Charles E. Irwin Mission November 2, 1943

My most memorable mission was my third one, Nov. 2nd, 1943. After an early chow and briefing, we took off at 0630 hours for "Weiner-Neustadt" with P-38's for cover to within an hour of the target. Where we encountered very heavy ACK ACK and about 50 to 75 Fighters - ME110's, ME 109's, FW 190's, and JU 88's. Our P-38's picked us up shortly after the target which we were always happy to see. I feel sure the P-38's and their pilots saved our lives as well as the Flame. Our plane was very badly shot-up, so we had to make a forced landing at a fighter field in Bari, Italy.

Only an excellent pilot such as LT. Konsynski could bring that plane in without crashing. The hydraulic system was shot out, and the electrical system was in bad condition, among other things that were shot up. When he stopped the plane, we were about ten feet from a 4 foot thick rock wall; we all piled out and some of us kissed the ground, and we all thanked God and our pilot to be alive. We then counted the 188 jagged holes in the plane. Miraculously, not one crew member was injured on that mission.
    
For those of you who don’t know The Flame was shot down on her 76th
mission!!!!

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.

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

2018 REUNION

DATES : Sep 13-16

CITY : Dayton, Ohio

HOTEL: Crowne Plaza

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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


Attack


Born in Battle