Francis Gary Powers and His U-2 Wreckage

Francis Gary Powers and his Lockheed U-2 were shot-down by a Soviet surface-to-air (SAM) missile on May 1, 1960. This image, by an unnamed Soviet photographer, depicts a view of the wreckage.

This was not the first time the Soviets had shot-down a plane flying over its territory. It was actually the 11th shoot-down, according to a formerly top-secret/now-declassified document entitled "Maybe You Had to Be There." (See page 5 of the 44-page report.)

There was a difference, however, between the other shoot-downs and that of the Powers' U-2 Incident. This time, the pilot (who had no accompanying crew) lived.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Sep 25, 2015

Updated Last Revision: Jun 02, 2016

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Photo, by unnamed Soviet photographer, depicting wreckage of the U-2 flown by Francis Gary Powers and shot-down over Soviet territory on May 1, 1960.

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