Wilbur C. West was a co-pilot with the Howard Walker crew of HALPRO.
Wilbur was on the first HALPRO mission of June 12, 1942. Click here to read about his experiences.
Wilbur and crew landed in Turkey following their bombing of the Ploesti oil fields. They were interred in Turkey. Wilbur and several other HALPRO men then flew one of the B-24's from Turkey to Cyprus. Click here to read about than experience.
Upon his return to HALPRO, now the 376th, Wilbur returned to flight status. He was assigned to the 513th squadron and given a crew. He described the January 11, 1943 mission to Naples.
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
To read about other endowment donation options, click here.
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.
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376th Bomb Group Mission History
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