Sombre scenes as Sheffield plane crash remembered

A memorial wreath laying service took place in Endcliffe Park to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Mi-Amigo plane crash.
A memorial wreath laying service took place in Endcliffe Park to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Mi-Amigo plane crash.
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It happened seven long decades ago - but an annual ceremony has kept the memory of 10 US airmen who died in a plane crash in Sheffield alive for another year.

The B-17 Flying Fortress Mi Amigo crashed at Endcliffe Park in February 1944 while returning from a bombing raid in Europe.

All crew members on board the aircraft were killed - but it is believed the heroic actions of the pilot, who swerved away from homes in Greystones and children playing, prevented an even higher death toll.

Residents who lived near the site of the crash, as well as RAF Association members and serving USAF staff from RAF Menwith Hill, attended the ceremony at the memorial stone in Endcliffe Park honouring the dead.

In sombre scenes, the servicemen and women lined up in silence as wreaths were laid and Reverend Gordon Unsworth - chaplain of Sheffield’s RAF Association - read a dedication.

Rev Unsworth said the precise circumstances of Mi Amigo’s crash remain a mystery even today.

“We know it had been over to the Continent and was coming back to its base further south,” he said.

“It was rather beat-up and its instruments had gone.

“The result was that it got lost and ran out of fuel over Sheffield.”

The ceremony was followed by a service at St Augustine’s Church in Brocco Bank.