Lester L. Rowekamp, mission April 24, 1944

April 24, 1944             First mission by whole crew. We went to Ploesti, Romania Oil Refineries. Flak over target was very intense and accurate. Plane was badly damaged. Left main landing gear was shot out and left rudder was partially gone. Many flak holes in plane. On landing at base, pilot held plane up on right landing gear as long as possible. After losing speed, plane ground looped off left side of landing strip and wound up on left wing and nose. Nobody badly hurt, just well shook up. I think plane wound up as spare parts. We lost 1 plane and 6 others were damaged besides ours (What a way to start.) App. 8 hrs.      (2)


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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