Gatchell’s Bruner to Give Presentation on Bomber Mountain

Sylvia Bruner, Director of the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum in Buffalo, will be giving a presentation entitled “The Flyboys of Bomber Mountain” via the ZOOM online platform later this month.

The program will be offered on Saturday, July 18th at 7pm and is being hosted by the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum in Casper as part of their new “On Point: History & Veterans Issues in Wyoming” series.

The series is co-sponsored by the Casper College Veterans Club and the Wyoming Humanities Council.

According to a release from the Veterans Museum, Bruner’s program will concentrate on the crash of a US Army bomber in the Bighorn Mountains above Buffalo.

“Late during the night of June 28, 1943, Second Lieutenant Billy Ronaghan piloted the gleaming B-17f high above the earth. Ronaghan and the other nine men on board were headed overseas to join the bombing missions in the European Theater of WWII. They never arrived.:

It was reported in the release that “the Army Air Corps lost 479 B-17 bombers in the United States between December 1941 and August 1945.

The Bomber Crash in the Big Horns…still lies high in the Cloud Peak Wilderness atop Bomber Mountain.

The focus of the program is to share the story and to honor the ten crewmen who died.”

This program is free to the public , and can be viewed via the ZOOM platform here:

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