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World War II Disaster in Our County

On Dec 30, 1942 a B17 bomber, commonly known as the 'Flying Fortress', crashed about 10 miles south of Musselshell. There were eleven men that perished, according to one report. Another report mentions twelve.

This plane was on a training flight out of the Great Falls Army Air Corps base. While flying over Melstone, the aircraft caught fire for an undetermined reason. Shortly thereafter, it went out of control, dove into the ground, and crashed on the slope of Mt. Bull located south of Musselshell. All crew members were killed. Listed as on the plane were:

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