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Plane that flew Mann Gulch smokejumpers to mark fire tragedy

July 16, 2019

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The airplane that flew 12 smokejumpers to a fire in Mann Gulch, where they died along with a fire guard, will take part in the 70th anniversary commemorating the Montana tragedy.

The Johnson Flying Service Douglas DC-3 is now called Miss Montana and recently flew to Europe to mark the World War II anniversaries of D-Day and the Berlin Arilift.

Miss Montana Captain Eric Komberec tells the Missoulian the plane will fly over or past Mann Gulch on Aug. 5 and drop either jumpers or ribbons in memory of those who died.

Kathy Bushnell of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest says the fly-over will be at 10:30 a.m. at the site 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Helena. A barbecue is planned at a nearby picnic area on the Missouri River.

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Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com

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