Theodore P. Schoonmaker was a navigator with HALPRO.
Ted's widow submitted the following bio of him in 2006. I have divided his story into two sections - the first is the beginnings and the second is is last mission.
After completing his junior year at Harvard, my husband enlisted in the Army Air Corps in the summer of 1941. He received his commission as Navigator the following spring and was assigned to the Halverson Provisional Group (HALPRO), which later became the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group. HALPRO was intended to fly to China and from there bomb Japan as a follow up to the Doolittle Raid. However that never materialized because the British requested our help in the North Africa campaign. By September 1942, Ted was stationed in Egypt and then Palestine flying support for the British.
The website 376bg.org is NOT our site nor is it our endowment fund.
At the 2017 reunion, the board approved the donation of our archives to the Briscoe Center for American History, located on the University of Texas - Austin campus.
Also, the board approved a $5,000 donation to add to Ed Clendenin's $20,000 donation in the memory of his father. Together, these funds begin an endowment for the preservation of the 376 archives.
Donate directly to the 376 Endowment
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DATES: Oct 12-15, 2023
CITY:Fairfax Co, VA
HOTEL: Westin Dulles hotel
2520 Wasser Terrace, Herndon, VA 20171
Click here to read about the reunion details.
Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior
376th Bomb Group Mission History
Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War