Sheffield police confirm all stolen Mi Amigo memorial items have been returned

A police team in Sheffield has confirmed that all the stolen Mi Amigo memorial items have been returned.

Saturday, 25th April 2020, 12:17 pm

Earlier this week it emerged that items had been stolen from the Mi Amigo memorial in Endcliffe Park, which honours the B-17 crew who lost their lives in World War Two in 1944.

Poems, letters and flags were later found dumped in a bin.

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Tony Foulds at the Mi Amigo memorial in Sheffield

Tony Foulds, who was a schoolboy when he saw the B-17 bomber crash on February 22, 1944, has tended to the shrine for years.

Mr Foulds was just eight when the badly-damaged bomber limped over the roofs of nearby houses and crashed into a wooded area, apparently to avoid him and his friends who were playing in the park.

Last year 10,000 spectators gathered in Sheffield to watch a 75-year anniversary flypast, which included fighter jets from the United States Air Force and the Royal Air Force, as a tribute to the men, who were limping back from a bombing raid in Denmark on the day of the fateful crash.

In a statement today, South Yorkshire Police said: “Our lovely Sheffield South West neighbourhood policing team have checked in with Tony for a bit of reassurance. We're pleased to say all the items are back in place and Tony is in good spirits.”

Earlier this year, in tribute to the Mi Amigo crew, Mr Foulds said: “They were only young they had everything to live for. They were only aged between 19 and 24 and they made the ultimate sacrifice to not land in the field.”