Louie Barineau

by Bob Bruggner
(Havana, Fl)

Blue Goose & crew, Barineau far left

Blue Goose & crew, Barineau far left

Our local museum in Havana, Florida is currently in the process of making a documentary film on the contributions to the WW II effort made by members of our community. Our team was fortunate to interview 103 year old Gadsden County resident Louie Barineau, who severed his country as a B-24 radio operator during World War II. Louieā€™s memory and story telling talents held us captivated during his interview and here is a short sample that we hope you enjoy. We believe Louie is one of 2 surviving members of The 376th Heavy Bombardment Group (HBG) which began with an original cadre of 231 men and 23 B-24 Liberators.

January 14,2022

Here is a link to a Youtube video of a sample from our interview


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Aug 30, 2022
A wonderful man.
by: Anonymous

According to family, Mr. Louie passed away August 29, 2022. God rest his soul and Bless his service.

Jan 20, 2022
B-24's the best!
by: Anonymous

My father Joseph Taddonio Jr., called Doc, was a tail gunner on Big Nig. find on YouTube the 200th mission of 376 hbg, he's the young man under the number 9 chewing gum. Before he got to England the Battle over Vicenza Italy devastated the group so they sent the remainder to England. He was a waist gunner most of the time and not assigned to a specific bomber.He survived to 95.5, SAUGUS MA. optometrist in East Boston for 40 yrs.

Jan 19, 2022
Thanks for the info!
by: Anonymous

Great story! Thank you Mr. Barineau for your service! RIP!

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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.

Donate directly to the 376 Endowment

To read about other endowment donation options, click here.

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