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Endcliffe Park

Crash site

Detailed history

On 22 February 1944 B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 43-31322) nicknamed "Mi Amigo" crashed in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield killing all 10 crew on board.

After being badly damaged by enemy fighters over the target (Aalborg Luftwaffe base, Denmark) the aircraft limped back to the UK, but crashed 80-miles from base due to battle damage. All the crew were killed instantly.

Children playing football in Endcliffe Park watched as the aircraft's engines cut out and it crashed into woodland behind the park's main playing field.

Sheffield RAF Association erected a memorial stone to the crash in 1969, with 10 American Oak trees planted by the local council to commemorate the crewmen killed in the crash.

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People

  • Vito Ambrosio

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist 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: 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.

  • 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 continues to look 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 a schoolboy when he saw the plane crash 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-44in 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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Aircraft

  • 42-31322 Mi Amigo

    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...

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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2019 07:10:58 miAmigo Changes to history
Sources

BOND OF COURAGE: THE TRUE STORY OF MI-AMIGO citing USAAF, police, fire service and local authority records from 1944, written by Paul Allonby (2019)

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2018 09:17:25 Emily Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Information provided by Sheffield Parks and Countryside Service

Reports of the Crash in the Sheffeild Star 2004 and 2014

Air Crash Sites

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