REPORTED BOMB DROPS ON HONDURAS - 22 JUNE 1954

Created: 6/22/1954

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E. SHERWOOD 3hl H. F. I.0

atedune stated the followingi FROMk* OS FOBCHASB DEAL. CADICK STATESKEEK

8 If" AIR READY ETSO FOR EXUSS TO TAP GOAT, laAEKT STARTS TO FOID VE HAVE CAPABILITY PROVHeC WITHCAM PAUTT GOAT MARKINGSND DBOP BCKP3(NEAR MISS ON

MTLITAHI AREA) BELIEVE THIS WOOID DO IT. OULD RETURN KANT ISOLATED STRIP AMDARKINGS REPLACED. LlBC replied lo SHERWOOD (Raf I) onUfMll. DESTROY ALL COPIES THIS MSG AHD DISCOURAGE THIS TYPE OP DISCISSION. OR SHEKWOODi COMPLY AS PER ABOVE.

2. tates that the Honduranian Foreign Minister reported that "three bcabs,ud vore dropped on San Pedro De Cop an, Honduras,0 Juneuatemalan plane." This is further elaborated upon byhich states that "two or three water filled practice bombs loadednail ehargo were dropped from an unidentified single cngino aircraft near runway at aan Pedro De Copan. Bombs did explode making crater three foet wide and six inches deep. Another bombbs. tlmi fuse of fins landed unexploded." tates that the Hani Attache, Tegu, had the dud In bis possession and it reportedly was sent to Washington for examination. LINCOLM has heard no result* of this examination.

3- On this sane day,OMERSET fighterEef D) was airborne0ission of armed recon of Chiquimula area, carryingb. boobs. The after mission reportsnd F) stated that the weather in tho target area waa wry bad but the pilotmall hole near Zacapa and attempted to knock out bridge but all three bombs were duds. Subsequent rechecklng with pilot as result of LINCOLN query brought forth following statement (Bef G) "PILOT STATES NO QUESTION HIS POSITION OVER ZACAPA DEFINITELY NOT OVER COPAN, HONDURAS."

U. The above facta have been verified by debriefing of all air support personnel and it ie agreed that there are two possible explanations of the reported bombing) i

WSBURBT or otherropped ther

PBSOCCESS pilot, unfamiliar with the terrain and lost inmistook San Pedro De CopanPURHT target

Pending further word on the origin of the recovered dad bomb lt is inqwsslblH to state which of tb* two possible explantlons lathe more likely.

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