Tucson, AZ Bomber Tank Falls, Dec 1959


Tucson, Ariz. (AP) -- A woman riding a bicycle died in a pillar of fire Monday when a B47 fuel tank fell like a bomb and exploded.
The victim was JUNE A. DAVID, 32-year-old mother of two boys.
Officer Clifford Smith said the woman was sucked into a fiery column that shot 250 to 300 feet high. Her incinerated body was found 30 to 40 feet from the bicycle.
The tank, laden with 1,750 gallons of fuel, fell as the plane rose from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Smith said it exploded on impact and spread a fiery carpet 675 feet long and 352 feet wide.

Port Angeles Evening News Washington 1959-12-29

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