James Collison mission July 19, 1943


Monday 19


Today we participated in a history making flight. We were in on the biggest air show I have ever seen. We bombed Rome, Italy the targets being the R.R. yards and air fields. There were four groups of I7's, six groups of mediums (B-26, B-25) and an escort of P-38 in addition to our own five groups ofB-24's. We really gave the place a terrific pasting. We saw four or five fighters but they didn't attack. The flack was accurate and scattered. We were under A.A. (anti-aircraft) fire till we left the coast and from the time we went into the coast. Bob's bombs were very good-one direct hit on a hanger and the rest across the R.R. yards. I am glad I had a part in it. The whole mission netted us ten and a half hours. There was no mail today-but I expect some soon. .......


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.

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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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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