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Son shot down in 1960 over the Urals pilot from the USA presented a book of letters from father

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EKATERINBURG, December 7. /TASS/. Son of the American pilot Francis powers, shot down may 1, 1960 over the Urals, has presented a book compiled from personal letters and diaries of his father, which he wrote in a Soviet prison. This was reported by powers Jr. at the book launch at the Museum of military equipment “Battle glory of the Urals” in the town of Verkhnyaya Pyshma in Sverdlovsk region.

“I give this book to the Museum, along with copies of photographs of Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg – approx. TASS), Moscow, which was made in 1959 and 1956, respectively reconnaissance aircraft that flew over the Soviet Union . During the last 20 years, I was able to collect all the letters that he sent and he sent, and personal diaries, which he wrote in prison,” he said.

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According to him, the Internet contains a wealth of information about the incident, which is not true. “The main purpose of the publication of the diaries and personal letters to tell me that my father is no traitor, he did not cooperate voluntarily with the Committee for state security (KGB),” said powers Jr.

He arranged a tour of the Museum “Battle glory of the Urals”, showed the aircraft, which was on arms of the Soviet Union, and also showed a fragment of the fuselage of the reconnaissance aircraft U-2 piloted by his father. “For me, it is amazing to hold this fragment in hand,” added powers, Jr.

According to his information, the plane after being hit by missiles began to fall sharply. During the fall the pilot for a long time could not eject, he was able to leave the cockpit only at a height of 4.5 km. powers landed in the field where grown cabbage, told by the son of the pilot.

Powers initially did not disclose that he had performed a reconnaissance flight over Soviet territory. He said that he is American, his aircraft experienced a mechanical problem and he should visit the US Embassy, said powers, Jr.

About the incident

Spy plane Lockheed U-2, which was ruled by a U.S. air force pilot Francis Gary powers, was shot down by Soviet air defenses over the Urals on may 1, 1960. On interrogations the pilot admitted that he carried out the shooting of the Soviet military-industrial facilities. Powers was held in prison for 21 months and returned home in 1962 when he was exchanged for the Soviet scout-illegal immigrant Rudolf Abel (William Fisher), who was arrested in the US on charges of “nuclear espionage”. The wreckage of us aircraft was transferred to the Central armed forces Museum in Moscow.

American pilot killed in plane crash in August 1977.

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