George Cloer crew

George Cloer crew was assigned to the 513th Squadron.

Back row:  John McConnon- navigator;  Thomas Erskine- bombardier; Walter Greene- co-pilot; George R. Cloer- pilot

Front Row: Wayne Shaffner- engineer; Donald Bock- tail gunner; Charles McKeague- radio operator;  Fred Petitt- ball turret gunner;  William Trentzech- nose gunner

Not pictured : John Metcalf and Russell Wilkins- gunner.

This crew was shot down over Albania August 10, 1944. Thomas Erskine was not on the plane when it crashed, but is in the photo. When they were shot down, only 4 crew members were able to safely land. Metcalf, McKeague, Trentzech & Petitt.

The crew that was with the aircraft at the time of the crash was:
George R. Cloer (pilot)
Walter C. Greene (Co Pilot)
John S. McConnon (Navigator)
John B. Metcalf (Bombardier)
Wayne O. Shaffner (Engineer)
Charles P. McKeague (Radio)
William F. Trentzech (Waist Gunner)
Russell H. Wilkins (Gunner)
Frederick R. Petitt (Ball Turret)
Donald L. Bock (Tail Gunner)


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.

Donate directly to the 376 Endowment

To read about other endowment donation options, click here.

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