World War II
She helped illuminate German bombers flying over Britain so they could be gunned down.
2,194 days passed between the official start and end of World War II. And yet it only took 18 minutes for representatives of Japan, the US, China, the UK, the USSR, Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands and New Zealand to sign the Instrument of Surrender on 2nd September 1945. By that point an estimated 70-85 million people had perished.
Tony Foulds was 8-years-old when he saw a B-17 of the US Air Force attempt to land in a field in Sheffield. The plane had taken enemy fire over Denmark and was attempting an emergency landing in a field where Foulds and his friends were playing. The pilots signalled to the children to leave the area, but ultimately Pilot Lieutenant John Kriegshauser made the choice to veer off into a wooded area to avoid hitting them. All ten crewmen died. Foulds has tended to a memorial to the men for years, but always wished they could be honoured with a flypast. A lucky encounter with BBC presenter Dan Walker, and with the help of the US and British pilots of RAF Lakenheath, made his dream come true.
Tony Foulds was just eight years old when he witnessed the American B-17 crash.
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