Robert N. McLean, Jr. Mission on July 5, 1944

July 5, 1944 – Wednesday

“Too long to Toulon”

Mission #24 – target – submarines and sub pens at Toulon in France. Takeoff 0750 Landing 1630 (0840) total combat hours (119:40) Load 5000 lbs Purpose – to destroy German subs and their installations in order to reduce Nazi sub activity in the Mediterranean.  Remarks:

1)     Sgt. McLean was still grounded.  Sgt  Graf acted as engineer.  A waist gunner borrowed from another crew was a substitute

2)     Most members of the crew took Benzedrine tablets which reduces fatigue and is effective for six hours

3)     This mission was our sixth in four days

4)     Target was effectively bombed despite a smoke screen

5)     Flak was heavy and fairly accurate.  No fighters encountered

6)     This marked the first time that we had gone over the same target twice.  However on our last visit to Toulon, we jettisoned our bombs in the sea.

7)     This was the longest mission we have yet flown 0840

8)     No casualties

9)     Statistics – total bomb tonnage (79,800)(39.9 tons)

10)  We received one slight flak hit but couldn’t locate it

11)  Entire crew grounded by flight surgeon

12)  Lt. Morgenbesser suggested to S-2 additional rest for overworked crews.


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My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019


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DATES: Oct 26-29, 2023

CITY:Tucson, AZ

HOTEL: Double Tree Suites Airport hotel

7051 South Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85756


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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