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Second flypast held over Cambridge cemetery to remember airmen killed in plane crash

The USAF jets fly over the American War Cemetery at Madingley. Credit: ITV News Anglia

USAF jets from Mildenhall and Lakenheath have taken to the skies in a poignant tribute to 10 American airmen who died when their plane crashed 75 years ago.

The crew of the American Bomber, known as 'Mi Amigo', were killed when it came down in a park in Sheffield on 22 February 1944.

A flypast was organised in Endcliffe Park in Sheffield by BBC presenter Dan Walker and Tony Foulds who has tended to the memorial at the park for decades.

Mr Foulds is convinced that the crew deliberately steered to avoid him and his friends as they were playing in the park below.

All 10 members of the crew died in the crash. Credit: PA

Three of the crew are interred at the American War Cemetery at Madingley near Cambridge, and four F15E Strike Eagle jets involved in the Sheffield flypast took part in a second flypast over the cemetery on Friday as they returned to their bases in Suffolk.

Wreaths were also laid at the graves of the three airmen.

"What we're trying to do is commemorate not only this crew, but commemorate all of those who flew during the strategic air war over Europe in World War Two and obviously lost their lives," Suzie Harrison from the cemetery said.

"The families of the three people decided after the war that they would like them to remain here rather than be repatriated. We have women and children buried here as well. It's a truly egalitarian cemetery."

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