Accidental bombing 75 years ago in Platte County still puzzling
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in 2013.
COLUMBUS -- Norbert Ciecior was 12 years old, he and three younger siblings fast asleep inside the family’s home, when the two B-17 bombers began circling the small Platte County community of Tarnov.
It was at about 4 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, 1943. World War II was being waged on the European and Pacific fronts.
In Tarnov, the roughly 100 townspeople, most of Polish descent, had finished celebrating at the annual harvest festival just three hours earlier.
Ciecior’s mother, Mary, was awakened by the sounds of the planes overhead. She was discussing the noise with her husband, Joseph, when the 100-pound bomb came tearing through the home on the south side of town.