41-11595 Ole Faithful

Ole Faithful, serial number 41-11595, was one of the original 23 HALPRO B-24s.  She was assigned RCL #1.  She flew 27 missions with this RCL.

After the formation of the 376th HBG, she was given a new RCL, #46.  She flew 2 missions with this RCL.

In the spring of 1943, when the planes were given new RCL to align themselves with their squadrons, she was given RCL #25.  She flew 2 missions as #25.

She was used to retrieve the aircrews that had been interred in Turkey following the June 12, 1942 Ploesti mission.

Sometime after this assignment, she had Lily of the Desert painted on her port side and Terry the Third Cossack Runner painted on her starboard side.

In December 1943, she left for the 376th HBG for the United States.  She crashed in the UK on December 21, 1943.

Photo from Albert Story

Photo from Donald Macrae

Missions Flown


Group      Date      A/C # and   Mission Target         Pilot
Mission #               letter

  1     2   6/15/1942   1       Convoy Mediterranean   Alfred Kalberer
  2     6   6/26/1942   1       Tobruk Libya                         Homer Adams
  3     7   6/28/1942   1       Tobruk Libya                 Alfred Kalberer
  4     9   7/  1/1942   1 U    Tobruk Libya                 Alfred Kalberer
  5   12   7/  3/1942   1 U    Convoy Mediterranean   Alfred Kalberer
  6   14   7/  6/1942   1       Benghazi Libya                      John Wilkinson
  7   16   7/  8/1942   1 U    Benghazi Libya                      Walter Clark
  8   18   7/  9/1942   1       Convoy Mediterranean          Sam Oglesby
  9   19   7/11/1942   1       Tobruk Libya                         Walter Clark
10   20   7/13/1942   1 U    Benghazi Libya                      George Uhrich
11   22   7/15/1942   1       Benghazi Libya                      James Sibert
12   24   7/17/1942   1       Tobruk Libya                         John Wilkinson
13   26   7/19/1942   1 U    Tobruk Libya                 Horace Wade
14   28   7/21/1942   1       Suda Bay Crete              Alfred Kalberer
15   30   7/23/1942   1 U    Benghazi Libya                     Paul Davis
16   32   7/25/1942   1       Tobruk Libya                 Richard Sanders
17   34   7/28/1942   1 U    Suda Bay Crete                     James Sibert
18   36   7/30/1942   1       Suda Bay Crete                      Paul Davis
19   37   8/  1/1942   1 U    Convoy Mediterranean          James Sibert
20   38   8/  4/1942   1 U    Convoy Mediterranean          Paul Davis
21   41   8/27/1942   1 U    Convoy Mediterranean          John Wilcox
22   42   8/30/1942   1 U    Tobruk Libya                         Robert Paullin
23   43   9/  1/1942   1       Canea Crete                         James Sibert
24   44   9/  3/1942   1       Convoy Mediterranean  Horace Wade
25   50   9/22/1942   1 U    Benghazi Libya             Horace Wade
26   51   9/27/1942   1       Benghazi Libya                      Walter Clark
27   53 10/  6/1942   1       Benghazi Libya                      Norman Appold
28 101   2/24/1943 46 C    Naples Italy                            Lin Parker, Jr
29 104   3/13/1943 46 C    Naples Italy                            Donaldson Hurd
30 112   4/12/1943 25 O    Naples Italy                            Guy Iovine
31 115   4/17/1943 25       Catania Sicily                         Guy Iovine
32 117   4/26/1943 25 I    Bari Italy                                  Guy Iovine

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376 ARCHIVES

At the 2017 reunion, the board approved the donation of our archives to the Briscoe Center for American History, located on the University of Texas - Austin campus.

Click here to go to their main website.

Also, the board approved a $5,000 donation to add to Ed Clendenin's $20,000 donation in the memory of his father. Together, these funds begin an endowment for the preservation of the 376 archives.

2018 REUNION

DATES :  TBD

CITY : Dayton, Ohio

HOTEL: TBD

2018 reunion details


previous reunions

For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid


The Liberandos


Three Crawford Brothers


Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior


376th Bomb Group Mission History


The Last Liberator


Full Circle


Shadows of Wings


Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War


I Survived Ploesti


A Measure of Life


Shot Down In Yugoslavia


Stories of My Life


Attack


Born in Battle