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Re: April (2017)
« Reply #33 on: April 28, 2017, 09:19:27 PM »
April 29, 1945  Operations Manna and Chowhound Begin



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29 April 1945: With the defeat of Germany imminent, millions of Dutch citizens were still under the control of the occupying German army. Food was very scarce. The Allies tried to negotiate a cease fire so that American and British airplanes could fly into The Netherlands and drop food to the people.

The truce had not yet been agreed to by Germany, but on 29 April, Operation Manna and Chowhound began. The first night, to test the feasibility of the project, two Royal Air Force Avro Lancaster four-engine long range heavy bombers of No. 101 Squadron, Bad Penny crewed by Canadians, and a second ship flown by an Australian crew, were loaded with food at RAF Ludford Magna and flew into The Netherlands at barely 50 feet above the ground. To drop the food they simply opened the bomb bay doors and the bags and packages fell to the starving people below.

Over the next ten days, approximately 11,000 tons of food were dropped by RAF Lancasters and U.S. Army Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress bombers.
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Re: April (2017)
« Reply #34 on: April 28, 2017, 09:20:16 PM »
April 30, 1959 Final flight of the Peacemaker



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30 April 1959: Convair B-36J-1-CF Peacemaker, serial number 52-2220, landed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, completing the very last flight ever made by one of the giant  Cold War-era bombers. It is on the collection of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Convair B-36J 52-2220 was among the last group of 33 B-36 bombers built. It was operated by an aircraft commander/pilot, co-pilot, two navigators, bombardier, two flight engineers, two radio operators, two electronic countermeasures operators and five gunners, a total 16 crewmembers. Frequently a third pilot and other additional personnel were carried.

Between 1946 and 1954, 384 B-36 Peacemakers were built. They were never used in combat. Only five still exist.
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