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376th Bombardment Group, USAAF

376th Bombardment Group, USAAF

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The 376th Bombardment Group was a heavy bomber unit that was formed in the Mediterranean theatre and remained there until the spring of 1945, fighting in North Africa, Italy and raiding across the southern part of the Nazi Empire.

The group was constituted on 19 October 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 October, using B-24 Liberator aircraft that were already in the theatre. The 376th emerged from a plan to operate an Anglo-American Air Force in the Caucasus to aid the Russians. When this was abandoned the preparations were used instead to create the 376th. The new group joined the Ninth Air Force, which was operating from the Middle East in support of the British army in Egypt and the Western Desert.

The group started with attacks on harbours and shipping in Libya, Tunisia, Sicily and Italy, as part of the efforts to isolate the Axis troops in Tunisia.

On 21 November the group took part in the first major raid on Tripoli, where it attacked the main mole in the harbour.

On 15 December the group made the Ninth Air Force's first attack on the ports in Tunisia that were now the main source of supplies for the Axis forces in North Africa, destroying the roundhouse at Sfax.

After the fall of Tripoli the Ninth Air Force's heavy bombers concentrated most of their efforts against Naples, Messina and Palermo in an attempt to cut the supply routes to Tunisia. At first the 376th started each raid from Egypt and used Gambut as a staging post, but in January 1943 the group moved to LG 139 near Gambut, cutting 600 miles off each raid. This would be a short-lived base, and in February the group moved to Soluch, south of Bengasi. This airfield had an unsurfaced landing strip, and so in April the group moved again, this time to Berka No.2, where British engineers had built a hard runway.

A week after this move the group began a series of raids on Catania harbour, responding to a fresh outbreak of German activity.

The group took part in Operation Tidelwave, the attack on the oil facilities at Ploesti on 1 August 1943. It was the lead group and was to attack the Romana Americana refinery. The plan was for the 376th to fly to Floresti and then turn right, head south-east to hit Ploesti from the north-west then turn south-west to return home. Unfortunately the group leader turned at Targoviste, a town west of Floresti. The 376th was followed by the 93rd but not by the 44th or 98th. The 376th and 93rd flew on until they reached Bucharest. Only then did they realise that they had gone wrong, and turned north. At the outskirts of Ploesti the 376th was deflected by heavy AA fire, turned east and then north to try and get around the defences. Eventually General Ent, commanding the raid in the air, ordered the group to attack targets of opportunity. Six of the group's aircraft did hit the Concordia Vega facility and the rest were in the right general area.

On 13 August the group took part in a raid on Wiener Neustadt, a blow against the German aircraft industry.

The group was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation for its actions in the Middle East, North Africa and Sicily between November 1942 and August 1943 and a second DUC for the Ploesti raid.

In August-September 1943 the Ninth Air Force was shut down in the Mediterranean and the HQ was returned to Britain, where it became the core of a virtually new force that would be the American contribution to the tactical air forces at D-Day. The 376th, along with many other existing Ninth Air Force units, remained in the Mediterranean and joined the Twelfth Air Force. This force would be responsible for US tactical air power during the campaign in Italy.

In November 1943 the 376th moved to the Fifteenth Air Force, which controlled the strategic bombing campaign from the Mediterranean. It now concentrated on longer range raids against transport and industrial targets in Italy, France, German, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary and the Balkans, allowing the Allies to hit targets out of range of the Eighth Air Force in Britain.

On 6-7 February 1944 the Luftwaffe made a rare appearance in strength. In response the 376th took part in a major attack against Viterbo, Tarquinia and Orvieto airfields.

In February-March 1944 the group operated in support of the troops at Anzio and Cassino.

On 28 March the group took part in the Fifteenth's first 1,000 ton raid, one of seven large raids on transport targets in northern Italy to be carried out in late March as part of wider Allied efforts to isolate the German front line in Italy.

On 17 May the group took part in another large scale attack on transport, this time an attack on three important Italian harbours (Piombion, San Stefano and Elba/ Porto Ferraio).

The group received a third DUC for a raid on the oil facilities at Bratislava on 16 June 1944.

In August the group supported Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France.

In the autumn of 1944 it operated in support of Soviet forces as they invaded Balkans.

In April 1945 the group supported Allied troops fighting in northern Italy.

In the same month the group was withdraw to the United States, where it was redesignated as the 376th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), presumably as part of a plan to move it to the Pacific theatre, but the war ended before this happened and the group was inactivated in the United States on 10 November 1945.

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Aircraft

1942-1945: Consolidated B-24 Liberator

Timeline

19 October 1942Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
31 October 1942Activated in Palestine with Ninth Air Force
September 1943To Twelfth Air Force
November 1943To Italy and Fifteenth Air Force
April 1945To United States
May 1945Redesignated 376th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy)
10 November 1945Inactivated

Commanders (with date of appointment)

Col George F McGuire: 1 Nov 1942
Col Keith K Compton: 20Feb 1943
Col Theodore Q Graff: c. 9 Jan1944
Lt Col Richard W Fellows: 10 Jul1944
Col Theodore Q Graff: 29 Sep 1944
Col Robert H Warren: 22 Feb 1945-unkn

Main Bases

Lydda, Palestine: 31 Oct1942
Abu Sueir, Egypt: 8 Nov 1942
Gambut,Libya: c. Jan 1943
Soluch, Libya: 22Feb 1943
Bengasi, Libya: c. 6 Apr 1943
Enfidaville, Tunisia: 26 Sep 1943
San Pancrazio,Italy: c. 17 Nov 1943-19 Apr 1945
Harvard AAFld, Neb: 8 May 1945
GrandIsland AAFld, Neb: 25 Jun-Io Nov 1945

Component Units

512th: 1942-1945; 1947;1951-1952
513th: 1942-1945; 1947; 1951-1952
514th: 1342-1945; 1951-1952
515th: 1942-1945.

Assigned To

1942-1943: IX Bomber Command; Ninth Air Force
1943: 47th Bombardment Wing; XII Bomber Command; Twelfth Air Force
1943: 5th Bombardment Wing; Fifteenth Air Force
November 1943-1945; 47th Bombardment Wing; Fifteenth Air Force (Italy)


The 376th Heavy Bombardment Group

The 376th Heavy Bombardment Group ( HBG) began with an original cadre of 231 men and 23 B-24 Liberators. Crammed with all of the repair equipment their bomb bays could hold, they left the United States in 3 separate flights of 8, 8, and 7 planes.  It was May of 1942, six months after Pearl Harbor.

Assigned the code name, HALPRO, the unit was originally destined to fly missions against the Japanese home islands.  Fate would work against them - the Japanese pushed the Chinese bases out of bomber range, the Doolittle raiders completed their attack, and, more importantly, Rommel's Afrika Corps was seriously threatening Egypt and the Middle Eastern oilfields.

HALPRO was ordered to stay in North Africa.  Their first mission was flown on June 12, 1942 against the Ploesti oilfields, a target destined to become a major target for the 15th Air Force. 

They were joined in July by 10 B-17s, which were transferred from their bases in India.  Together, they joined the fight against Rommel and the Afrika Corps.

In August, these two units were merged into the 1st Provisional Bombardment Group.  In November, the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group was formed.  By the end of the year, the B-17s were withdrawn for badly needed repairs.  They never rejoined the Group.

Nicknamed the Liberandos, the Group continued to operate from bases in North Africa.  As the Afrika Corps slowly withdrew to the west, their bases slowly moved west.  

The Group continued to operate as a B-24 unit until it was re-deployed to the United States in April 1945.  It operated as part of the 9th, 12th, and 15th Air Forces.

The Group was credited with flying 451 missions, was awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations and earned 15 Campaign Awards. Aircrews destroyed 220 enemy aircraft in aerial combat at a cost of 1479 officers and enlisted men and 169 aircraft.


376th Bombardment Group, USAAF - History

The 376th Heavy Bombardment Group grew from a task force of 231 servicemen and 23 B-24D Liberator aircraft commanded by Col. Harry E. Halverson. The unit, called the Halverson Project (HALPRO), was tasked with bombing Japanese targets from a base in China however, Japanese forces captured the proposed Chinese base before the group could arrive from Fort Myers, Florida.

In June 1942, HALPRO was diverted to Egypt and began raids on Axis targets in North Africa. The HALPRO unit was renamed the First Provisional Bombardment Group in a subsequent organizational change, the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group was activated on October 31, 1942. Aircraft and personnel were rapidly added to create the unit's 512th, 513th, 514th, and 515th Squadrons.

From bases in Palestine, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, the 376th, nicknamed "Liberandos," bombed German and Italian supply lines first in North Africa, and later in Europe. The group flew 451 missions, receiving 15 campaign awards and three Distinguished Unit Citations for actions including Operation Tidal Wave, a low-level assault on Romanian oil fields in 1943.

The unit was inactivated at Grand Island Army Air Field, Nebraska, on November 10, 1945.

Scope and Contents

Comprising correspondence, newspaper clippings, legal documents, photographs, audiovisual recordings, notes, research materials, and artifacts, the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group records, 1938-2016, document the records of veterans who served in a World War II bombing unit based in North Africa and Italy.

The Administrative Records Series consists of the group's records of annual reunions, including materials collected during each event. The main focus of the series is records for almost 200 individual servicemen from both the Halverson Project and 376th squadrons, including air and ground crews. The records include HALPRO questionnaires, photographs, military records, and wartime recollections.

The Research Materials Series consists of primary and secondary resources collected for publications and genealogical use related to the 376th. This series includes military orders, newspaper clippings, sortie reports, and information on B-24 aircraft, including "Lady Be Good" and "Strawberry Bitch," two planes assigned to the unit.

The Publications Series includes journals and books related to the history of the bombardment group. Included is the veterans' associated publication, The Liberandos Intelligencer.

The Individual Collections Series consists of larger groups of materials highlighting specific veterans. These include Capt. James O. Britt, Maj. John M. Toomey, Lt. Richard H. Spaulding, and Capt. Edward Clendenin.

The Media Series includes CDs, DVDs, microfilm, and cassette tapes of oral histories, photographs, and 376th mission planning documents and sortie reports.

Arrangement

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Index Terms

Related Materials

Separated Material

Elements of U.S. Army Air Corps uniforms, medals, ribbons, and maps have been separated to the Material Culture unit.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

376th Heavy Bombardment Group records, 1938-2016, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


514th Bomb Squadron

B-24D 41-11613 "The Blue Streak" of 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF. Originally named "Florine Ju Ju" then 'Teggie Ann'. The aircraft was a veteran of the first high level Ploesti mission in 1942, but not part of the 1943 low level raid. The A/C went on to survive 110 missions with the 376th bomb group and was sent home for a war bond tour. Left to right: Sgt Willard Tressler Maj Ralph P. Thompson Lt Thomas W. McGrain Sgt Ivan Schwartz Sgt Alfred Runyan Sgt James E. Milne Lt Jose R. Felix, Jr. Sgt Richard E. Weizenegger Sgt Henry Magaram Lt Waino Hakkinen, and Sgt Arthur Weil.

B-24 Liberator #42-40206 '8 Ball' 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF on the production line at Consolidated's Fort Worth, Texas, factory. Second in line, #42-40209, served with the 513th BS, also in the 376th BG, and wore the nickname 'The Wild Wolf'. Third in line #42-40205 flew with the 415th BS, 98th BG, as "Joker".

B-24 Liberator #42-40657 'G I Ginnie', 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Norman C Appold, returning safely to Libya.

B-24 Liberator #42-40657 'G I Ginnie', 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Norman C Appold, returning safely to Libya.

B-24 Liberator #42-40657 'G I Ginnie', 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Norman C Appold, returning safely to Libya.

B-24 Liberator #42-40657 'G I Ginnie', 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Norman C Appold, returning safely to Libya.

B-24 Liberator #42-40657 'G I Ginnie', 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Norman C Appold, returning safely to Libya.

B-24 Liberator #41-11935 'Per Diem the Second' 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Robert H Storz, returning safely to Libya.

B-24 Liberator #41-11935 'Per Diem the Second' 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Robert H Storz, returning safely to Libya.

B-24 Liberator #42-40206 '8 Ball' 514th BS, 376th BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Lt Myron R Conn, returned safely to Libya.


376th Heavy Bombardment Group

The 376th Heavy Bombardment Group (HBG) began with an original cadre of 231 men and 23 B-24 Liberators. Crammed with all of the repair equipment their bomb bays could hold, they left the United States in 3 separate flights of 8, 8, and 7 planes. It was May of 1942, six months after Pearl Harbor.

Assigned the code name, HALPRO, the unit was originally destined to fly missions against the Japanese home islands. Fate would work against them – the Japanese pushed the Chinese bases out of bomber range, the Doolittle raiders completed their attack, and, more importantly, Rommel’s Afrika Corps was seriously threatening Egypt and the Middle Eastern oilfields.

HALPRO was ordered to stay in North Africa. Their first mission was flown on June 12, 1942 against the Ploesti oilfields, a target destined to become a major target for the 15th Air Force.

They were joined in July by 10 B-17s, which were transferred from their bases in India. Together, they joined the fight against Rommel and the Afrika Corps.

In August, these two units were merged into the 1st Provisional Bombardment Group. In November, the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group was formed. By the end of the year, the B-17s were withdrawn for badly needed repairs. They never rejoined the Group.

Nicknamed the Liberandos, the Group continued to operate from bases in North Africa. As the Afrika Corps slowly withdrew to the west, their bases slowly moved west.

The Group continued to operate as a B-24 unit until it was re-deployed to the United States in April 1945. It operated as part of the 9th, 12th, and 15th Air Forces.

The Group was credited with flying 451 missions, was awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations and earned 15 Campaign Awards. Aircrews destroyed 220 enemy aircraft in aerial combat at a cost of 1479 officers and enlisted men and 169 aircraft.


376th Heavy Bombardment Group Endowed Graduate Internship in Archival Enterprises campaign

The 376th Heavy Bombardment Group (376th HBG) was the first heavy bombardment group to operate in the Middle East Theater during World War II, focusing on Axis supply lines. Nicknamed the “Liberandos,” the group flew 451 missions, was awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations, and earned 15 campaign awards.

In 2017, the 376th Bomb Group Association donated the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group’s records to the Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin where they join the center’s extensive military history collections. The center is devoted to preserving and sharing its collections to ensure the history at the heart of American identities, origins, and values remains rooted in evidence. It is fitting that the records of the 376th HBG join this important resource.

Since the 1880s, The University of Texas at Austin has been amassing military history-related material, particularly material related to the Texas Revolution, the Mexican-American War, and the Civil War. As early as 1918, UT began collecting materials related to World War I—before the troops were even home. The logic was simple: the war would be an important avenue of historical inquiry in the future. Equipped with contributed funds, a university scholar traveled the state to gather Word War I-related materials. The resulting archive, the Texas War Records, now spans both world wars and stands as one of the largest collections related to Texas military history in existence. Much material related to the Korean and Vietnam wars has been added since the 1990s as have archives that document more recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan. The military history collections include oral histories, photographic archives, art, and news media papers, as well as the personal effects of soldiers, generals, and diplomats. The addition of the 376th HBG records perfectly complements the national scope of the military history collection.

The 376th HBG Records is comprised of 18 linear feet of correspondence, newspaper clippings, legal documents, photographs, notes, microfilm, oral history interviews with veterans, and artifacts such as flight jackets, helmets, insignia, and a bomb load adjuster. The archive also includes records of the 376th Bomb Group Association’s reunions.

Learn more about resources held in the military history collections.

The 376th Bomb Group Association board of directors donated its archive and voted to establish a $100,000 endowment to support a graduate intern studying archival enterprises for one semester a year in perpetuity.

Under the supervision of a professional archivist, the 376th HBG Intern will process new material in the military history collections with a preference for the 376th HBG Records to make them accessible to students, scholars, and researchers and provide reference services. The essential steps in processing an archive include arranging and rehousing the records into acid-free housing, describing the archival material, entering data into the center’s accessions database, and producing a key word searchable online finding aid. Additionally, 376 HBG Interns may assist with projects that make the military history collections available to a wider audience through exhibitions, books, digital and film projects. The 376th HBG Endowment provides a stipend to the student as they build their professional résumé through guided work experiences at the Briscoe Center.


The Liberandos. A WWII History of the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group and Its Founding Units.

Walker, Jamkes W.

Published by 376th Heavy Bombardment Group Veterans Association, Inc, 1994

Used - Hardcover
Condition: Near Fine

Hard Binding. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First edition. Very clean unworn volume inscribed by the author apparently to the book's editor: "To Joce (?) - World's best editor who knows what the passage of 45+ years yields! Jim Walker". Inscribed by Author(s).


WWII USAAF 513th Bomb Group, 376th Bomb Group Liberandos Jewish Pilot Grouping

ARTIFACT: This is a circa World War II United States Army Air Forces 513th Bombardment Squadron, 376th Bombardment Group (aka "Liberandos") pilot grouping originally belonging to WWII veteran Jewish pilot Lieutenant Richard M. Schoenthal. The grouping includes a silk 376th Bomb Group patch with a small 513th Bomb Squadron patch superimposed upon it, a 376th Bomb Group patch in painted leather and an Italian-made 15th Air Force bullion shoulder patch. The silk patch has been mounted to an oval for framing purposes. Both of the larger patches read LIBERANDOS, the nickname adopted by the 376th Bomb Group after becoming the first group stationed on mainland Europe to fly B-24 Liberators. The paper items include a photo of Schoenthal, a crew photo (Schoenthal is 2nd from right, top row), two larger aircraft photos, a photo of the Commanding Officer of the 376th Bomb Group (Colonel Graff) a wartime typewritten 30 page unit history, and Schoenthal's pilot instrument certification card.

VINTAGE: Circa World War II.

SIZE: Silk patch: 8-1/8" by 6-1/8" leather patch: 6-1/2" by 4-5/16" bullion patch: 2-3/4" in diameter large photos: about 8" x 10" (each) other items are various sizes.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Silk patch embroidered in cotton/silk threads (mounted upon cardboard) painted leather patch wool felt patch embroidered in bullion and cotton/silk threads with partial mesh backing photographs, paper.

ATTACHMENT: Stapled binding on booklet.

MARKINGS: "Capri" on back of silk patch COL. GRAFF 376th C.O. written on back of photo at top left in grouping A.A.F. Form No. 8 (REVISED 10-1-43) 16-37015-1 on certification card.

ITEM NOTES: This is from a United States Army Air Forces collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. TREJJX07 LBIIEX12/12 sLBGGEX2/15 HldBEJJX1/16

CONDITION: 8- (Overall Very Fine-Excellent): The patches are in great shape with some light wear to the leather one and some light tarnish and wear to the back on the bullion one photographs and paper shows only light aging.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.


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  • The 47th Wing consisted of four, heavy-bombardment groups: the 98th BG, the 376th BG, the 449th BG and the 450th BG
  • The 449th — equipped with B-24 Liberator bombers — was a typical heavy-bombardment group of the 15th Air Force
  • The 449th Bomb Group was composed of four Squadrons — the 716th, 717th, 718th, and 719th.

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379thbga.org : The 379th Bomb Group of WWII

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  • The 379th Bomb Group was activated November 26, 1942, at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho
  • It consisted of four squadrons of B-17s, the 524th, 525th, 526th and 527th
  • Overseas movement began in April, and in May the 379th arrived at Kimbolton, England, AAF Station 117
  • Its first combat mission was the bombing of German U-boat pens at St Nazaire

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  • 376th Bombardment Group, 31 Oct 1942 498th Bombardment Group, 10 Nov 1945-7 Mar 1946
  • 43d (later, 2143d Air) Weather Wing, 15 Oct 1947-20 Feb 1951
  • 376th Bombardment Group, 1 Jun 1951 (attached to 376th Bombardment Wing, 1 Jun 1951-15 Jun 1952)

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