On the night of July 5th, 1943, a USAAF B-17 lumbered aloft from the training field near Dalhart, TX on a practice bombing mission on a range to the north. The navigator, however, made one of those navigator-type errors and the square of lights on which the crew started unloading their practice bombs marked, not the target, but the town square of Boise City, Oklahoma.
Nobody was killed, largely due to the fact that the training bombs consisted of a couple pounds of dynamite and almost a hundred pounds of sand, to make them drop right, and the fact that one intrepid Sooner ran through the hail of aerial practice death and threw the main breaker for the square, removing the target for the bomber's crew. Also, this being small-town America in the '40s, the sidewalks had probably been rolled up and put away not long after sundown.
Phlegmmie and I stopped in the bustling metropolis (pop. 1,266) to snap a picture of the wry little bronze monument right on the town square:
Definitely an interesting historical tidbit, and something to toss back at the next person who sniffs "Well, America doesn't understand the horrors of war because it wasn't bombed in WWII!"
Interestingly, being bombed by the U.S. Army, and far more recently than, say, Vicksburg at that, doesn't seem to have affected their patriotism much in Boise City: