West Germany: Plunge from The Skies

Plunge from The Skies

+ On a quiet, misty afternoon last week in Remscheid, a working-class town in West Germany's Ruhr district, a U.S. A-10A fighter plane suddenly plummeted out of the low overcast, its twin jets screaming. "It raced over my head at a height of about 15 meters ((roughly 50 ft.)) and came down like a huge fireball," said Fritz Hesse, who was working on his roof.

Nearby, Nicholas Robles' apartment went up in flames; the family barely escaped alive.

Not so lucky were the American pilot, who had inexplicably veered off course, and at least five German civilians, who were killed. Some...

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