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At Lete Air Base near Bengazi, Libya, standing by their airplane, Teggie Ann - Honey Chile, for the Ploesti mission, members of the 376th Bomb Group try on their newly issued flak suits designed to protect the wearer against splinters from flak gun explosions. The men are, left to right :

SSgt. Angelo P. Aspesi - Gunner - Boston, Mass.
SSgt. Leo J. Picard - Tail Gunner - Springfield, Mass.
TSgt. Leonard S. Pate - Engineer - Chino, California
TSgt. Charles D. Robbins - Gunner - Milton, Washington

The men are pictured just prior to taking off on the bombing raid to the Ploesti, Romania, oil refineries. 1 Aug 1943.

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...

  • 515th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Angelo Aspesi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    SSgt. Angelo Aspeci was assigned to the 515th Bomb Squadron, the 376th Bomb Group, and TDY to the 9th Air Force. He was a crew member on the B-24D, 42-40664, Teggie Ann, flown by Col. K.K. Compton on the Ploesti oil refinery bombing mission,...

  • Leonard Pate

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B-24 Flight Engineer
    TSgt. Leonard Pate was the flight engineer on the B-24D, 42-40664, Teggie Ann, in the 515th BS, 376th BG, detached (TDY) to the 9th AF. He flew on the Ploesti oil refinery bombing mission, successfully returning to Benghazi, Libya. RTB. 1 Aug 43.

  • Leo Picard

    Military | Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Flight Engineer on B-24 42-40664 'Teggie Ann' 515BS, 376BG, 9AF, flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, successfully returning to Benghazi, Libya. Awards: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Robbins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | B-24 Radio Operator
    SSgt. Charles Robbins was the radio Operator on the B-24D, Yankee Rebel, and, 42-40664, Teggie Ann, in the 515th Bomb Squadron, in the 376th Bomb Group, TDY to the 9th Air Force in Benghazi, Libya. He flew with Lt. Don Hurd's crew on, Yankee Rebel, on...

Aircraft

  • 42-40664 - Honey Chile - Liberandos - Teggie Ann

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 42-40664, named, Teggie Ann, should not be mistaken for another B-24D, 41-23754, (of three) also named, Teggie Ann, that were in the 8th Air Force. Later, this, Teggie Ann, 42-40664, was changed to, Little Lady. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2021 10:21:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to mission associations
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Date Contributor Update
28 December 2021 22:48:23 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Best Web - B-24 - Honey Chile - Teggie Ann

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2021 22:44:35 Kickapoo Changes to caption and unit associations
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Details added. - Kickapoo

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2019 11:24:54 Emily Changes to caption and unit associations
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Added official caption from US Air Force photo 67044 AC at Fold 3

Date Contributor Update
29 March 2015 17:18:37 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.armyaircorps-376bg.com

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