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Cambridge American Cemetery commemorate American Airmen involved in the Endcliffe Park incident
Three of the American crew of the Mi Amigo have graves at the ABMC Cemetery in Madingley
We reported earlier today on the remarkable story of Tony Foulds, a man from Sheffield who has dedicated over 70 years of his life to remembering the American Airmen who lost their lives in the crash of a B-17 Bomber, the Mi Amigo, near Endcliffe Park in Yorkshire in 1944.
Of the 10 men who lost their lives, 3 who were not repatriated; Maurice R Dobbins, Charles H Tuttle and Harry W Estabrook, are buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, near Madingley in England. The Cemetery, which is run by ABMC (The American Battle Monuments Commission), have constructed a small exhibition at their visitor center to explain the story behind the Mi Amigo, and to commemorate the memory of those involved.
In a wonderful gesture, the Cambridge American Cemetery have extended an invitation to support Mr Foulds if he would like to pay a visit to the Cemetery to attend the graves of three of the crew who he has dedicated a life's work to remembering. Madingley Hall (University of Cambridge – ICE) have also offered support for a commemorative event.
The news that three of the Mi Amigo crew can be remembered in the UK offers a further opportunity to expand the commemorations currently being planned for February 22 - the 75th anniversary of the incident - which includes a USAF Flypast of the Endcliffe Park site.
The American magazine is in contact with the various organizations in the UK planning commemorations for the 75th anniversary, and we'll update you when we know more.
The fantastic response to the story of Mr Foulds, as highlighted by BBC Breakfast present Dan Walker, offers a great opportunity to thank all those dedicated volunteers and people across the UK who tend to memorials, particularly of downed aircraft, and the Cambridge American Cemetery also extend a warm invitation to any others who would like to visit the Cemetery and pay their respects to the many American service personnel who fought for their country throughout history.