Ceremony to mark plane crash’s 70th anniversary

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A ceremony is set to take place to mark the 70th anniversary of a plane crash in a Sheffield park.

The Mi Amigo flying fortress crashed in Endcliffe Park on February 22, 1944, killing all 10 airmen on board.

This Sunday at 1.15pm a wreath will be laid in the park while servicemen and women from RAF Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire pay their respects.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Vickie Priestley, as well as South Yorkshire’s Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff, will also be attending.

Afterwards a service of remembrance is being held at St Augustine’s Church on Brocco Bank.

The US personnel aboard Mi Amigo - who were aged between 21 and 24 - died after being hit during a raid on a Luftwaffe airfield in northern Denmark. It is believed the pilot swerved as he crashed to avoid youngsters playing in the park.