515th Squadron

Lineage. Constituted 515th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942. Activated on 31 Oct 1942. Redesignated: 515th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, on 3 May 1944; 514th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy, on 23 May 1945. Inactivated on 7 Mar 1946.

Assignments. 376th Bombardment Group, 31 Oct 1942; 498th Bombardment Group, 10 Nov 1945-7 Mar 1946.

Stations. Lydda, Palestine, 31 Oct 1942; Abu Sueir, Egypt, 8 Nov 1942; Gambut, Libya, 10 Feb 1943; Soluch, Libya, 25 Feb 1943; Bengasi, Libya, c. 6 Apr 1943; Enfidaville, Tunisia, 26 Sep 1943 (detachment operated from Bengasi, Libya, 3-11 Oct 1943); San Pancrazio, Italy, 18 Nov 1943-19 Apr 1945; Harvard AAFld, NE, 8 May 1945; Grand Island AAFld, NE, 25 Jun 1945; March Field, CA, 10 Nov 1945; MacDill Field, FL, 22 Dec 1945-7 Mar 1946.

Aircraft. B-17, 1942; B-24, 1942-1945; B-29, 1945.

Operations. Combat in MTO and ETO, c. 1 Nov 1942-15 Apr 1945.

Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Egypt-Libya; Air Offensive, Europe; Tunisia; Sicily; Naples-Foggia; Anzio; Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley; Air Combat, EAME Theater.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Distinguished Unit Citation
1942 to 17 Aug 1943 - North Africa and Sicily
1 Aug 1943 - Ploesti, Romania
16 Jun 1944 - Bratislava, Czechoslovakia

Liberandos Patch


DATES :  2017

CITY : New Orleans


At the General Member meeting at the 2015 reunion, the members approved a motion for the board to investigate the possibility of our group joining 6 other 15th Air Force veterans groups.

The reasons for this merger are the declining attendance and declining financial resources.

After reviewing the joint reunion details, the board voted to join these other groups.

At the 2016 reunion, the board voted to continue meeting with the other groups, based on the success of this reunion.

2015 reunion details

2016 reunion details

For Sale

The Liberandos

Three Crawford Brothers

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


Born in Battle