Joseph Bitzer crew

Joseph Bitzer crew was assigned to the 513th Squadron. The above picture was provided by Robert Smith's daughter Ann.

The men and their positions are:

Back row, L to R:
Hendren, Arthur
Northcutt, Royce D.
Carson, John A.
Bitzer, Joseph J.

Front row, L to R:
Fusco, James G.
Tirpak, Daniel H.
Smith, Robert W.
Pruet, Benton J.
Szymanowicz, Joseph C.
Flowers, Edwin R.



did not make it to 376
Navigator, Dept 1034
Copilot, Dept 1022
Pilot, Dept 1092

Top Turret, Dept 611
Nose Turret, Dept 611
Tail Turret, Dept 611
Ball Turret, Dept 612
Radio Operator, Dept 757
Engineer, Dept 748

The crew was transferred to the 456th Bomb Group when the 376th rotated stateside.


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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.

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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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