William W. Roberts Mission December 29, 1944

Dec. 29, 1944--Bressanone Railroad Bridge, Northern Italy mountains.

ROUGHEST MISSION. Very accurate, heavy flak and came off target with following damage: Lost #1 engine. Gas leak in bomb bay. Navigation instruments shot out. Tail turret rendered inoperative. All compasses shot out. Old #47 took a beating that day, but Sawyer and Eldridge brought her home all alone. Went through terrific thunderstorm about 50 miles from home. Wrote Sparks up for DFC for his stopping gas leak in bomb bay WITH HIS BARE HANDS IN BELOW ZERO WEATHER. (He didn't get it.)

Waist gunners Rye and Rafferty got Purple Hearts for slight flak wounds in their backs. More than 50 holes in plane.

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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