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Fatal 1942 Plane Crash In Peru, Mass. Remembered

Facebook: State Representative Paul Mark

About 50 people Tuesday recognized the 75th anniversary of the plane crash that killed 16 U.S. Air Force paratroopers in Peru, Massachusetts. 

A Douglas C-53 transport plane carrying 19 U.S. Air Force paratroopers crashed in Peru in August 1942. Sixteen died. The plane had been heading for Providence, Rhode Island.

The paratroopers were returning from a night jumping training mission. They were based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and were likely to join the D-Day invasion forces.

The memorial in Peru, dedicated in 1946, is a 5 foot-high stone mound with a plaque listing the names of the dead. 

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