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Langdon Harve' Wilson, from Abbeville, South Carolina, wanted to be a fighter pilot after flight training, but like many fellow pilots never expected to end up in a heavy bomber. By no means a hero-type, the unassuming Lt. Wilson flew as a co-pilot and later as a first pilot on the B-24 Liberator with the Fifteenth Air Force. As a member of one of the first organized American bomb groups to operate out of North Africa and Southern Italy, his crew's bomber--nicknamed the "Flame McGoon" (from the "Lil Abner" comic strip)--became the iconic, redoubtable, lucky aircraft of his Squadron. His and other first person accounts from the 513th Squadron, 376th "Liberandos" are here painstakingly overlapped with the official mission reports to give the clearest possible depiction of air combat over Germany, Austria, and Eastern Europe in the most critical stage of the 15th Air Force's bombing campaign. Then, we see Wilson postwar, returning to active duty for the Cold War but dealing with undocumented (but evident) issues related to his service.
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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DATES: Oct 12-15, 2023
CITY:Fairfax Co, VA
HOTEL: Westin Dulles hotel
2520 Wasser Terrace, Herndon, VA 20171
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Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior
376th Bomb Group Mission History
Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War