Thousands of people witnessed a flypast in Sheffield, following a campaign by BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker.
Walker was inspired by Tony Foulds, who he met by chance in a Sheffield park, where he was tending a memorial.
82-year-old Foulds, has made it his lifetime ambition to honour 10 American servicemen, who lost their lives in a crash, while avoiding a group of children. He was one of the children.
Walker discovered that Foulds’ dream was to get a full military fly past to pay tribute to the crew, and this morning it became a reality. Planes from Britain and the United States took part.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Foulds said:
“If it hadn’t been for them, I wouldn’t be here with my family. It’s more than bravery, what they did. They saved me, and I mean saved me.
“These are now part of my family, my ashes are going to be put by the memorial. I might as well stay with them, you know.”
Sheffield-based Walker was unable to attend, as he’s currently in Tanzania, training for a Sports Relief Challenge.