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.


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.

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2019 River Cruise


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CITY : Dayton, Ohio

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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