When a U.S. city was bombed by the U.S. Air Force

A friend from MeWe.com sent some WWII trivia that I found interesting enough to share. In 1944 the USAF (United States Army Air Corps was officially part of the U.S. Army at the time) actually bombed near a U.S. city. Below is the cross post of the trivia.


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When a U.S. city was bombed by the U.S. Air Force.


USAF WW2 history – VFW Post 4012 Information Portal

Posted July 17, 2019

Northville VFW Post 4012


600 Bar & Café – Miles City, MT


During the dead of winter, March 21st 1944; Miles City, Montana; local residents woke to their quaint little town being overrun and submerged by the rising frozen waters of the Yellowstone river. Ice jams were building quickly, raising the subzero river water levels over 16 feet. As the blocks of ice, slush and freezing waters flooded into the city, residents were forced to flee their homes for safer grounds.


B 17 Bomber & bombs


Miles City Mayor L.S. Keye knew immediate action must be taken, and brought in explosive experts from a nearby town. Two local pilots took a small aircraft over the river and attempted to drop and detonate 50 pound homemade bombs on the Yellowstone ice jam , but unfortunately it had little effect.


Mayor L.S. Keye then decided to do the unthinkable, and placed an urgent request to the Governor’s office. His request was short, and to the point “Send in the Bombers!”


B 17 in Flight


At a USAAF base in Rapid City S.D., the crew of an Army Air Force B-17 were quick to accept the unusual mission, and preparations to bomb an American city were fast underway. The crew hastily began fusing and loading 250-pound bombs into the bomb bay of their USAAF Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Shortly thereafter, the loaded bomber with her crew of eight, took to the skies in a harsh blizzard and low ceilings.


The plan was to deliver the bombs to Miles City where the load would be transferred to a waiting Dive-Bomber to execute the bomb delivery. As the lone B-17 was nearing Miles City, low clouds forced the plans to be changed. Under a blanket of 1000 foot overcast skies, the B-17 was then ordered to handle the bombing run themselves.


Miles City Daily Star. Flood Waters Reach City 3/21/1944


Originally planned to release the load at 10,000 feet, the low overcast forced the bomber crew to take their ship lower. At 1930 hours, in heavy snow, winds and cold, the bomber appeared over the river and executed two dummy bombing runs as crowds of locals watched in amazement. On the third pass, the B-17 released a test bomb that exploded precisely on target. Unsure of the effect, the crew brought their bomber around again.


Making a two more passes, releasing all six of the 250 lb. bombs. Hundreds of residents watched motionless, and none speaking a word. The entire town, their homes and their families future hung in the balance as they watched the bombs fall. Seconds later a huge plume of ice, mud and water exploded skyward from the frozen Yellowstone river.


The ice jam quickly broke apart, and the frozen waters slowly receded, saving the small town. The next morning, local residents were thrilled to watch as the water levels had dropped a full 10 feet from the day before.


That night the crew of the B-17 were welcomed by the thankful and relieved residents of Miles City Montana. The entire crew were put up at the local hotel, and each received a well-deserved steak dinner.


The next morning, the crew departed, and the B-17 made a final victory pass low over the town at 50 feet over the rooftops, rocking their wings as they flew back home to Rapid City SD… and so the story goes of the only time the continental United States was bombed.


Of all national assets, archives are the most precious; they are the gifts of one generation to another.  And the care of them, marks the extent of our civilization.”Sir A. G. Doughty


Northville VFW Post 4012 Homepage


438 South Main Street; Northville, Michigan


Downtown Miles City, Montana 6/10/08 Wikipedia


Miles City, Montana – Wikipedia Entry This page was last edited on 29 July 2019, at 23:26 (UTC):


Miles City is a city in and the county seat of Custer County, Montana, United States.[4] The population was 8,410 at the 2010 census. MORE TO READ


Author: oneway2day

I am a Neoconservative Christian Right blogger. I also spend a significant amount of time of exposing theopolitical Islam.

6 thoughts on “When a U.S. city was bombed by the U.S. Air Force”

    1. Gab.com: “First they take your speech. Then they take your money. Then they take your guns. Then they take your life. History tells this story well. Over and over.”

      Thanks Futuret. This link is from your link. (Source: A federal bill may change your right to choose whether or not you want to be vaccinated)

      I (yurki1000) live in Europe. Guess what happened? I was blocked:

      – Our European visitors are important to us. This site is currently unavailable to visitors from the European Economic Area while we work to ensure your data is protected in accordance with applicable EU laws. –


      From an other link from your link:

      “The Death of the Internet: Why sites like this are being taken down”

      – The free and open internet is dead!

      This isn’t hyperbole; it’s a fact. No matter how you feel about sites like 4Chan and 8Chan, when you have a few billionaires deciding what can and can’t stay on the internet, Houston, we have a problem.

      Conspiracy Alert!

      Remember years ago, when you could do a Google search and actually find real information? Well, that was before 16 companies took over the internet.

      According to research done by Glen Allsopp, 16 companies control everything you see online! In fact, I can tell you from experience that these bastards offered us $250,000 to sell the site. When I turned them down, our trademark was stolen and a copycat site was launched to take us down.

      In his blog post, Glen outlines how these companies use their online authority to crush small sites and take control of the search results. Here is just a small example of what he found. –


      “Internet Censoring: Internet Giants Killing Alternative Media & attempting to Change How You Think.”

      – The Progressive Thought Police: Internet Giants Seizing Control over the Internet

      Between Facebook, Twitter, and Google most internet traffic is now driven by one of these large corporate sites. In fact, it’s estimated that as much as 40% of all news site traffic is now delivered directly from Facebook alone. With so much traffic now in the hands of a few large Silicon Valley corporations, you really have to ask yourself: How free is the internet?

      Think about it; a handful of very large corporations now have the power to control exactly what you see, and then slowly shift how you feel about certain subjects without you even knowing.

      What sounds like something directly out of 1984, has now become our reality. With the flip of a switch — or rather a small change in a computer algorithm — these three companies can now control exactly what you see, what the public reads, and even how the public feels on just about any subject.

      Stop and think about what that really means. –


      “Is the Internet Dead? The Take down of GAB, Free Speech, and Alternative Media”

      – Over the last week, it’s become quite clear that the free and open internet is dead; sadly, this is due to a handful of so-called “American” corporations who despise and detest the freedoms this country was founded upon.

      Yesterday, GAB, an alternative social media platform built upon giving people their first amendment rights to speak freely, was systematically targeted and taken down by the companies that run the infrastructure of the internet.

      This was all done because a single user on their platform allegedly committed a horrific act of violence against a Jewish synagogue. So to save the world from hatred and bigotry, the internet elites decided free-speech could no longer be allowed on the internet and set their crosshairs on GAB.

      PayPal and Stripe, two of the company’s payment providers, dropped them making it impossible for GAB to process payments. Then, Joyent, their internet server provider, suspended theirs servers making their website and social media platform unavailable on the internet. –



      I believe the time of “the mark of the beast” will begin soon.

      Revelation 13:16-17 (CJB) Also it forces everyone — great and small, rich and poor, free and slave — to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead preventing anyone from buying or selling unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.

      There will be “great tribulation”.

      Mark 13:19 (KJV) For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

      Is there hope? Yes.

      1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NOG) The Lord will come from heaven with a command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the dead who believed in Christ will come back to life. Then, together with them, we who are still alive will be taken in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. In this way we will always be with the Lord.

      1 Thessalonians 5:9 (VOICE) For God has not destined us, His chosen, to face His wrath but to be the heirs of salvation through our Lord Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King,



      1. Please sign.

        “National Petition in Support of Senator Josh Hawley’s Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act”

        – To: Members of the United States Congress

        As a conservative American who believes in my Constitutional rights to free speech, I urge you to pass Senator Josh Hawley’s Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act today.

        This necessary legislation removes the immunity that Big Tech companies receive unless they submit to an external audit that, “proves by clear and convincing evidence that their algorithms and content-removal practices are politically neutral.”

        Essentially, it ensures that all Americans are granted free speech, and that Big Tech isn’t picking political winners and losers based on their secretive algorithms.

        To ensure fairness in elections, this Act must be passed before 2020! –



      1. I’m sorry John. Your article is positive and hope-giving. I blindly followed Futuret’s link and made things unnecessary heavy. Please have mercy on me. I’d like to lighten a little:)

        “Sweet Popcorn Bombs”

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