B-17G Flying Fortress 42-31322 305th BG 364 BS Crashed 22:02:44

The aircraft, named "Mi Amigo" was returning from operations to the airfield at Aalborg, Denmark. While over the target, the Flying Fortress had been damaged by FLAK or fighters.
As the aircraft arrived over the City of Sheffield, the aircraft appeared to be descending, apparently looking for a place to land. (According to eyewitnesses, the aircraft circled for a time). Suddenly, one of the engines failed, sending the B-17 crashing into a wooded hillside in Endcliffe Park, Eccleshall. The aircraft was completely destroyed by fire.
Sadly, all on board were killed.

The crew were:

  1/Lt. JOHN G KRIEGSHAUSER Pilot

  2/Lt. LYLE J CURTIS Co-Pilot

  2/Lt. JOHN W HUMPHREY Navigator

  2/Lt. MELCHOR HERNANDEZ Bombardier

  S/Sgt. HARRY W ESTABROOKS Engineer/ Top Turret Gunner

  S/Sgt. ROBERT E MAYFIELD Radio Operator

  Sgt. CHARLES H TUTTLE Ball-Turret Gunner

  M/Sgt. GEORGE M WILLIAMS Left Waist Gunner

  Sgt. VITO R AMBROSIO Right Waist Gunner

  Sgt. MAURICE D ROBBINS Tail Gunner

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The Memorial Stone in Endcliffe Park, Eccleshall, Sheffield.

A memorial service is held here on the Sunday closest to February 22nd.

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A close up of the Memorial Plaque.

"Lest We Forget."

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