Rough Diplomacy

Docendo Discimus

Docendo Dicimus is latin for ” by teaching , we learn “.Perhaps derived from Seneca the Younger (c. 4 BC – 65 AD), who says in his Letters to Lucilius, Book I, letter 7, section 8: Homines dum docent discunt. “Men learn while they teach” and during WWII there was a ton of such effort going on.

Manduria air base:  10 yr old boy, Vincenzo Dimitri, teaches italian language to the B-24 crew of 450th BG .. is a project of the Army Air Corps Library and Museum. Volunteers are transcribing servicemen names and their awards from General Orders that we are publishing on this website for enthusiasts, families and researchers of genealogy and World War II history. The names on this honor roll of men assigned to the 450th Bombardment Group is not a complete list of all who served with the 450th, however, we are attempting to locate as many documents that have survived as possible.

Sources of material include the US National Archives, Air Force Historical Research Agency and the records donated by individual servicemen and their families. We hope you will find this information useful and enjoyable. We are accepting volunteers help in this very large World War II project as we preserve this history and honor service.

Constituted on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943. Trained with B-24’s. They moved to Italy in December 1943 and began flight operations while assigned to the Fifteenth Air Force in January 1944. Their missions were mostly strategic and included targets in Rumania, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and the Balkans until V-E Day in April 1945. They would receive two Distinguished Unit Citations (DUC) for a mission on 25 February 1944, a aircraft factory at Regensburg and 5 April 1944 on a mission to marshalling yards at Ploesti, Rumania.

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