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USAr Pershing CAS - Böttingen

Last modified: 20 Nov 2016, submitted by: Joker
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Country: Germany    Region: BW

Latitude: 48° 4' 22" N     Longitude: 8° 47' 44" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed

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Böttingen. Former (1959-1966) French Nike missilesite 520 Arty Bde A Btry LA.
From 1970 - 1973 used as Pershing 1 CAS by 1st Batn 41th Field Arty Regt (Schwäbisch Gmünd).

February 1970 accident with a nuclear warhead! During standard checks on an operational Pershing 1 missile on Combat Alert Status the missile turned over and fell on the ground. The CAS site was evacuated immediately and sealed off for anybody: fortunately no detonation! The accident got the "Broken Arrow" (Non-nuc detonation or burning of a nuclear weapon but with radioactive contamination) status but later on it was changed in "Bent Spear" status (violation or breach of handling and security regulations), probably to calm down civili authorities.


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