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The 376th Heavy Bombardment Group

To perpetuate the name, history, comradeship, memories and deeds of the living and the heroic dead of the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group and its predecessor units.

The 376th Heavy Bombardment Group (HBG) began with an original cadre of 231 men and 23 B-24 Liberators. Crammed with all of the repair equipment their bomb bays could hold, they left the United States in 3 separate flights of 8, 8, and 7 planes.  It was May of 1942, six months after Pearl Harbor.

Assigned the code name, HALPRO, the unit was originally destined to fly missions against the Japanese home islands.  Fate would work against them - the Japanese pushed the Chinese bases out of bomber range, the Doolittle raiders completed their attack, and, more importantly, Rommel's Afrika Corps was seriously threatening Egypt and the Middle Eastern oilfields.

HALPRO was ordered to stay in North Africa.  Their first mission was flown on June 12, 1942 against the Ploesti oilfields, a target destined to become a major target for the 15th Air Force. 

They were joined in July by 10 B-17s, which were transferred from their bases in India.  Together, they joined the fight against Rommel and the Afrika Corps.

In August, these two units were merged into the 1st Provisional Bombardment Group.  In November, the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group was formed.  By the end of the year, the B-17s were withdrawn for badly needed repairs.  They never rejoined the Group.

Nicknamed the Liberandos, the Group continued to operate from bases in North Africa.  As the Afrika Corps slowly withdrew to the west, their bases slowly moved west.  

The Group continued to operate as a B-24 unit until it was re-deployed to the United States in April 1945.  It operated as part of the 9th, 12th, and 15th Air Forces.

The Group was credited with flying 451 missions, was awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations and earned 15 Campaign Awards. Aircrews destroyed 220 enemy aircraft in aerial combat at a cost of 1479 officers and enlisted men and 169 aircraft.

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Letter and picture from Mitchell Leichhardt 515 376 base San pancrazio Italy

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Outside his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1945

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His story is known. I want to know what happened to his F4 Fanthom that I seen in his backyard?

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513th Bomb Squadron photo.

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Dan Delaney Big Spring TX Bombedier School 6/24/1943 Class 43-9

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2nd LT Rubert Cornay aka: Cornay Crew Not rated yet
As Rubert Cornay's son I would like to have your records show that there were a total of 11 brave men on that plane on Nov 1 1944. The Cornay crew was …

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Front and back of German POW ID

Henry M Showalter Not rated yet
Front and back of German POW ID

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see possible explantion of his disappearance... {Reference only}

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history of the 376th heavy bombardment group
This is a brief history of the 376th HBG.
This page lists the names and duties of the veterans of the 376th HBG
Air Crews of the 376th HBG
Pictures of the air crews are shown on this page.
Ground Personnel
Ground Personnel of the 376th HBG.
B-24 Liberator
The history and images of the various B-24 Liberators that served with the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group.
Missions Flown by the 376th HBG
Missions flown by the 376th HBG are listed on this page.
Oral Histories of the 376th HBG
Oral Histories of the 376th HBG were taken at the 2007 annual reunion.
In Memoriam
In Memoriam
POW, Internees, Evadees
These men were either captured or escaped capture.
Photo Gallery
This page will direct you to various collections of photographs.
Combat Camera unit
These are the men in the Combat Camera unit.
Search Our Site
Search our site
Reunions of the 376th HBG Veterans Association
Reunions of the 376th HBG Veterans Association
Join the 376th HBG Veterans Association
Welcome to the 376th HBG Veterans Association.
Contact us
This page lists the contact information for the 376th HBG Veterans Association.
For Sale
These items deal with various aspects of the 376th HBG.
European Research Contacts
This page presents European Research Contacts.
War Time Entertainment
War Time Entertainment took many forms.
Reference Material of the 376 Bombardment Group
Reference Material of the 376 Bombardment Group
Liberandos News Record
Liberandos News Record
Awards and Citations
Awards and Citations presented to our veterans.
Training Groups, 376 HBG
Training Groups that provided crews to the 376 HBG
Links to other web sites
Links to other web sites
B-24 related You Tube videos
B-24 related You Tube videos


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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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My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019


NOTE change in month !!!

DATES: Oct 26-29, 2024

CITY:Tucson, AZ

HOTEL: Double Tree Suites Airport hotel

7051 South Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85756


Click here to read about the reunion details.

previous reunions

For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid

The Broken Wings of Zlatibor

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

Bombardier's Diary

Lost Airmen

Langdon Liberando