to nicknames
Sources

Mi Amigo crashed in a local park in Sheffield.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15190 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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