Thomas C. Badger, Mission July 31, 1944

That night I learned I was to fly my first mission next day with an experienced co-pilot - Lt. Williams. A swell fellow. I was to fly Paterick's left wing. He was flying Flame McGoon a famous ship with 75 missions without a turn back.

The squadron was trying to establish a record of 100. This was its 76th mission. About 45 min. before target time we flew over a flak area and they really threw it up accurately. Our element was perfectly bracketed - the bursts hit directly ahead and to the sides of us. One of the early bursts hit Flame directly in the bomb bay and she blew up and headed right for us. It was just lucky he didn't run in to us. Those who saw it said they didn't know how he missed us.


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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

Langdon Liberando