Plane and parachute fragments (2)
Overall (a): 1 1/4 × 5/8 × 1/8 in. (3.2 × 1.6 × 0.3 cm) Overall (b): 4 in. × 1 in. × 1/4 in. (10.2 × 2.5 × 0.6
handwritten in pencil: on scrap of paper found with objects: "Gift of: / Mr. Herman Schweinert / 2008 Davidson Avenue / New York, N.Y. / piece of parachute cord and metal from plane that crashed into Empire State building / 1945."
Small, roughly triangular piece of metal and short length of silk or nylon parachute cord salvaged from a B-25 bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945.
On July 28, 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the seventy-ninth story of the Empire State Building, killing fourteen people but causing only minimal damage to the structure (see "The Encyclopedia of New York City," p. 376).
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