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World War II History Talk: B17 Bomber Crash in Story County 1944

Location: Ames Public Library Auditorium

By Matt Donovan, Iowa DOT Archeologist and Historian
In March 1944, a B17 bomber based in Kearney, NE crashed near Maxwell, IA, lost while flying in a snow and wind storm and taking the lives of seven crew members. A mail carrier was the first to reach the scene on the Cleat Donahoo farm 40 miles from Des Moines. The Donahoos witnessed the crash from their bedroom, seeing an explosion before the ship fell. The speaker has researched aviation archaeology in Iowa and will provide interesting details about this WWII-era tragedy. Presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library. Supported by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program.
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Earlier Event: July 25
Beer & Cheese Pairing
Later Event: July 27
Main Street Summer Sidewalk Sale