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Fly-past honors WWII airmen who died saving UK children

U.S. and Royal Air Force planes have soared over Sheffield, England, to honor 10 U.S. airmen who sacrificed their lives during World War II to save children playing in a park where they wanted to land.

One of those children, Tony Foulds, watched the fly-past after he spent decades lobbying for public recognition of the sacrifice made by the crew of the B-17G nicknamed "Mi Amigo." Foulds wanted an aerial display befitting men who fought in the sky.

The crippled plane was returning from an air raid over Denmark when the pilot decided not to land at Endcliffe Park in Sheffield, to avoid a group of children on the grass.

Tony Foulds tends to a memorial honouring 10 U.S. airmen who died in a plane crash in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, England, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. Foulds was just a kid running around in the park on Feb. 22, 1944 when a U.S. Air Force crew decided to crash and die rather than take the chance of hitting them. He's dreamed of honoring them for decades. Now he's 82 and about to get his wish. (AP PhotoRui Vieira)

On Friday, thousands gathered cheered wildly as Lt. John G. Kriegshauser and his crew were honored.

In this undated image provided by the Kriegshauser family showing Lt. John G. Kriegshauser sitting in the cockpit of a plane. On Friday Feb. 22, 2019 the U.S. and the Royal Air Force are set to honor Lt. John G. Kriegshauser and his crew, who decided to crash and die rather than take the chance of hitting a group of playing children on Feb. 22, 1944 when their stricken plane flew over Sheffield in England. (Kriegshauser family via AP)

Tony Foulds sits next to a memorial honouring 10 U.S. airmen who died in a plane crash in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, England, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. Foulds was just a kid running around in the park on Feb. 22, 1944 when a U.S. Air Force crew decided to crash and die rather than take the chance of hitting them. He's dreamed of honoring them for decades. Now he's 82 and about to get his wish. (AP PhotoRui Vieira)

Tony Foulds holds a broom as he stands next to a memorial honouring 10 U.S. airmen who died in a plane crash in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, England, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. Foulds was just a kid running around in the park when a U.S. Air Force crew decided to crash and die rather than take the chance of hitting them on Feb. 22, 1944. He's dreamed of honoring them for decades. Now he's 82 and about to get his wish. (AP PhotoRui Vieira)

A close-up taken on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 of the memorial honouring 10 U.S. airmen who died in a plane crash on Feb. 22, 1944 in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield, England. Tony Foulds was just a kid running around in the park when a U.S. Air Force crew decided to crash and die rather than take the chance of hitting them. He's dreamed of honoring them for decades. Now he's 82 and about to get his wish. (AP PhotoRui Vieira)