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Such a lovely story and an emotional moment.
Here are the 10 US servicemembers killed that day, courtesy American Air Museum in Britain:
2/ It's really an incredible story. 22 Feb '44, the "Mi Amigo" B-17 Flying Fortress, desperate to land after being shot by Nazis over Denmark, makes it to Sheffield. The pilot realizes their best chance of survival is to crash land in a park -- only problem is the children there.
3/ Instead, the pilot -- Lt John Kriegshauser from St. Louis - steers the plane into the woods. It explodes and all 10 American servicemembers are killed, but not one civilian was hurt.

4/ Kriegshauser was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

St Louis Post-Dispatch 02 Feb 1945 newspapers.com/clip/28780059/…
5/ 2nd Lt Lyle Curtis was the co-pilot from Idaho. "The Story of Sheffield at War" by Margaret Drinkall says Curtis had just been told his wife was pregnant with the daughter he would never meet.

Post-Register article from 8 August 1948 newspapers.com/clip/28776283/…
6/ 2nd Lt Melchor Hernandez, from LA, born in El Paso, eldest of 6 kids, parents came from Mexico. Named the "Mi Amigo" plane. In The Story of Sheffield at War Hernandez is described as popular and an expert at jitterbugging.

7/ (An aside: I'm including obituary references from newspapers that aren't much more than lists of KIA of locals because that's what was commonplace back then given the sheer volume of sacrifice.)
8/ Staff Sgt Harry Estabrooks, top turret gunner and flight engineer from Mound Valley, Kansas, nicknamed "The Joker," the youngest on board at only 20

9/ Sgt Charles Tuttle, gunner from Kentucky

The Courier-Journal, 28 March 1944: newspapers.com/clip/28778473/…
10/ Staff Sgt Robert Mayfield, radio operator from Illinois

11/ Sgt Vito Ambrosio, gunner from Brooklyn, who had just been married and only spent one day with his wife, per Drinkall.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 28 March 1944 newspapers.com/clip/28778701/…
12/ Sgt George Williams, gunner from Faxon, Oklahoma

Daily Oklahoman, 28 March 1944:

13/ Staff Sgt Maurice Robbins, gunner from Manor, Texas, an excellent shot per Drinkall.

Austin American-Statesman, 11 March 1944 newspapers.com/clip/28779385/…
14/ 2nd Lt John W. Humphrey, navigator from Wyoming, Illinois.
15/ Here's a wonderful thread from earlier this year by the BBC presenter @MrDanWalker who started the Twitter campaign under the hashtag #gettonyaflypast to honor the man who has been honoring these men --- cheers, Dan. What a lovely thing you did.

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