Bombs Away! The day America dropped four nukes on Spain

This might have been an accident but the results could have been catastrophic for southern Spain and other parts of Europe. Interesting piece of modern history from David Lawlor.


Usaf.Boeing_B-52 A B-52 bomber like the one which crashed at Palomares

It was January 17, 1966, and Jose Molinero was teaching class in his elementary school in the village of Palomares, on Spain’s southeast coast, when he noticed huge pieces of blazing metal falling from the sky.

A plane’s landing gear smashed into the ground just 80 yards away. He immediately ordered his pupils to stay indoors. One little girl later described how the sky was ‘raining fire’.

Others witnessed the debris, too. ‘I looked up and saw this huge ball of fire, falling through the sky. The two planes were breaking into pieces,’ local man Manolo Gonzales later told Public Radio International.

Plane crashes are rare enough, mid-air collisions even more so, but this was even rarer – and far more dangerous… this was the day an American B-52 bomber and its refuelling plane collided causing four nuclear bombs to…

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About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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8 Responses to Bombs Away! The day America dropped four nukes on Spain

  1. joannesisco says:

    I’m not sure I’m going to sleep better at nights knowing this :/

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  2. inesephoto says:

    Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Crazy, that I never even have heard of this before. Interesting to learn new and old history facts for the first time.

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