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30th August, 2018

Section of WWII bomber lifted from Danube

A piece of wreckage of an American Liberator bomber shot down in World War II was discovered in the Danube near Tököl due to the low level of the river last week.

The four-metre section of a wing was lifted from the river last Friday and taken to the Szolnok Airplane Museum, where it is now on display after cleaning.

The wreckage is part of a B-24 bomber flown by Lt. Frank Wodzinski, which was shot down on July 30, 1944 when the 485th Bomb Group of the US 15th Air Force attacked the Duna Aircraft Factory.

The bomber began to fall vertically and then smashed into the Danube.

One member of the crew survived the crash.

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