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Bombs Away

During the early morning on August 16, 1943, residents of tiny Tarnov, Nebraska, were startled from their sleep by the sound of "bombs" falling on their town. 

The missiles turned out to be practice bombs dropped from a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber on a night training mission. The crew had mistaken the lights of Tarnov for a lighted bombing range located a few miles south of Stanton.

 

"Unknown planes drop six bombs on Tarnov,"   Source: Columbus Daily Telegram, 8-16-1943

"Unknown planes drop six bombs on Tarnov," Columbus Daily Telegram, August 16, 1943

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