Local History: Keeping the home fires burning
Christmas 1944 was, as Charles Dickens would have said, both the worst of times and the best of times. Tunica County and the nation were in the third year of World War II, and about to have the fourth Christmas since the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A spirit of optimism and pride was tempered by news from abroad, as the Allies pushed the Axis powers back both in Europe and the Pacific.
Only weeks before Christmas, Tunica County residents were surprised as they watched a B-17 bomber circle south of the town, apparently looking for a place to land. As they watched the airship turn and bank, they didn’t realize that it was being flown on autopilot. As the plane rose and descended, it abruptly turned south, and in just a few minutes, crashed into an open field on the Bonnie Blue Plantation just east of Clayton.