Wilbur W. Mayhew

August-Sept 1942

After a lot of hard fighting by ground and air forces, we stopped Rommel at EI Alamein, Egypt. The First Provisional Group was given credit for being instrumental in helping stop Rommel's drive by cutting off his flow of supplies with missions against the harbors of Tobruk and Benghazi, Libya, shipping in the Mediterranean, and other targets. Military authorities stated that the combination of RAF, B-17s, B-24s and B-25s of the U. S. Army Air Force had sunk two out of every three ships that tried to supply Rommel in North Africa. As a consequence, we were given a two week pass starting 9 August 1942. We were even paid per diem in advance. This break period gave the ground crews a chance to repair all our aircraft for the next big fight we knew was coming. Two of the B-17s were cannibalized to maintain the rest of the B-17s.

Those of us in the 436th Squadron were transferred to the 9th Squadron on 11 September 1942.


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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

2019 River Cruise

The 2020 reunion has been postponed to September 2021. It will be at the same hotel.

DATES: Sep 9->12, 2021

CITY:Albuquerque, NM

HOTEL: Sheraton Uptown

2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, NM 87110

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