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B-24 42-73428 'Big Nig' 515BS, 376BG

"Returning from the 376th Bomb Group's 200th mission on December 14,1943 to bomb the airfield at Athens Tatoi.

Shown from L-R: Brig. Gen. Carlyle H. Ridenhour - 47th Bomb Wing Commander, Col. Keith K. Compton - 376th BG Commander,
Capt. E. Lynn Hester - Bombardier, Unknown"



  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb 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


  • Keith Compton

    Military | Lieutenant General | B-24 Command Pilot - Squadron Commander - Commanding Officer
    Keith Karl Compton was an American Air Force Lieutenant General who was Vice Commander in Chief, in the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command. He flew as the Element Lead Aircraft's Command Pilot with Gen. Uzal Ent, the Ploesti Mission...

  • Carlyle Ridenour

    Military | Brigadier General | C/O
    C/O 12th Bomber Command. Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 42-73428 'Big Nig'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 515BS, 376BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Sofia, Bulgaria 20-Dec-43 with Bob Brown crew; Collided with out of control ME109, ripping wing from A/C. 10 x KIA MACR 1592 ...


Date Contributor Update
22 January 2021 20:43:05 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2021 18:45:21 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations