WE WENT TO WAR
PART VI: THE PLANES WE FLEW - PHILIPPINES CAMPAIGN
COLLECTION OF DATA
This compilation was drawn from a number of sources. The work was
carried out in a largely sequential manner using the following sources in the
order presented below:
The Mission Records of the 380th Bomb Group as carried by the
National Archives of the United States, Annex II, College Park, Maryland.
These records are complete except for initial missions carried out in New
Guinea in June 1943 while serving with the 43rd and 90th Bomb Groups.
The Unit Histories of the 380th Bomb Group and its constituent
squadrons as obtained in microfilm from the Air Force Historical Research
Center at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. The histories begin
in January or February 1944 and continue until peace in September 1945. The
earlier history is only summarized. The reports include copies of some
selected orders by and to the 380th Bomb Group during the above period.
These are quite incomplete but hopefully there has been enough overlap
between the presentations of the several units involved to complete our work
successfully. This data has recently been committed to CD by the AFHRC.
Copies of these disks are in our possession.
The histories already published on the 380th Bomb Group (H):
THE FLYING CIRCUS - 380TH BOMB GROUP, by James E. Fain, Jr., Howard
L. Bergman, Grant C. Cannon and Julian A. Riser, Intelligence Officers of the
380th Bomb Group, Commanday-Roth Co., New York, NY, 1946, 190 pp. Reprinted
KING OF THE HEAVIES - 380TH BOMB GROUP, 1942-1945, by Glenn R.
Horton, Jr., and Gary L. Horton. Library of Congress Card Number 83-90348.
Privately published, 1983, 184 pp.
THE BEST IN THE SOUTHWEST - THE 380TH BOMB GROUP IN WORLD WAR II, by
Glenn R. Horton, Jr., Library of Congress Card Number 95-079703, ISBN
0-9645959-0-7. Mosie Publications, Savage, MN, 1995, 513 pp.
These publications have been particularly important, especially for aircraft
nose art names and pictures, which are missing from the official records, and
for narratives of events as they occurred. NOTE: All of these
publications are no longer in print; please check military bookstores/libraries,
eBay, and other resources for available copi
The Membership Rosters of the 380th Bomb Group Association, Inc. (the
organization of the veterans of World War II service in the 380th Bomb Group
and their families) previously published by us or associated with our regular
A separate section was kept for each aircraft collecting all
available information from each of the above sources. Conflicting
information was sorted out based on repetition of use and on its
plausibility. In many cases several different values were presented for
serial numbers, name spellings, and assignments, etc. It is hoped that the
correct version has been chosen in each case.
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