Kenneth DeLong Mission December 28, 1942

MISSION #29 

DATE Sun. 12/27-Tues. 12/22

COMBAT FLYING HOURS 17:55 (Total tour 308:30)

TARGET Sousse, Tunisia HOME BASE Abu Sueir, Egypt

BRIEFING 1230 TAKE OFF 1345 LANDING 1700 (Gambut 12/27)

               0800 TAKE OFF 1120 LANDING 2245 ( “             12/28)

                        TAKE OFF 0925 LANDING 1205 (Abu Sueir 12/29)

CREW CAPT. T. D. Brown PLANE NO. #53 "Poison Ivy"

BOMB LOAD 9-500 lb TARGET TIME not shown BOMBING ALT. 19000'

NO. OF PLANES 9-B24's (ours) & 12 (98th Bomb Group)

BOMBING RESULTS--saw hits on oil tanker and docks ... large fires and great clouds of black smoke. We flew lead ship, 3rd element.

ENEMY ACTION--Very heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire. Saw 5 fighters attack 98th planes. One B-24 actually out-ran 3 fighters.

Several 98th planes were badly shot up, but all planes returned to base. Saw 98th shoot down at least one fighter .... saw pilot bail out. Our problem was anti-aircraft. Several ships were hit. Capt. Edmonds in #48 was killed.

OTHER REMARKS--Capt. Brown got special approval for me to fly this mission (I still was officially grounded). We slept in a tent at Landing Ground 139 Sunday night. Used lots of blankets to fight off the cold. Up at 0700 Monday for stand-Up breakfast in mess tent.

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.

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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.

2018 REUNION

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CITY : Dayton, Ohio

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The Liberandos


Three Crawford Brothers


Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior


376th Bomb Group Mission History


The Last Liberator


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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