70th Anniversary of Typhoon Ursula

Track of Typhoon Ursula 1945

Track of Typhoon Ursula 1945

On September 10, 1945, Typhoon Ursula downed a fleet of 30 US aircraft transporting liberated prisoners of war to the Philippines.  The planes were flying from Okinawa to the Philippines, as part of a larger effort to repatriate 32,000 Allied war prisoners, when they encountered rough weather associated with the typhoon.  Over 900 servicemen, both former POWs and aircrew, were killed in the tragedy, making it one of the worst peacetime aviation disasters in history.

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