by Emmett “Paul Harvey, RIP” Smith
In research lies the test of oral memory!
In a recent posting, “Fun With Google Satellite Maps: See For Yourself Where It All Happened In Bodwyn Wook!” I give my account from memory of the story as I recall it from childhood, of the plane crash described below. I use the Google maps format as a starting point — and yet look at what errors stand in memory, as to dates and time! I quite thought (until just an hour ago!) that the dreadful air crash I allude happened after my best friend, Mark Bergquist, had moved with his family to Omaha in our third grade year, in January of 1958, and NOT a year and half before. And that is only the beginning of how unreliable memory is….
The displayed photo does have a copyright with the Mpls Star and Tribune. Before the 1960s, numbers and arrows were sometimes added to photos to help explain what happened. Here’s the original caption from this Minneapolis Star photo: “Jet plane struck the ground (1), bounced and struck again (2), then crashed into house (3). “
So uncertain is the individual memory, indeed, that today I registered as a member with them and lifted the picture and text used by me here, from the ww2aircraft website:
THE Whole story of the 1956 (NOT 1958) air crashes (!) in South Minneapolis is available at:
And so, now, here is “the rest of the story!”
Military Jet Crashes in 1956 in Minneapolis
[introduction by original poster, at ww2aircraft website — ERS:]
I found this interesting news story from 1956. The international airport serving the Minneaplis/Saint Paul area has always co hosted a joint Navy/AF reserve base.
The following link tells the story on June 9 1956, an F89 Scorpion with live ordinance crashed on takeoff slaming into a car and killing two people.
Amazingly, four days later, an F9F crashed on takeoff and killed a dozen people.
Note – click on this weblink to read the blogs of some people who were little kids when it happened and witnessed it.
Saturday, June 9, 1956
6 KILLED AS JET HITS HOUSE
On Tuesday, June 5, 1956, an Air Force F89 Scorpion fighter jet carrying 104 live rockets crashed (more…)
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