Joseph J. Bitzer, Mission February 23, 1945

From Part I

On Feb. 23, 1945, Joe Bitzer flew his first mission to Verona-Porto Nuova Trackage, as a co-pilot with another crew - to get accustomed-to enemy fighters and flak before taking his own crew on a mission.


From Part II

So I told the crew to wait for me while I took a seven-hour ride to drop bombs on the Porto Nuova rail yards at Verona in Northern Italy. There is no way to describe the feeling when one looks out the window and sees what appears to be ink bottles exploding at your altitude. This is flak - metal flying through the air trying to keep you from doing what you’re doing. You pray - someone said "There are no atheists in foxholes". I guarantee you, when the going gets tough, EVERYONE prays.

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