Robert N. McLean, Jr. Mission on August 17, 1944

August 17, 1944 – Thursday

“Old Faithful #2”

Mission #44 – target – Oil fields at Ploesti in Romania.  Takeoff 0545 Landing 0645 (0100)  Total combat hours (243:20) Load 4000 (8-500) Remarks:

1.     #2 engine started leaking oil and had to be feathered – we returned to base.

2.     This was the sixth time we had lost an engine and it has always been #2

3.     We weren’t sorry to see it happen – Ploesti is still the world’s roughest target and it’s only a single mission

4.     Casualties none

5.     Statistics – total bomb tonnage (156,600 lbs) (78.3 tons)

6.     Squadron lost one ship (Lt. Westby).  7 Chutes with a possibility that all men got out.  All returning planes shot up badly – several injured

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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2018 REUNION

DATES :  TBD

CITY : Dayton, Ohio

HOTEL: TBD

2018 reunion details


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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