James Chastain

James Chastain was an administrative NCO with HALPRO and 515th Squadron.  This is his story:

I was the first administrative NCO under Col. Gardner who was a M/Sgt at the time Halpro arrived at Benghazi. He and I worked together to form the 515th Squadron. I became their first sergeant, and we had rough going until more personnel arrived. I designed the 515th Squadron Insignia. A hometown friend in the Benghazi Salvage Depot helped me get a lot of material to build a nice NCO club, bar, and patio. We got liquor from the Greeks in Alexandria - $500 at a time. I came home late in '43 on the Point System.

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