Kenneth DeLong Mission July 4, 1942


SAT. 7/4 & Sun. 7/5 HOME BASE Lydda, Palestine

TARGET Benghazi, Libya

COMBAT FLYING HRS. (this mission) 12:20 total tour. 54:05

BRIEFING N/A TAKE OFF 1200 (Lydda) 7/4 LANDING 1330 (Fayid) 7/4

                      TAKE OFF 2120 (Fayid) 7/4 LANDING 0810 (Lydda) 7/5

CREW Lt. T. D. Brown PLANE NO. 17

BOMB LOAD 9-500 lb. TARGET TIME 0215(7/5) BOMBING ALT. 21000'

No. of Planes 6 of our B-24's & unspecified number of British Libs

BOMBING RESULTS couldn't find any ships in harbor ... dropped bombs on harbor installations ... unable to see results

ENEMY ACTION Searchlights came on, one after another ... counted at least 15 of them ... it was an eerie experience to be caught in those brilliant beams … felt like sitting ducks and, suddenly, anti-aircraft shells burst all around us. It was a relief to complete the bomb run and get out of there--fast! Didn't see any night fighters.

OTHER REMARKS Before leaving Fayid on the mission, our crew had to open and pour seventy 10 gallon cans of gasoline into the wing tanks of our plane ... through strainers. How's that for "self service"?..... not an unusual occurrence. An important duty of the Flight Engineer was to see that his plane was serviced with gas and oil. Gas caps had to be secured with safety wire.


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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


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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