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Board of Inquiry Affirms Francis Gary Powers' Performance

Feb. 27, 1962 - A special board of inquiry has concluded that Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 pilot whose plane was downed over the Soviet Union May 1, 1960, did his best to carry out his instructions and fulfill his contract with the Central Intelligence Agency. The inquiry, together with questioning by intelligence officials, has failed to determine conclusively how the high-altitude reconnaissance plane was brought down. Officials are now convinced, however, that the plane was not brought down by a direct hit by a Soviet rocket. The board was created by President Kennedy at the request of the C.I.A.


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