Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Bomber Rams Skyscraper
On July 28, 1945, Army 0577 was returning to Sioux Falls from the East Coast when the pilot became lost in a blinding fog. Traveling 250 mph, the 12-ton bomber slammed into the 78th floor of New York's Empire State Building, then the world's tallest building. The point of impact was 975 feet above street level. Highly flammable aviation fuel exploded, unleashing a deadly fireball inside the skyscraper.
Killed in the tragic collision were the plane's 3 occupants and 11 people at work in the building. Concluding that fault for the accident was largely that of the pilot, the Army thereafter required more intensive transitional training for pilots returning from overseas combat duty.
Erected 2001 by the Minnehaha County Historical Society and the City of Sioux
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Disasters • War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is July 28, 1945.
Location. 43° 34.349′ N, 96° 44.465′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on West Algonquin Street, 0.1 miles east of North Industrial Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sioux Falls SD 57104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stratosphere Balloonist (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Forgotten Heroes (approx. ¼ mile away); Municipal Airport (approx. ¼ mile away); Massacre Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Midair Collision (approx. 0.7 miles away); Liberty Tree (approx. 0.7 miles away); "Eternal Sentry" (approx. ¾ mile away); Going Home (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 29, 2022. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 29, 2022.