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515th Bomber Squadron December 1943

My uncle, Jack  Larsen, was a navigator in the 515th bomber squadron and his plane went down on December 20, 1943.   That is the date on his gravestone.  My mother passed away, so I have no one to ask questions of.   How can I find out any information about the history and missions of his squadron.  My mother told me that Jack flew missions over Ploesti.   I was under the impression that is where he was shot dow.   Any help?

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    RE: 515th Bomber Squadron December 1943 2007/04/21 20:57:04 (permalink)
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    Inquire with the 376th Bomb Group folks.  Dec 20 was not a Ploiesti mission, but Sophia, Bulgaria for B-24s.  The last one prior to that was the Aug 1, 1943 low level mission.
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    RE: 515th Bomber Squadron December 1943 2007/04/22 11:59:44 (permalink)
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    SA - The 515th Sq. , 376th BG
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    RE: 515th Bomber Squadron December 1943 2007/11/14 12:59:06 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: samundsen

    My uncle, Jack  Larsen, was a navigator in the 515th bomber squadron and his plane went down on December 20, 1943.   That is the date on his gravestone.  My mother passed away, so I have no one to ask questions of.   How can I find out any information about the history and missions of his squadron.  My mother told me that Jack flew missions over Ploesti.   I was under the impression that is where he was shot dow.   Any help?



    samundsen,
    the a/c of your uncle was the one downed over Bulgaria on Dec. 20-th 1943, after being rammed by a bulgarian fighter from type Me 109G-2. This was the only bomber shot down on this day. 3 P-38 from the 82-nd FG. were also shot down. From the plane of your uncle the tail gunner Robert Renner survived and was a POW in Bulgaria until September 1944. Pilot was 2-nd lt. Robert Brown. He and the rest of the crew were KIA. The serial number of your uncle must be O-685656.
    Please contact me with an e-mail @;
    yvesmarino@aol.com

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    Yves 
    post edited by catch 22 - 2007/11/15 12:57:01
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    RE: 515th Bomber Squadron December 1943 2007/11/23 18:06:00 (permalink)
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    Your uncle flew at least 7 missions, all with Robert Brown. His first mission was Nov 30, 1943. Brown flew 3 missions as co-pilot before he flew his first a pilot, also on Nov 30, 1943. I would assume he was part of Brown's crew, but I am not sure.

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