l’avion était le « Old John Feather Merchant », serial number Army 0577, affecté au transport de VIP, basé à la base de SIOUX FALLS dans le DAKOTA du SUD…
En cherchant plus avant, j’ai trouvé ceci :
récit d’un ancien membre de l’USAF:
BOMBER RAMS SKYSCRAPER
Following victory in Europe during World War II, the Sioux Falls Army Air Base became a reception center for airmen returning to be redeployed to the war in the Pacific.
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.
DEDICATED IN 2001 BY THE
MINNEHAHA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
AND THE CITY OF SIOUX FALLS