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The day was February. Fifth Nineteen fifty eight the US air force lost a nuclear bomb in the waters near Taibbi island off the coast of Georgia though fake news stories claiming that the bomb had been found have emerged. The bomb is considered lost that day. A. B. Forty-seven bomber under the command of Major Howard. Richardson was flying a simulated combat mission from Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. The plane was carrying a mark. Fifteen thermonuclear no nuclear bomb. That weighed more than seven thousand pounds to make the simulation more realistic. The bomb contained four hundred pounds of high explosives as well as enriched uranium and other nuclear material. The bomb may have had a plutonium nuclear core or it may have had demi core installed if it did its nuclear capsule. An explosion could cause serious damage in injury for miles early that morning before. Sunrise and F eighty six expire jet out of Charleston accidentally collided with Richardson's be forty seven and the fighter jets pilot. Lieutenant Clarence Stewart did not see the bomber on his radar. The left-wing ripped off of the F eighty six and the B forty seven fuel tanks. Were badly damaged. Stewart ejected from the fighter and and landed in the Savannah River swamp though he survived the landing he was severely frost in the F. Eighty six landed in a field in Georgia as Richardson attempted to regain control of the B. Forty seven he requested an emergency landing at Hunter Air Force Base in Savannah but the runway was under repair ear. Richardson did not want the bomb to break loose on an emergency landing and he wanted the cruise to survive so he decided to let go of the Bob over the ocean it before landing at Hunter there was no explosion when the bomb entered the ocean. Just off Taibbi Island and they landed safely at hunter for his his efforts. Richardson got the Distinguished Flying Cross. A decoration awarded to officers when they show heroism or extraordinary achievement during flight. The navy searched the loss bom for two months but could not find it. Officials believe it's buried under silt at West. I'll obey off Taibbi in a letter. The Assistant Assistant Secretary of Defense wrote to a congressional committee in Nineteen Sixty six. The TAIBBI bomb was identified as a quote complete weapon but the air force maintained that the bomb did not have a nuclear capsule and is not considered dangerous. It also said that starting a search for the bomb would have unwanted effects on the environment virement and could be risky considering explosives in the bomb. They suggested that it's best left undisturbed.