A regional daily ran a special edition as its patch honoured American airmen who died on its patch 75 years ago.
The Star, Sheffield, marked three-quarters of a century since the Mi Amigo air crash, which claimed the lives of 10 men whose USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress came down in the city’s Endcliffe Park after it was badly damaged following a bombing mission over Denmark.
A campaign for a flypast to mark the anniversary started after a chance meeting between BBC presenter Dan Walker and Tony Foulds, who witnessed the crash as an eight-year-old boy and now tends a memorial in the park.
Thousands of people cheered the flypast, involving military aircraft from Britain and the United States, honouring those who died.
The Star’s JPIMedia sister daily the Post has now called for Mr Foulds to be honoured for his dedication to the memorial’s upkeep.
An editorial states: “For decades, he has devoted his life to tending to the Mi Amigo memorial after witnessing the tragedy. The “sense of guilt” that he survived, and 10 young men did not return home, remains profound.
“What was also so striking was how relatives of the fallen had no idea about ‘their extended Sheffield family’ until relatively recently and how this humbling humanity had brought them great comfort.
“And while Mr Foulds, 82, was typically modest when he stressed that the occasion was ‘all about my lads’, the Yorkshire Post and, no doubt, many others, begs to disagree.
“His commitment embodies the warmth of human kindness – and this proud county.”