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This unfortunate P-47 was the victim of a 500 pound bomb which
fell from its fuselage shackle and exploded. The pilot, Lt.
Hallberg had been unable to release the bomb and was forced to
land with it. Somehow, the safetywire preventing the fusing
vanes from turning had broken. The result was that the bomb
had armed. As Hallberg taxied across the rutted field, the
demolition bomb fell off and detonated. Amazingly, the
Lt. Hallberg suffered only minor injuries and was flying again within
days, albeit with the radio volume turned up considerably. If there was
ever a testimony to the ruggedness of the Thunderbolt, this incident is
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