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US Air Force at RIAT 2018 A US Air Force F-35 Lightning II, P-51D Mustang and VS Spitfire performing a heritage flight during the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo. US Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Kimball

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US Air Force Flypast Extended to Cambridge American Cemetery
February 22 marks 75 years since the crash of a US B-17 Bomber, the Mi Amigo, in Sheffield which claimed the lives of 10 US Airmen. The planned Flypast honoring their memory is also scheduled to fly over Cambridge American Cemetery, with a wreath laying and memorial

Published on February 20, 2019

It has been confirmed that the US Air Force Flypast, which will pass over Sheffield's Endcliffe Park on Friday this week (22 Feb), will also fly over Cambridge American Cemetery in tribute to three of the crewmen who are buried there.

The Flypast is anticipated to take place over the cemetery at Madingley, weather permitting, approximately between 9:45am and 10am GMT.

Before the Flypast, a service will take place at around 8:30am GMT in honor of all 10 US Airmen who lost their lives in the accident. Following the remembrance service, wreaths will be laid on the graves of the three members of the Mi Amigo crew, Staff Sgt. Harry W. Estabrooks of Mound Valley, Kan., Sgt. Maurice D. Robbins of Jonah, Texas, and Sgt. Charles H. Tuttle of Raceland, Ky, who are interred at the cemetery.

The Cambridge American Cemetery, which is open to the public, will open early on Friday 22 Feb to support the day of remembrance. Cambridge American Cemetery staff will dress the three headstones that morning with British and American flags, and will highlight the inscriptions on the headstones with sand from the Normandy Beaches – the final objective for many interred at the cemetery.

For details on visiting the Cemetery, which is also home to a visitor center highlighting more stories of American service personnel during World War II, more details are available online at www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/cambridge-american-cemetery.


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