42-31322 Mi Amigo

Object Number - UPL 35205 - Wreckage of B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-31322 ) nicknamed "Mi Amigo" of the 305th Bomb Group at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield.

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.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 452nd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do 364th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32328869
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner/Assistant Flight Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do 364th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19072497 / O-687185
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do 364th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37220156
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: British
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 305th Bomb Group Can Do 364th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39261909 / O-686153
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Places

Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Crashed

Endcliffe Park, Rustlings Rd, Sheffield S11 7AB, UK 1944-02-22 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.

Manufactured

Long Beach, CA Built at Boeing.

Delivered

Cheyenne AAF, WY 1943-10-16 Delivered Cheyenne AAF 16-Oct-43.

Assigned

Deopham Green, UK 1944-01-17 Assigned 452BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned

Chelveston UK 1944-01-30 Transferred 364BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date25 Jul 2019 07:18:34
ContributormiAmigo
Sources

Operational Record Books 305BG and 92nd BG.

Date18 Feb 2019 07:38:16
ContributormiAmigo
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

Date27 Jan 2019 02:05:32
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Removed quotes around the nickname.

Date15 Sep 2015 23:27:53
ContributorEndcliffe Park
Sources

Mi Amigo crashed in a local park in Sheffield.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:37
ContributorAAM
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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