Richard F. Hurd

Richard F. Hurd, pilot, and crew were assigned to the 513th Squadron.

Jack Fuller, Hinson, Charles G., Hurd, Richard F., Hester, Elbert Lynn

Richard wrote the following story about an incident on Christmas Day, 1943:

25 December 1943 ---These reflections are from the humor we needed ever so often. Keep in mind that Christmas ‘43 was a short time after the 200th mission was celebrated, and there was still a little vino left over.  Also, one must recall the down pouring of rain we had around the 23rd of December so that our tent area was closer to resembling a lake than a personnel tent area, including mess tents.

My recollections are of standing some distance from the mess tent watching men come and pick up their Christmas dinner. Due to the tent area being rather muddy, many men would load their mess kits and journey back to a dryer personnel tent to eat. The incident that sticks with me is of the airman who emerged from the mess tent showing signs of finding a bit of the remaining vino, balancing his loaded mess kit as he swayed from side to side, prodding through ankle deep mud and water heading toward a personnel tent. Any member of the juggling profession would be proud to have watched him! Just as he was about to emerge from the water area (about 20 feet from the tent), up went both feet, mess gear, and meal with him ultimately ending horizontal in the mud amidst the cheering of his buddies watching his precarious act.

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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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