Joseph J. Bitzer, Mission March 12, 1945

on the 12th went up to drop more bombs on a place called Florisdorf, near Vienna. We didn't much care what kind of bombs were loaded in our bomb bay. They could be a variety of weights and shapes depending on the target. He just needed to know when to open the bomb bay doors and when to toggle the bombs away. Everyone in the crew had his allotted position for takeoff and landing, a position that would result in the least amount of injury in case of an accident. The most dangerous times of flying, except when over the enemy, were landings and takeoffs.


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.

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.

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2019 River Cruise


DATES : Sep 13-16

CITY : Dayton, Ohio

HOTEL: Crowne Plaza

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