Thomas C. Badger

Thomas C. Badger was a pilot. He and his crew were in the 513 squadron.

Tom kept a diary, which was donated via the sons of John Woodruff. Click on the section to read about it.

Training

Deployment

The first week was spent in training flights - formation and compass swinging. One night we had an air raid alert which lasted about 15 minutes. You could hear the plane overhead but I guess he was just taking pictures. Finally on Sunday a week since we arrived at the squadron Grady went on his first mission - no fighters and no flak. That night we went to chapel and I introduced him to Paterick. Paterick had been at Boise and I hadn't known him but used to see him everywhere.

Mission July 31, 1944

Mission August 3, 1944

Mission August 6, 1944

Mission August 9, 1944

Finally came the fateful Ploesti raid. It was frightening because we heard so much about it and on the first mission you could see it in the distance with all its flak. We had already been briefed for it twice and it seemed somehow that we'd just never really have to go. Before the mission we all just waited for those red flares. But none came and we started for PLOESTI.

Mission August 10, 1944

POW

Rescue

[ ***** Transcriber note: The typed version generally follows the original hand written diary, using original language, grammar, punctuation and abbreviations, except that "&" in the original was usually changed to "and" in the transcript. Other added words are in [brackets]. ]

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