Kenneth DeLong Mission July 8, 1942


Tues. 7/7-Thurs. 7/9 HOME BASE. Lydda, Palestine

TARGET Benghazi Harbor, Libya (convoy)

COMBAT HRS. (this mission) 13:30 total tour 67:35

BRIEFING 1200 (7/8) TAKE OFF 1720 (7/7) LANDING 1840 (7/7-Fayid)

                                 TAKE OFF 1555 (7/8) LANDING 0220 (7/9 at Heliopolis)

                                 TAKE OFF 0620 (7/9) LANDING 0645 (7/9 at Fayid)

                                 TAKE OFF 0900(7/9) LANDING 1020(7/9 at Lydda)

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


NO. of PLANES 6 of our B-24's

BOMBING RESULTS Saw bombs hit in harbor area near ships.

ENEMY ACTION Anti-aircraft fire was very heavy. Shrapnel hit upper turret and bomb bay doors. No fighter aircraft were seen.

OTHER REMARKS After leaving the target area, we flew back--mostly over water ... had difficulty locating Fayid ... running low on fuel ... requested permission to land at Heliopolis on sand runway ... RAF personnel were very hospitable ... took off for Fayid at daylight ... it was a weary crew that finally reached Lydda at 1020 ... only to be told the shocking news that #4 "Ole Rock" had been seen to go down in flames over the target ... Group History says 4 ME-l09's attacked the formation before reaching the target. We lost one B-24 and 2 fighters were shot down. I show nothing about a fighter attack but we agree about the lost crew: 1st Lt. K. W. Butler (Pilot) and Lt's. Kyser and Hiatt, Sgt's. Cwikiel.and Blair and Corporals Thompson and Bedrosian---good buddies from HALPRO “B" Flight, crew #10.


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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