Mount Vesuvius caused more Allied bomber losses than a Nazi air raid

The Italian Campaign of World War II happened to coincide with the last major eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Bad news for the 340th Bombardment Group of the US Army Air Forces, which happened to be based at Pompeii Airfield at the time of the eruption. Yeah. That Pompeii. » 11/21/11 4:30pm 11/21/11 4:30pm