Maurice Johnson, mission July 3, 1944

17. July 3, 1944

Giurgiu Oil Refinery and Tank Farm, Romania - Lead aircraft took us over Bor, Yugoslavia at 8000 ft. enroute. Lost 4 B-24's, flak hit nose and destroyed flight instruments, hydraulics, wiring, nose turret controls, waste, wings and tail had holes. Proceeded to target. Attacked by 40 German fighters. 10 ME 109's hit us putting 20 mm shells under bombsight. Another missed pilots head by about 6" and exploded in bomb bay. Nose gunner damaged ME 109 who left smoking, vacuum system shot out, lost all hydraulic fluid. Bomb doors would not open so bombardier dropped bombs on to them tearing them off. Cranked wheels down to emergency landing without brakes, threw out oxygen bottles, machine guns, and ammo to reduce load for landing. Rolled past end of runway before we stopped. Many aircraft made emergency landings at base.

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

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