Carl B. Hupman

Carl B. Hupman was a navigator in the 514 squadron. He was part of the John Brock crew.

Carl wrote a brief summary of his military career:

My regular combat tour was completed in 77 days, from March to June 16, 1944. The first mission was Bolzano, Italy (marshalling yards), flying with a new and strange crew as a replacement of substitute navigator and no bombardier. The bombs were dropped through unopened bomb bay doors. It was a cold ride home, in the old brown B-24F - no compass. 

At one time, I flew six straight days at altitude. No time off. We were busy.

My last regular mission was Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, for which the 376th was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation; the only one awarded a Heavy Bombardment Group for a single mission. If my recall is correct, 90 percent were within the proverbial 1,000 feet circle. Quite a contrast to the first mission, which proves that practice (experience) is rather important.

On completion of my regular tour, I asked to stay overseas thinking I could do more good - be more valuable to the effort that way. They sent a Major from Group Intelligence to interview me to see if combat had gotten to me or whether I still had all my marbles. But I was accepted; on what grounds I do not know (probably no marbles or too few). Overseas for 14 months, with points accumulated by staying overseas, I was a civilian again by July 1, 1945 and working as a Forester - my profession prior to World War 11. I arrived home on VE day. A good way and place to celebrate.

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