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SCLT Explore History and Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum will tell the tragic tale of Bomber Mountain

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Photo courtesy of Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum.

Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum Executive Director Syliva Bruner and Sheridan Community Land Trust History Program Manager Kevin Knapp made an appearance on Sheridan Media’s Public Pulse to discuss an upcoming Explore History that will honor the U.S. servicemen that died on Bomber Mountain. 

According to Bruner, in the summer of 1945, cowboys were rounding up their cattle in the Bighorn Mountains when they noticed something shining on top of a ridge. They had found the wreckage of a B-17 Bomber. The crew of 10 servicemembers had perished in a tragic and catastrophic event when the bomber lost its way and crashed into the side of the mountain. 

Informed by a decade of research, Bruner will tell the story of the 10 men on board the B-17 Bomber that had taken off from Pendleton OR two years earlier and never returned.

Knapp said there are two opportunities to attend the Explore History program and Bruner said it is her honor to help keep the memory of these 10 men who perished in such a tragic accident alive. 


Explore History programs from the SCLT are free and open to the public.

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