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Detailed history

Between July and November, 1942, the US Army, Middle East Air Force (USAMEAF) operated B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator aircraft from RAF Lydda. These aircraft were reassigned to Egypt in November.

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  • 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...

  • 1st Provisional Group

    1st Provisional Group

    The 1st Provisional Group was established on 20 July 1942 at Lydda. It brought together the existing 9th Bomb Squadron and the Hal Bomb Squadron, which were operating the Middle East.


  • Harry Halverson

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 1st Provisional Group

  • Otho Hundley

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 376th Bomb Group

  • Joseph O'Meara

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 376th Bomb Group
    1st Lieutenant Joseph Dale O'meara, Navigator, was killed in action on the B-24D Liberator Bomber #41-11603, 'Malicious', on a mission to Messina, Sicily. His aircraft was hit by two direct flak hits knocking out two engines. The aircraft was, then,...

  • John Toomey

    Military | Major | B-24 Command Pilot | 376th Bomb Group
    Maj John Marshall “Jack” Toomey ...

  • Frank Woltman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 376th Bomb Group


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