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Sheffield USAF Flypast Timings Announced
The timings of the USAF Flypast in Sheffield have been confirmed
A few weeks ago, we reported on the heartwarming story of Tony Foulds. Mr Foulds was just 8 years old when he witnessed a B-17 Bomber, the Mi Amigo, crash in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, in February 1944. After Mr Foulds' story was brought to the attention of the nation, and the United States, by BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker, it was announced on the BBC's morning news show by US Ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, that a US Air Force (USAF) Flypast was being arranged to mark the 75th anniversary of the crash, to take place on February 22, 2019.
News has now emerged on the structure of the Flypast and the scheduling for the day, with details on how you can watch / attend the event.
Timings on the Day
On Friday, 22 February, a memorial will take place at approx 8am GMT. A bugler will play one verse of Amazing Grace before a reading from St John's Gospel by a British Royal Legion. A bugler will then play the Last Post and Reveille.
The Flypast is set to take place at around 8:45am GMT. According to Sheffield Council, "While final aircraft participation will be driven by weather and mission requirements, the US Air Force is anticipating a unique variety of aircraft from US Air Force and Royal Air Force installations including RAF Lakenheath, RAF Mildenhall and RAF Coningsby."
Watching on TV / Online
The BBC will be broadcasting live from Endcliffe Park as part of the BBC Breakfast Show, covering the memorial and the Flypast, from 6am GMT on Friday, 22 Feb. You can watch coverage via BBC One on your TV, or online via the BBC iPlayer. The memorial is scheduled to take place at 8am, with the Flypast at around 8:45am GMT, so if you only have time to watch part of the BBC Breakfast show on the day, these times ought to cover the main events.
You can also keep up to date via Social Media. For Twitter, we're sure Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) will be covering the events after his amazing work of raising awareness, whilst other organizations including RAF Lakenheath (@48FighterWing), RAF Mildenhall (@RAFMildenhall), RAF Coningsby (@RAFCGY) are worth checking out. Plus, Sheffield Council will be following the events via @sheffcouncil.
Be there on the Day
If you plan to attend on the day itself, Sheffield Council say: "People are encouraged to arrive at the park from around 7.15am ... Due to the location of the memorial on the other side of the Porter Brook, there will be no immediate access to the memorial area during the BBC filming, from 6am to 9.15am, and access to the memorial and that side of the river may be limited afterwards. The best viewing area will be in the large field close to the Endcliffe Park café, which will be serving teas and refreshments. A big screen will be there to relay events to the crowd."
You can go to the Sheffield Council news page about the Flypast for more details on access and vantage points: https://sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk/news/mi_amigo_flypast/.
If you would like to send us pictures of the day for use on The American's website, please send these to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 24 Feb Memorial
On Sunday 24 February, there will be a special memorial at St Augustine’s Parish Church, Endcliffe, at 2pm GMT. Prior to the service, at around 1.15pm, a group of USAF personnel, RAFA officers, the Lord Mayor, Lord-Lieutenant, High Sheriff and members of the public will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial site.
Congratulations again to the star of this story, Tony Foulds, for inspiring such a huge event which will bring the US and UK together in a wonderful reminder of the Special Relationship.