Richard G. Miller Mission October 9, 1942

Oct. 9.

Went in 6 ship formation to Bg. - formation all the way; made it in 11 hours - still is one hell of a grind. Only did fair with bombs. Encountered very accurate and heavy ak-ak. One ship was well riddled and nearly all got holes in them. Coming back, Ranz led us off course, and we flew over the Desert War. All of a Sudden, we heard a loud explosion and discovered a 37 mm shell had exploded in our cannon - we were at 4,500 ft. and the ground forces couldn't miss - they hit us with the first shot. No one was hurt, but it tore hell out of the ship - left a hole big enough to put one's head in; hit gas tank and caused slight leak, also hit de-icer fluid container - made Christians out of all of us.

Have often wondered what I'd do if something something like that happened – well, it happened so fast that you can't think - you go into action fast before you can get scared; It is the after effects that give you the jitters. On being hit, we started swerving in all possible evasive manoeveres and it worked, for a shell came between No.3 engine and the cabin just after we started moving. Ran into pursuit but they didn't bother us. (Don't know if it was British or German fire that did it).


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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

Langdon Liberando