Joseph J. Bitzer, Mission March 15, 1945

Mission March 16, 1945

Mission March 26, 1945

Mission April 1, 1945

We made three trips to Wiener Neustadt marshalling yards near Vienna. Evidently lots of materiel came through that location so we hit them on March 15, 16, and 26. This area was well defended, so the missions got a bit scary. We bombed St. Polten Marshalling yards on April 1. Supplies came through there from Germany to the Vienna. A couple thoughts come to mind - first, it must be very frustrating operating a train, or for that matter any other job connected with supplying the war machine of the enemy, when at any time these big birds would come over by the hundreds dropping their lethal loads. Secondly, we in the B24s are plowing along at something less than 200 mph, and fighters are zipping around us much faster, maybe 350. But then, look what has been accomplished since then, like the SR71 Blackbird at a top speed of Mach 3.3, or nearly 2,200 mph - wow! On the way, home, though, there's the relaxer, the voice on the intercom, just a bit flat – “SZYMANOWICS spells symanowicz, proud, of all the Irish blood that’s in me, Divil a man can say a word (?) me. SZYMANOVlICZ you see, it's a name that a shame never has been connected with, Szymanowicz, that’s me".


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