Oscar Frechette crew

Oscar Frechette crew was assigned to the 515th Squadron.  The above photo was sent by John Palmer's son. The crew members were:

Frechette, Oscar (NMI)               796361    Pilot
Burke, Virgil I.                           675034    Copilot
Reece, Claude N.                       801147    Navigator
Giarratano, John J.                     671340    Bombardier

Bossingham, Walter J.            16038974    Engineer
Palmer, John T.                      14117546    Aer
Reynolds, George W.              14137507    Arm
Wheeler, W
Fincannon, William H.            14134119    Waist Gunner
Heathman, William E.             17105696    Gunner

Houser, Wayne E.                   37268668    Radio
 is not in the photo

Some additional information has come to light.  First as to "W. Wheeler", our records do not show that anyone with this name served served in the 376.

Second, Jeff sent a copy of his father's "short snorter." see the first image below.

If one rotates the image and looks at the list of names, "W. E. Houser" is clearly visible; along with the date of Aug 17, 1943.  My conclusion is that "Wheeler" is Houser.


The website 376bg.org is NOT our site nor is it our endowment fund.

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