This is the story of a boy’s adventure when an Air Force strategic bomber exploded over Hillcrest in 1960. I believe his story to be true.
“I was standing in front of my house when it happened. I had just
finished throwing my paper route that morning and was coming home. I
heard the loud boom and saw two flaming/smoking balls falling to earth.
When they landed they sent up mini mushrooms clouds. This was during the
Cold War and for a short while I thought the Russians were bombing us.
I then saw a parachute coming down over by Pulaski Heights school and
then saw all kinds of things falling from the sky all around me and a
very large one come down in the woods next to my house. I went into the
woods in that direction and I was the one that found the nose of the
plane in Allsopp park.
Later I got on my bike and rode it over to Pulaski Heights school where
I had seen one of the flaming objects and the parachute heading and
arrived just after they took one body away and a live airman that had
parachuted into a tree on the edge of the football field.
I then went back home and back into the woods where I had seen so many
objects fall. After some time me and some of my buddies located a twin
machine gun half buried in the ground. For young kids it was a thing of
awe to us. We were within visual distance of the road that goes through
the park and saw a vehicle with USAF lettering on it moving slowly down
it. We called out and the guy driving stopped, got out and made his way
through the woods to where we were. He seemed very happy to have located
the gun and we felt like little heroes.
I never got in trouble for arriving at school until after lunch that
Above photo: A boy find the bomber’s nose cone in Allsopp park.
If you have a story to tell about your experience that day, please tell it in the comment section below.
And this contains a good narrative by plane’s copilot and sole survivor.
The photo of the boy and the engine nacelle is by Arkansas Gazette