Samuel D. Rose

Samuel D. Rose was a pilot. He and his crew were in the 514th Squadron.

His son, Terry, submitted Sam's story, which he wrote after the war.  Click on the various segments to read about his experiences.


Crew Formation

Deployment Overseas

April 2, 1943

April 4th we got back to base as the group formation was going out. My plane (The Lady Be Good) that I flew over seas was in the flight to Naples, the last time we saw it. A note on the Lady Be Good, a book has been written about her by Dennis E. McClendon. John C. Vyn a cousin of the navigator on the plane, used the Lady Be Good for a thesis in modern history in college. From April 4, 43 to May 1959 the airplane lay in the desert undiscovered, then an oil research team found it and the story goes on from there.

April 6, 1943

April 10, 1943

April 17, 1943

April 22 we had to fly a plane with new engines for one hour, slow time before it was taken in combat. We took turns at this, by looking over the country and beautiful coast. We also took a couple of crates of homing pigeons out over the water 50 miles and dumped them out the bottom hatch. The English at Benghazi had a pigeon loft and we helped train their birds. On most missions we took a couple of birds with us in case we went down in the water, we could send a location note home on them.

April 26, 1943

April 28, 1943

April 30, 1943

May 1, 1943

May 4, 1943

May 6, 1943

May 9, 1943

May 11, 1943

May 13, 1943

May 21, 1943

May 24, 1943

May 25, 1943

May 28, 1943

R & R

June 17, 1943

June 19, 1943

June 21, 1943

We flew every two or three days and laid on the beach the rest of the time. Most missions weren't bad, shot up a little, lost a few men and ships but got back home each time. The first mission over Greece (Solonika) we hit an air field used to put together airplanes shipped from Germany. Some of us had 500 pounders, the rest fragmentation bombs. The air field had planes lined up like a flying school here, we tore the place up bad. The pretty part was going in over all those islands in clear weather. I flew off the wing of a guy with a naked woman painted on the side of his plane and all I could think was my thermometer showed 500 below and her out in that cold and wind.

June 24, 1943

June 27, 1943

July 5, 1943

July 6, 1943

July 8, 1943

July 13, 1943

July 14, 1943

July 15th our sqd. C.O. made Maj. and he promised Smitty and I we could have his old cap. bars. when we got back from our next mission and of course a promotion came with them.

July 16, 1943 - shot down



Life after his return to the US.


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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