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Anniversary of Island's worst air crash

Flying Fortress crashed on North Barrule 74 years ago

It's the 74th anniversary of the worst air disaster ever seen on Manx soil.

An American Flying Fortress bomber crashed into the side of North Barrule on 23 April 1945, killing all 31 on board.

The plane was on a peaceful mission, taking its 27 passengers for a few days of leave in Northern Ireland.

Whilst visibility was poor at the time, it's never been known for certain why the plane crashed.

However, it has been suggested that the pilot had been flying low over the Island in order to see where a colleague of his had lost his life on North Barrule in another crash, some nine months earlier.

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