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


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.



CITY : Dayton, Ohio


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


Born in Battle