Thomas C. Badger

Thomas C. Badger was a pilot. He and his crew were in the 513 squadron.

Tom kept a diary, which was donated via the sons of John Woodruff. Click on the section to read about it.



The first week was spent in training flights - formation and compass swinging. One night we had an air raid alert which lasted about 15 minutes. You could hear the plane overhead but I guess he was just taking pictures. Finally on Sunday a week since we arrived at the squadron Grady went on his first mission - no fighters and no flak. That night we went to chapel and I introduced him to Paterick. Paterick had been at Boise and I hadn't known him but used to see him everywhere.

Mission July 31, 1944

Mission August 3, 1944

Mission August 6, 1944

Mission August 9, 1944

Finally came the fateful Ploesti raid. It was frightening because we heard so much about it and on the first mission you could see it in the distance with all its flak. We had already been briefed for it twice and it seemed somehow that we'd just never really have to go. Before the mission we all just waited for those red flares. But none came and we started for PLOESTI.

Mission August 10, 1944



[ ***** Transcriber note: The typed version generally follows the original hand written diary, using original language, grammar, punctuation and abbreviations, except that "&" in the original was usually changed to "and" in the transcript. Other added words are in [brackets]. ]


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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


DATES: Sep 15-18, 2022

CITY:Wichita, KS

HOTEL: Wichita Marriott

9100 Corporate Hills Dr.

Wichita, KS


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