A Measure Of Life

Lt. Herman Cranman was a bombardier who flew with the 512th Sqd. The book covers the part that he played in WWII beginning on Pearl Harbor Day in 1941 through VJ Day in 1945.

Titled "A Measure of Life: War-Captivity-Freedom" it is a compelling 280 page story that blends Cranman's personal experiences with the general background historical events of WWII for a greater overall picture of induction, training. air warfare, combat missions, being shot down, life in a POW camp, the long trek from Stalag III to Stalag 7B near Munich, and finally, liberation and discharge from the Service.

Herman tells us that what started out as writing his memoirs as part of a family history-the WWII part of his story created a great deal of interest that went far beyond his family-hence he was persuaded to publish a book about the WWII years. Profit was not be a factor either because any income derived from the book would and will go to charity. 

"I hope that my experience may encourage others, who 1 know, have as much to say as I have, not to leave their family, or this world, without telling their story. If it can be any inducement to anyone thinking about writing, I will be happy to share my experience on how a 'non-writer' can write a book."

This book is available from various on-line book sellers.

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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


NOTE change in month !!!

DATES: Oct 26-29, 2023

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