THE LIBERANDOS : A WORLD WAR II HISTORY OF THE 376TH BOMB GROUP (H) AND ITS FOUNDING UNITS. Together with : Morris E. Mansell’s Crew. & Tennant, Otto A. (Ed.). SUPPLEMENT TO THE LIBERANDOS : A WWII HISTORY OF THE 376TH HEAVY BOMBARDMENT GROUP AND ITS
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Two Volumes. Main Vol. : 376th Bombardment Group, Veterans Association, Inc., 1st ed., 1994. Xxv + 613 pp., numerous photo-ills., + some maps + cold., plates. D.j., 28 x 22cm. FINE. Supplement : N.p., (1st ed., 2001). 109 pp., various photo-ills. Red cloth ; gilt ; 28 x 21cm. Small stamp inked out & numerals on f.f.e.p., o/w FINE. Signed Presentation Copy by the Editor (DFC and Air Medal) reading “Hope the residents of Scottish Rite Park enjoy the history of our crew in WWII, Otto A. Tennant Aug 21, 2001” This is the story about the men of the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group, one of the most famous and heavily decorated units of World War II. It is derived from the personal documents, letters and words of its veterans, as well as from official records. The 376th is best known as the group which led the low level attack on the Ploesti refineries on August 1, 1943, and the group to which the ill-fated B-24 “Lady Be Good” belonged before becoming lost in the Sahara Desert, remaining undiscovered for sixteen years. Both events are related in full in this book, updating and correcting earlier written accounts. The 376th was unique in that it was the only American heavy bomb group activated in overseas combat. It was the first American unit to bomb “Fortress Europe” and the first group to be based on the European continent. Its parent was HALPRO, a secret select B-24 unit with hand-picked crews whose original mission was to bomb Tokyo from Chinese bases. The story of HALPRO is detailed here for the first time. The group flew 451 combat missions, was awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations and earned fifteen campaign awards. The book includes tables listing all missions, with analyses of each mission. It contains over 500 pictures, most of which are previously unpublished and from the collections of group members. The Supplement Volume is EXTREMELY RARE (even the official historian for the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group tells us he has never seen a copy.) After the main volume was published there was much discussion within the Group as whether or not to publish a second edition which (a) corrected errors, and (b) added additional material. In the end the Association decided not to publish a second edition, to leave the original volume untouched, and to issue an unrevised reprint. To cater for the substantial additional material, they decided that the best vehicle would be a Supplement. However, the print run for this was very small and copies very rarely come on the market. It is described as “an attempt to write of one crew’s history and its missions with the 515th Bomb Squadron or Satan’s Kids, of the 376th Bomb Heavy Bombardment Group.” As such it records the fifty missions undertaken by Captain Morris E. Mansell’s crew together with Appendices containing ‘Photographs of Crew in the United States and at San Pancrazio, Italy’ ; ‘Leaflets Distributed Over Enemy Lands’ ; and a second appendix providing biographies of crew members. The Supplement is a Signed Presentation Copy from the Editor, Otto A. Tennant, who was a member of Mansell’s Crew and was awarded the DFC and Air Medal – 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, European ribbon with 5 battle stars. His inscription reads “Hope the residents of Scottish Rite Park enjoy the history of our crew in WWII, Otto A. Tennant Aug 21, 2001.” No copy of Supplement on COPAC ; only 1 copy on OCLC.