458BG is changing...
Please bear with me over the next few months while I adapt the old site into this new template.
About this website
This site is a tribute to those who served with the 458th Bomb Group during World War II. It is also a tribute to Crew 74, of which my father, Samuel D. Scorza, was a part. My father was assigned to the 458th Bombardment Group (H) in October 1943. He had just completed navigation training at San Marcos, Texas, and the group was nearing its final stages in assigning crews to the newly formed squadrons in Tonopah, Nevada. He became the navigator on Crew 74 or the Vogel crew. After training, they flew the 'Southern Route' to England in January 1944, arriving at Horsham St. Faiths near Norwich in February. The group flew its first mission on March 2, 1944. Crew 74 completed their tour of 30 missions in June 1944.
When I first started researching my dad's crew, I was very disappointed at how little there was to be found on the 458th Bomb Group. Other than four volumes of a very good History of the 458th Bomb Group published many years ago by George Reynolds, there is not much on the 458th. Compared to some of the other bomb groups in the 8th Air Force, the 458th, it seemed, was a ghost group. That is one of the reasons for this website. Over the course of the last two years I have found mission records, photos, Missing Air Crew Reports (MACR), and many other items of interest about the group. I became fascinated with all of those associated with the 458th. I have had the privilege to speak with numerous veterans over the phone, and many more via mail and email. Every single one of these men has been very forthcoming and generous in my numerous requests for information. It is because of their very kind contributions that this web page is possible.
Please sign our Guestbook!
Crew photos needed!
If you are in possession of a crew photo from the 458th, and would like to help preserve the history of the group, please contact me.
This site is a work in progress. Any comments, suggestions, or contributions in the form of photos, documents, stories, etc. are welcomed. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
My sincere apologies for the lack of updates over the last year. I am working to get crews/info added.
11/12/12: Added DG Williams Crew to Combat Crews/753rd Page.
09/11/12: Added Hendrickson Crew to Combat Crews/752nd Page.
09/09/12: Added Bradley Crew to Combat Crews/754th Page.
09/03/12: Added Simpson Crew to Combat Crews/752nd Page.
09/03/12: Updated Koehn Crew with info, photo
09/03/12: Updated Szarko Crew with info, photos
09/03/12: Updated Horgan Crew with info
The information contained in this site including all images, illustrations, designs, photographs, video clips, writings and other materials that appear herein are copyrights, trademarks, intellectual property owned, controlled, or licensed by 458bg.com and are the property of their respective owners. Permission is granted to display, copy, distribute, download, and print in hard copy portions of this site for NON-PROFIT, INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.