Robert Mellinger Photograph 1

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Crew.
Front Row: David C Burton,Pilot , M.P.Schuman, Co Pilot, Hugh V. Banta, Navigator, D.J. Delaney, Bombardier
Second Row:  E.H. Stiener,Engineer, A.W. Kurzontkowski, Ball Turret, H.W. Furney, Nose Turret,  J. Knol, Waist Gun ,asst Engr,  R.P. Mellinger, Tail Turret, asst Engr H. Graham, Radio Op, top turret.

I must explain why the crew picture was taken in front of a B-17. We were shipped to Grand Island,NB to get a B-24 to fly overseas.We found that it was a B-17 staging area and not B-24's.

David C burtons crew was made up the first of August 1943 in Biggs Field,El Paso TX after all members had been trained at various bases around the country. We flew our training flights from Biggs Field until Nov 1943. After the mistake in Grand Island we were then shipped to Norfolk,VA, where we boarded the tranport "Empress Andes" we sailed Dec 3,1943 without a convoy. We arrived in Casablanca, Morroco after 8 to 10 days at sea. We were put in Camp Don B Passage an Infantry replacement center. They did not like the Air Force and we had a rough time. We left there Jan 5,1944 and were flown to Italy in a C-47 to replace crews lost Dec 28th by the 512th Sqd in the 376th Bomb Group San Pancrazio, Italy arriving Jan 8,1944.

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

DATES :  TBD

CITY : Dayton, Ohio

HOTEL: TBD

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


Attack


Born in Battle