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At an air base near Bengasi, Cirenaica, Libya, members of the 376th Bomb Group try on their newly issued "flak suits" designed to protect the wearer against splinters from anti-aircraft fire. The men are, left to right:

S/Sgt Angelo P Aspesi, gunner of Boston, Mass.
S/Sgt Leo J Picard, tail gunner, from Springfield, Mass.
T/Sgt Leonard S Pate, engineer of Chino, California
T/Sgt Charles D Robbins, gunner, whose home is in Milton, Washington

The men are pictured just prior to taking off on the bombing raid of the Ploesti, Roumania oil field and refineries.

Connections

Units

  • 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
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew member on B-24 Liberator 42-40664 'Teggie Ann', flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, successfully returning to Benghazi, Libya. Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Leonard Pate

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer
    Flight Engineer on B-24 Liberator 42-40664 'Teggie Ann' 515 BS, 376 BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, successfully returning to Benghazi, Libya.

  • Leo Picard

    Military | Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Flight Engineer on B-24 Liberator 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 | Radio Operator
    Radio Operator on B-24 Liberator 42-40664 'Teggie Ann' 515 BS, 376 BG, 9th AF, flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, successfully returning to Benghazi, Libya. Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2019 11:24:54 Emily Changes to caption and unit associations
Sources

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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