March 17, 1966

On This Date in! in 1966 a U.S. submarine found a missing H-bomb in the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain. On January 17, 1966, a USAF B-52 bomber collided with a flying tanker during a mid-air refueling mission over the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain. Both planes exploded, killing their crews and dropped four Hydrogen bombs. Three were found near the fishing village of Palomares, Spain. The bombs did not detonate in a nuclear fireball, but the non-nuclear explosives in two of the bombs did go off and spread plutonium in a 2 square mile area. The fourth bomb was recovered intact in the ocean after a two and a half month search. The US military was happy to find it before the Russians could snag it.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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