Carl B. Yerian, Mission April 23, 1944

On April 23 the target was Schwechat, Austria. Thirty six of the forty planes which were launched made it over the target.

We were attacked by 10 ME-109s and heavy anti aircraft fire. One B-24 was lost over the target and our plane received a direct hit in the bomb bay which severed a gas line which was used for transferring fuel between tanks. Raw aviation fuel accumulated in the bomb bay and when the doors were opened to release the fuel it blew into the cockpit. Any spark would have caused an explosion and the temperature at 20000 feet over the Alps was minus 60 degrees F. Our flight engineer worked in the open bomb bay to -repair the damage while a Colonel, who was flying with us as an observer, kept filling small oxygen bottles for him. Working with gasoline in those temperatures caused severe damage to his hands. We returned safely due to his heroic efforts and both he and the Colonel received the Silver Star Medal.


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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