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Sheffield Memorial / flypast ideas

Old 2nd Jan 2019, 13:45
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Sheffield Memorial / flypast ideas

BZ to this chap who has tended the memorial in a Park in Sheffield since witnessing the crash as an 8 year old.
there's a request to arrange a flypast on the 75th anniversary, would be great if this could happen

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A bit more information would be useful
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Originally Posted by Wander00
A bit more information would be useful
apologies, if you click on the tweet above it takes you to a twitter thread by Dan Walker host of BBC breakfast who came across this chap in a Sheffield Park today, he was playing in the park as an 8 year old when a US aircraft crashed with the loss of all on board, and he has been tending the memorial.

Mr Walker encountered him sweeping up today, the gentleman has commented that it would be nice to arrange a flypast on the 75th anniversary on 22 Feb this year.
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Get in touch with Lakenheath!
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I checked the Lakenheath website. You need to contact the embassy:

http://london.usembassy.gov/dao/index.html
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I would be very hopeful of a successful outcome. This is the sort of thing our best friends are very good at. Also good PR for them.
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Mr Walker is now in touch with the RAF and the US Embassy, so fingers crossed for a good outcome.

Great to see a positive use of social media to try and make something good Happen 👍
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Sally B would be an ideal choice but I would think she will be on her winter maintenance
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-fly-past.html
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Good luck to them. Hope it comes off. Worth involving nearest RAFA Branch
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I remember coming across this memorial while at Uni in 1989.

Would be great if they do get a flypast.
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I lived just around the corner from Endcliffe Park until a few years ago - I recall there was a fairly full-on ceremony there each year which included an Officer from the USAF so the site is well known to the Americans.
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Saw them filming today! Visited the memorial also.
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The story was on BBC Breakfast earlier - well done Dan Walker and good luck Tony!
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I watched the BBC Breakfast slot this morning, I don't mind admitting that my eyes watered up somewhat.
What a smashing bloke.
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I was taken aback by this gentleman's devotion and commitment. Equally with Dan Walker's empathy and reporting. I gather things are moving now to hopefully ensure recognition as requested. BZ all involved.
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You probably don't know, but RAFA organizes a memorial every year on the nearest Sunday, to which the USAF sends a representation from RAF Menwith Hill, with a senior officer laying a wreath. I haven't been myself, but I understand many local dignitaries attend this annual service of commemoration, including the Lord Lt for S Yorkshire. The BBC has made no mention of this. I believe this has upset the local RAFA a little. The campaign to have a flypast on the day of the anniversary threatens to put a spoke in the wheel of arrangements made thus far. Sunday itself is a no fly day at Lakenheath, which is no surprise, particularly at this time of year.

Perhaps expectations need to be managed.
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Originally Posted by NutLoose
Sally B would be an ideal choice but I would think she will be on her winter maintenance
Indeed she is, safely in H2 North at IWM Duxford. Its the sort of thing that Ellie would do if she could I'm sure though.
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BBC breakfast

There will be a news item on this subject after 8:00 (UK time) on BBC Breakfast show this morning.
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