B 25 Bomber Flies Into The Empire State Building 1945 - I Was There

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  1. Lon Tanner

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    I was not there when the plane actually hit but I was there shortly thereafter. I was 11 years old and had come to NYC with Cub Scouts from Paterson, New Jersey to see a show. It was a overcast day and we could not see the plane stuck in the building. The weather is what caused the crash I believe.
     
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    Wow....how interesting! I had no idea.
     
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    @Bess Barber

    One of those long-forgotten incidents......The B-25 was by no means a tiny aircraft:

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    It was a bomber, certainly large enough to cause catastrophic damage to a tall building, especially when flown into the side up near the top. The Empire State was not structurally damaged, except for a 20-foot hole torn into it's north wall. One of the plane's engines was found at the bottom of an elevator shaft. Another elevator, occupied only by it's Operator, a lady, fell 75 floors to it's bottom; she survived the fall, that ranking as the highest fall survived in an elevator.

    The fire which erupted in the building, remember, those planes carried gasoline, much more flammable than jet fuel, was extinguished in 40 minutes! This all adds fuel (no pun intended!) to the speculation about the Trade Center Towers.......which I shan't go into.
    Frank
     
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    The B-25 light bomber was called the "Mitchell", in honor of Gen. Billy Mitchell, who advocated major roles for aircraft in the War. (WW2)

    It was a squadron of 16 B-25's who made the bombing raid on Tokyo as our first "Crack against the Japs" following Pearl Harbor. They all flew off the carrier "Hornet" and a few came back.

    A Hollywood movie was produced about the raid, called "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo".

    Hal
     
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    @Lon Tanner , you must have had an extremely exciting life. You should write a book.
     
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    I have had a good life so far Shirley and no regrets.
     
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    www.diveplanit.com/dive-site/great-white-wall/

    I was newly certified for Scuba Diving and had only done a half dozen dives before this one and none were as deep as this one and I was a little frightened. The Dive Master told me not to worry and that the National Geographic folks that were diving the site as well would keep an eye on me.
     
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