John H. Payne

John H. Payne crew ferried HALPRO B-24 Black Mariah II overseas.  He was KIA on January 11, 1943.

The other members of his crew that day were:

Norman R. Angell - Portland, Oregon (he was heavily wounded and died on 14 Jan 1943).
Merle J. Andrews - Springfield, Illinois - KIA
Cecil G. Buttram - Crossville, Tennessee - KIA
Harold C. Vanness - KIA, buried Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Italy
Daniel W. Brown - KIA
Julius P. Lewis, navigator - KIA
Robert R. Krager - Nebraska - POW in a camp in Austria
Theodore D. Drazkowski - Michigan - POW camp in Italy.

Liberandos Patch


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.

Donate directly to the 376 Endowment

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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