Memories of bomber crash still fresh for those who saw planes fall from the sky

LAUREL — What L.J. “Ole” Mallatt saw over the skies of Laurel on Aug. 5, 1944, left a life-long impression on him and everyone else who witnessed it.

For the soon-to-be 17-year-old enlisted teenager, it evoked a sense of pride, duty and American patriotism that would change his life forever.

In an interview last week, it took a moment or two for Mallatt to get to the details of this horrific event.


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