John H. Payne crew

John H. Payne crew ferried HALPRO B-24 Black Mariah II overseas. There is no known photo of the passengers and crew.  Their names were:

Pilot                             Capt. John H. Payne

Co-Pilot                       2/Lt. Cecil E. Patterson, Jr.

Nav/Bomb.                   2/Lt. Olen C. Bryant

Engineer                      T/Sgt. Gus D. Portl

Radio Op.                     Sgt. Robert Kessler

Armorer                       S/Sgt. James H. Leaman

Gunner                        Cpl. John J. Beatty, Jr.

Passengers                  Capt. George S. Richardson

                                   T/Sgt. George D. McNelly


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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CITY : Dayton, Ohio


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