Donald Macrae mission August 19, 1943

August 19, 1943  Today we went on a mission to Foggia in Southern Italy and bombed a marshalling railway yards with 500 lb. Bombs. Briefing was at 7:00AM. K.P. Iverson, my pilot who is now Operations officer said if I did a1right on the mission he would see that I got checked out. Seems like fate was against me. It had been only a few times that I had f1own at altitude. The plane was a difficult one to handle. Even K.P., who is a good flyer, had a hard time. The leader of our formation was a hard man to follow and ever since my illness haven't had much strength. I just didn't do so well. Altitude was 20,000 ft. Ack-ack was heavy in spots but we missed it. As we left Italy and headed towards Sicily, which is now in our hands, the fighters hit some of our stragglers. Looking back I saw the bursting shells of the enemy fighters and a B-24 started to leave the formation smoking. Parachutes blossomed out as the men left the ship. Final1y saw a burst of flame. Then I couldn't see any more. One of the other fellows saw it final1y hit the water and explode. Headed home without any further trouble. Arrived OK, were briefed. It had been very dusty but the wind had let up. Had supper, read and to bed 11:00 pm.

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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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