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das68das68 Posts: 662 Senior Member
edited January 2019 in Clubhouse #1

came down in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, in 1944 killing all 10 airmen on board.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-46958696

https://twitter.com/mrdanwalker/status/1080424842921414656/photo/1


Mr Foulds was playing in Endcliffe Park aged eight when he saw the plane come down.

He said he felt responsible, because the plane was trying to avoid crashing into him.





Referring to his visits to the memorial, he said: "They are my family. I love them to pieces.

"If I go on holiday I always make sure my son goes to visit.

 I always tell them how I am, what I'm doing, what the weather's like."






heard about it over a pint
went digging
found Mr Foulds and Mr Walker of the BBC.


dusty in here


The US Air Force will carry out a fly-past on the anniversary on 22 February.

Crews will set off in an F-15 fighter jet from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, home to the largest US Air Force camp in the UK.

US and UK aircraft including Ospreys, Typhoons and a Dakota will also take part.

diary date for me






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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    o:)
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 10,932 Senior Member
    Remembering our Fallen is a good thing. They gave their all, 
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,717 Senior Member
    Nice touch
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,400 Senior Member
    That will be a good remembrance of that crew. That memorial is a good monument to the crew, too.
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,831 Senior Member
    The B-17 bomb load would have been bigger, but they had to leave room for the ten sets of giant balls the brave air crews had to carry!! We lost over 50,000 air men in those tin cans!!
    o:)

  • das68das68 Posts: 662 Senior Member
    edited February 2019 #7

    he got his fly-past.

    just got back

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-47323045

    aircraft joined from Lakenheath, Coningsby and Mildenhall


    Mr Foulds also had the chance to meet the families of the airmen who lost their lives in the crash in 1944.

    He said: "I never thought I would ever meet any of the families of this pilot and crew."

    The pensioner described them as "lovely, lovely people".


    said  he carries the guilt to this day.

    some of the crowd were in tears at this point.


    Free travel is valid for current and ex-service personnel carrying identification cards or in uniform on First, Stagecoach, Sheffield Community Transport  and TM Travel bus services operating within the Sheffield boundary, and on Stagecoach Supertram services, between start of service and 12 noon on 22 February 2019.

    On the tram the customer should show a current forces ID card or wear a HM Armed Forces Veterans badge to get free travel on the day.


    put on my limp

    still had to pay  :D

    early start, a cold and misty morning but joined 10,000 others.

    worth it.









  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 10,932 Senior Member
    Good Stuff, Thanks for posting
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 1,860 Senior Member
    One number to comprehend: the 8th Army Airforce had more casualties than the entire Marine Corp during WWII. 
    The first mission to Schweinfurt cost 60 US bombers. That was the equivalent of a battalion of soldiers. 

    Im sure the 3rd and the 9th suffered similar losses in Europe. 
    "Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Mark Twain
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,400 Senior Member
    That was a big turnout for that remembrance! Glad y'all had good weather for it. Thanks for posting those videos, too. Good to see that people still remember, and care.
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  • das68das68 Posts: 662 Senior Member
    last one




    there's a push to get Mr Foulds on the Queen's Birthday Honours
    this coming June


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