George Messick, Mission July 2, 1944

George Messick of the 512th will never forget July 2, 1944 on the way to Budapest.

"I was the tail gunner on that mission, and on the way to the target we lost two engines. There was no way to stay in the air so we bailed out near Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.

"The Chetniks found four of us and they kept us hidden until August 10, when 276 of us who had been shot down or forced down were picked up near Belgrade and flown back to Italy.

"But the biggest memory I have of my stay with the Chetniks was beans - green beans - morning, noon and night. You haven't lived until you've subsisted for six weeks on beans with no salt, no seasoning. To this day I can't look a green bean in the face."


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


DATES : Sep 13-16

CITY : Dayton, Ohio

HOTEL: Crowne Plaza

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


Born in Battle