When a U.S. city was bombed by the U.S. Air Force


A friend from MeWe.com sent some WWII trivia that I found interesting enough to share. In 1944 the USAF (United States Army Air Corps was officially part of the U.S. Army at the time) actually bombed near a U.S. city. Below is the cross post of the trivia.

 

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During the dead of winter, March 21st 1944; Miles City, Montana; local residents woke to their quaint little town being overrun and submerged by the rising frozen waters of the Yellowstone river. Ice jams were building quickly, raising the subzero river water levels over 16 feet. As the blocks of ice, slush and freezing waters flooded into the city, residents were forced to flee their homes for safer grounds.

 

B 17 Bomber & bombs

 

Miles City Mayor L.S. Keye knew immediate action must be taken, and brought in explosive experts from a nearby town. Two local pilots took a small aircraft over the river and attempted to drop and detonate 50 pound homemade bombs on the Yellowstone ice jam , but unfortunately it had little effect.

 

Mayor L.S. Keye then decided to do the unthinkable, and placed an urgent request to the Governor’s office. His request was short, and to the point “Send in the Bombers!”

 

B 17 in Flight

 

At a USAAF base in Rapid City S.D., the crew of an Army Air Force B-17 were quick to accept the unusual mission, and preparations to bomb an American city were fast underway. The crew hastily began fusing and loading 250-pound bombs into the bomb bay of their USAAF Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Shortly thereafter, the loaded bomber with her crew of eight, took to the skies in a harsh blizzard and low ceilings.

 

The plan was to deliver the bombs to Miles City where the load would be transferred to a waiting Dive-Bomber to execute the bomb delivery. As the lone B-17 was nearing Miles City, low clouds forced the plans to be changed. Under a blanket of 1000 foot overcast skies, the B-17 was then ordered to handle the bombing run themselves.

 

Miles City Daily Star. Flood Waters Reach City 3/21/1944

 

Originally planned to release the load at 10,000 feet, the low overcast forced the bomber crew to take their ship lower. At 1930 hours, in heavy snow, winds and cold, the bomber appeared over the river and executed two dummy bombing runs as crowds of locals watched in amazement. On the third pass, the B-17 released a test bomb that exploded precisely on target. Unsure of the effect, the crew brought their bomber around again.

 

Making a two more passes, releasing all six of the 250 lb. bombs. Hundreds of residents watched motionless, and none speaking a word. The entire town, their homes and their families future hung in the balance as they watched the bombs fall. Seconds later a huge plume of ice, mud and water exploded skyward from the frozen Yellowstone river.

 

The ice jam quickly broke apart, and the frozen waters slowly receded, saving the small town. The next morning, local residents were thrilled to watch as the water levels had dropped a full 10 feet from the day before.

 

That night the crew of the B-17 were welcomed by the thankful and relieved residents of Miles City Montana. The entire crew were put up at the local hotel, and each received a well-deserved steak dinner.

 

The next morning, the crew departed, and the B-17 made a final victory pass low over the town at 50 feet over the rooftops, rocking their wings as they flew back home to Rapid City SD… and so the story goes of the only time the continental United States was bombed.

 

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A hard rain is going to fall


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Undoubtedly the gloom and doom prediction of an imminent explosion of WWIII (or WWIV – depending on who you read) is about to bust out. I came across a Victor Davis Hanson essay on the subject that the Jewish World Review correctly calls thought provoking.

 

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A hard rain is going to fall

By Victor Davis Hanson

Sept. 22, 2016

Jewish World Review

 

This summer, President Obama was often golfing. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were promising to let the world be. The end of summer seemed sleepy, the world relatively calm.

 

The summer of 1914 in Europe also seemed quiet. But on July 28, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip with help from his accomplices, fellow Serbian separatists. That isolated act sparked World War I.

 

In the summer of 1939, most observers thought Adolf Hitler was finally through with his serial bullying. Appeasement supposedly had satiated his once enormous territorial appetites. But on Sept. 1, Nazi Germany unexpectedly invaded Poland and touched off World War II, which consumed some 60 million lives.

 

Wars often seem to come out of nowhere, as unlikely events ignite long-simmering disputes into global conflagrations.

 

The instigators often are weaker attackers who foolishly assume that more powerful nations wish peace at any cost, and so will not react to opportunistic aggression.

 

Unfortunately, our late-summer calm of 2016 has masked a lot of festering tensions that are now coming to a head — largely due to disengagement by a supposedly tired United States.

 

In contrast, war, unlike individual states, does not sleep.

 

Russia has been massing troops on its border with Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently believes that Europe is in utter disarray and assumes that President Obama remains most interested in apologizing to foreigners for the past evils of the United States. Putin is wagering that no tired Western power could or would stop his reabsorption of Ukraine — or the Baltic states next. Who in hip Amsterdam cares what happens to faraway Kiev?

 

Iran swapped American hostages for cash. An Iranian missile narrowly missed a U.S. aircraft carrier not long ago. Iranians hijacked an American boat and buzzed our warships in the Persian Gulf. There are frequent promises from Tehran to destroy either Israel, America or both. So much for the peace dividend of the “Iran deal.”

 

North Korea is more than just delusional. Recent nuclear tests and missile launches toward Japan suggest that North Korean strongman Kim Jong-un actually believes that he could win a war — and thereby gain even larger concessions from the West and from his Asian neighbors.

 

Radical Islamists likewise seem emboldened to try more attacks on the premise that Western nations will hardly respond with overwhelming power. The past weekend brought pipe bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey as well as a mass stabbing in a Minnesota mall — and American frustration.

 

Europe and the United States have been bewildered by huge numbers of largely young male migrants from the war-torn Middle East. Political correctness has paralyzed Western leaders from even articulating the threat, much less replying to it.

 

Instead, the American government appears more concerned with shutting down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, ensuring that no administration official utters the words “Islamic terror,” and issuing warnings to Americans not to lash out due to their supposedly innate prejudices.

 

Aggressors are also encouraged by vast cutbacks in the U.S. defense budget. The lame-duck Obama presidency, lead-from-behind policies and a culturally and racially divided America reflect voter weariness with overseas commitments.

 

It would be a mistake to assume that war is impossible because it logically benefits no one, or is outdated in our sophisticated 21st century, or would be insane in a world of nuclear weapons.

 

Human nature is unchanging and remains irrational. Evil is eternal. Unfortunately, appeasement is often seen by thugs not as magnanimity to be reciprocated but as timidity to be exploited.

 

Someone soon will have to tell the North Koreans that a stable world order cannot endure its frequent missile launches and nuclear detonations.

 

Someone could remind Putin that the former Soviet republics have a right to self-determination.

 

Someone might inform the Chinese that no one can plop down artificial islands and military bases to control commercial sea lanes.

 

Someone might make it clear to radical Islamic terrorists that there is a limit to Western patience with their chronic bombing, murdering and destruction.

 

The problem is that there is no other “someone” (especially not the United Nations or the European Union) with the requisite power and authority except the United States. But for a long time America has done more than its fair share of international policing — and its people are tired of costly dragon-slaying abroad.

 

The result is that at this late date, the tough medicine of restoring long-term deterrence is as almost as dangerous as the disease of continual short-term appeasement.

 

Obama apparently assumes he can leave office as a peacemaker before his appeased chickens come home to roost in violent fashion. He has assured us that the world has never been calmer and quieter.

 

Others said the same thing in the last calm summer weeks of 1914 and 1939.

 

War clouds are gathering. A hard rain is soon going to fall.

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Hamas Needs to Unconditionally Surrender or Face the Consequences


BHO-Kerry stab Netanyahu in back over Ceasefire

 

John R. Houk

© July 30, 2014

 

A transcript of a conversation between President Barack Hussein Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has crept into the public domain. In the transcript Obama is demanding – no a better description – commanding Netanyahu to unilaterally ceasefire against Hamas in the Israeli campaign to cripple the Islamic terrorist organization’s ability to send missiles and kidnapping terrorists into Israel.

 

As far as I know the White House staff is denying such a conversation had taken place between Obama and Netanyahu. Which is not surprising since Obama and is his Administration has been denying knowledge of wrong doing, scandals and corruption throughout most of his Administration. When Congress subpoenas the Executive Branch documents to find the truth Obama dictatorially claims Executive Privilege, stonewalls or outright refuses to comply with Congressional subpoenas. So I am completely convinced this conversation indeed took place between Obama and Netanyahu regardless of White House denials.

 

It is no secret that Obama has been strong arming Israel about settlements in Judea-Samaria and the Jewish presence in the eastern half of their capital city Jerusalem for years. With Obama’s overt siding with murderous terrorist organization Hamas and the Arabs in Gaza that call themselves Palestinians who support their Muslim terrorists, Obama is then telling the Western world it is okay to turn the screws on Israel to comply with indefensible borders by giving up more of their ancestral land to Jew-haters with the only goal of destroying Israel and killing Jews.

 

As callous as it may sound I have no problem with the so-called civilian casualties in Gaza. The Gazans are terrorists in training much like Americans may view historical militias that were from among American civilians to fight the aggression of invaders. These so-called Palestinians are as dedicated to the Hamas agenda of Jew-hatred, killing Jews and destroying Israel as is Hamas.

 

Here is the essence of European hypocrisy in demanding Israel stop its military expedition called Operation Protective Edge. (OPE Updates on Jerusalem Post):

 

The mantra of the Allies fighting in WWII was complete and unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. The Americans, the Brits and the Russians had no problem with carpet bombing and shelling German cities into oblivion. Do you think there were civilian casualties? Placing Austria as a part of the German Nazi Third Reich the combined civilian deaths due to Allied military action was 3,890,000 during WWII.

 

A Few Pictures of Win at Any Cost by Allies against Germany

 

Dresden

 Dresden Germany WWII 2

 

Dresden

Dresden Germany WWII 4 

 

Berlin

Berlin Germany Reichstag WWII

 

 

Hamburg

 Hamburg Germany WWII

 

Linz

Linz Germany WWII 

 

Magdeburg

 Magdeburg Germany WWII

 

Kassel

 Kassel Factory WWII

 

You get the idea! If you want to end a war so that the enemy is so defanged that they cannot regroup to fight another day. Today Nazi Germany is not only gone but anything to do with the promotion of Nazism is illegal in Germany today.

 

In January 1943 the leaders of the principle Allies (who graciously included defanged Free France leadership) met in Casablanca to form the strategy to eradicate any future threats the Axis enemies:

 

At Casablanca, Roosevelt also announced that the Axis powers must surrender unconditionally to the Allies, announced without prior consultation with his British counterpart. “Peace can come to the world only by the total elimination of German and Japanese war power,” announced Roosevelt at the joint press conference ten days after this conference. “The elimination of Germany, Japanese, and Italian war power means the unconditional surrender by Germany, Italy, and Japan.” Churchill seconded by noting that “design, purpose, and unconquerable will [will be applied] to enforce unconditional surrender upon the criminals who have plunged the world into war.” (Bold Print by Editor; Casablanca Conference: 14 Jan 1943; Named Contributor – C. Peter Chen; World War II Data Base)

 

I believe Israel can join Sir Winston Churchill and declare pertaining to Hamas that the goal of IDF must be the “design, purpose, and unconquerable will (will be applied) to enforce unconditional surrender upon the criminals who have plunged the world into war.

 

To end Islamic terrorists from firing missiles into Israel and stop the coordinated planning of kidnapping IDF soldiers and innocent Jews with the threats of murder, Israel must exact the total eradication of the Hamas organization. If that means the Gaza civilians that support Hamas are casualties or even suffer deaths then so be it. Israel needs an unconditional surrender and NOT a truce or ceasefire that enables the Jew-haters to regroup and rearm.

 

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Alleged Transcript Reveals Obama Tries To Bully Netanyahu; Sides With Hamas Terrorists

 

July 29, 2014

By Jennifer Burke

Tea Party News Network

 

An Israeli newspaper claims that Barack Obama had a tense phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during which Obama took a hardline stance in favor of Hamas terrorists.

 

Reason.com reports on the transcript of the phone call that was released by The Times of Israel. As of this posting, the transcript has not been confirmed and the White House denies that such a conversation took place. However, Obama’s deafening silence to the rise of anti-Semitism in America and the $47 million of ‘humanitarian aid’ he authorized to be sent to the Hamas terrorist controlled Gaza strip, money many believe will be seized by the terrorists, will cause many to believe the possibility of this transcript being true.

 

Barack Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes.

 

Benjamin Netanyahu: And what will Israel receive in exchange for a ceasefire?

 

BO: I believe that Hamas will cease its rocket fire — silence will be met with silence.

 

BN: Hamas broke all five previous ceasefires. It’s a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

 

BO: I repeat and expect Israel to stop all its military activities unilaterally. The pictures of destruction in Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.

 

BN: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas military and diplomatic advantages.

 

BO: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas based on the 2012 understandings, including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege and restrictions on Gaza.

 

BN: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It’s impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.

 

BO: I trust Qatar and Turkey. Israel is not in the position that it can choose its mediators.

 

BN: I protest because Hamas can continue to launch rockets and use tunnels for terror attacks –

 

BO: (interrupting Netanyahu) The ball’s in Israel’s court, and it must end all its military activities.

 

So, there you have it. Did Obama really a hardline with our closest ally in the Middle East, Israel, while he capitulated to Vladimir Putin, only sending him a ‘stern letter’ regarding Russia’s violation of an arms control treaty by firing missiles, and negotiated with terrorists in the release of five top Taliban leaders in exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdahl?

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Hamas Needs to Unconditionally Surrender or Face the Consequences

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© July 30, 2014

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Alleged Transcript Reveals Obama Tries To Bully Netanyahu; Sides With Hamas Terrorists

 

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Nazis formed secret army to overthrow Allies after WWII


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Here is a story from post WWII that reads like the premise for a spy or conspiracy novel. Official documents have been discovered that indicate about 2000 Nazi German veteran soldiers had congregated and formulated a plan to recruit 40,000 Germans “to restore ‘honor’ and ‘to defend nascent West Germany against Eastern aggression in the early stages of the Cold War and, on the domestic front, to deploy against the Communists in the event of a civil war’”.

 

The news article is at The Times of Israel which in turn is sharing a report from the German periodical Der Spiegel (link to international English language version). I am cross posting The Times of Israel article, but something really piqued my curiosity. You will read that the West German government was aware of this group’s existence and monitored it. The problem I have is the last date mentioned in this monitoring effort was 1951. Whatever became of this cadre of Nazis that desired to restore the Third Reich for the sake of German honor and as a national weapon against Soviet Communism? THAT my friends is the question that spy novelists and conspiracy theorists will begin to awaken the infamous legends of NWO Nazis 69 years after the end of WWII.

 

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Nazis formed secret army to overthrow Allies after WWII

New documents reveal plans to recruit 40,000 soldiers, restore ‘honor’ to homeland

By TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF

May 16, 2014, 7:49 am

Times of Israel

Nazi officers formed a secret army after the end of World War II and had plans to overthrow the Allies who occupied Germany, according to a report published this week based on newly available documents by the German intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND)

 

A group of 2,000 soldiers — veterans of the Nazi-era Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS — formed the group, and with a plan to recruit 40,000, they spied on politicians and amassed weapons to attack opposing forces, including the Soviets in East Germany, the files revealed.

Their aim was to restore “honor” and “to defend nascent West Germany against Eastern aggression in the early stages of the Cold War and, on the domestic front, to deploy against the Communists in the event of a civil war,” Der Spiegel reported.

The discovery of the documents was accidental, the German magazine revealed, detailing how a German historian working for an Independent Historical Commission hired by the BND to research its history and that of its predecessor (the Gehlen Organization), stumbled upon the files, which had been given the title “Insurances.” The historian Agilolf Kesselring published his study this week.

 

“The involvement of leading figures in Germany’s future armed forces, the Bundeswehr, are an indication of just how serious the undertaking was likely to have been,” Der Spiegel reported.

 

West Germany’s then-leader chancellor Konrad Adenauer was told about the covert army in 1951 but decided only to monitor the group, the documents reveal.

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