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Following the daring and successful Doolittle Raid on Tokyo during World War 2, 16 American B-25 bombers continued on with perhaps the most dangerous portion of their flight. Having launched from the USS Hornet some 650 miles from the coast of Japan, the B-25s were on a one-way mission nearly out of fuel, and the aircraft flew towards China, as planned. That is, at least 15 of them did.
One aircraft would fail to make it to China and would inexplicably land near Vladivostok, Russia over 650 miles away, despite supposedly being under strict orders to avoid Soviet territory. The crew of Plane #8, as it was designated, was detained despite a wartime alliance with the Soviet Union. The mystery surrounding this diversion persists amid rumors that Plane #8 had secret orders and was on a special mission of its own…
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