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An opening reception is slated to begin at 7 p.m. on June 13, featuring a presentation by author Paul M. Sailer, who told the story of that fatal bombing run in his award-winning novel, “The Oranges Are Sweet”. The reception is free and open to the public. Ronni Nordby, daughter of Art Dobias, will be a special guest at the event. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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It may have been weather, or a faulty engine.

A U.S. Air Force crew of 10 left England for a bombing run over France during World War II.


Crashing after take-off with a full load of bombs, only six returned.

One of the survivors was area veteran Art Dobias, who served with the Allied Forces in the European Theater of Operations as a member of the 493rd Bomb Group, 862nd Squadron.

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