U.S. Plane Was Shot Down by Russians

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U.S. Plane Was Shot Down by Russians - U.5. Plane Was Shot Down by Russian Jets...
U.5. Plane Was Shot Down by Russian Jets WASHINGTON (AP)_The U.S. Russian Jet fighters shot down the American transport plane which crash-landed in Soviet Armenia June 27. Five of the nine airmen para chuted. Four others rod* the burning plane to the crash landing The Air Fore* said the red fighters made another firing at tack on the crippled transport as it was beading U lor lta landing, The nine men were released by Russian authorities to American officials Monday, returning to their home atation at Teheran. The Soviet version of the 1 dent was that the USAF transport was compelled to land after It nan flown Into Soviet territory and that the plana burned on the ground, Today's Air Force announcement said the American fliers reported they were intercepted by the MIGs and set afire at 15,000 feet combination of extensive thunderstorms, instrument flight conditions and unreported high winds had caused Inadvertent crossing of the Soviet frontier," the statement aald. The burning plan* exploded on the ground, the Air Fore* said. The four crew membera who rode it down were able to reach safety. members of the crew are suffering from extreme fatigue and exhaustion, the Air Fore* said. In addition, Airman Peter N. Sabo, suffered second-degree irns. Landing with the plan* ware Maj. Luther W. Lyle, the plane commander; . Capt. James T. Kane, Lt. James M. Luther and Sgt. James G. Holman. Parachuting were sano, U)L Dale D. Brannon, Maj. Robert E. Crans, Maj. Bennle A. Shupe and Airman Earl H. Reamer,

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  1. The News Tribune,
  2. 08 Jul 1958, Tue,
  3. Page 2

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