458th Bombardment Group (H)

  Honoring those who served with the 458th BG during World War II

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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 the navigator.  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.  After training, the crews flew the 'Southern Route' to England in January 1944, arriving at Horsham St. Faith near Norwich in February.  The group flew its first combat 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, the group's historian, there was 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 several 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 and their family members over the phone, and have corresponded with 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.

It was the result of this continued correspondence with veterans and their families that allowed me to collaborate with two amazing individuals, Ron Mackay and Mike Bailey, in 2009.  Together, we were able to put together a comprehensive history of the 458th Bombardment Group from training in Tonopah, Nevada in the winter of 1943, through the German surrender in 1945.  It was published by Schiffer Books in October 2010.

The 458th Bomb Group (H), 8th USAAF at Horsham St. Faith - 1944-1945

It can be found on Amazon or Schiffer Books.


In the course of my research, I very often come to find that the information I seek is available, but at a cost.  The 458th Bombardment Group has 63 boxes of records stored at the National Archives.  These records can be ordered on CD or paper, the cost is currently about $0.80 per page.  Documents consist of Operational Summaries, Mission Reports, Group Commander Reports, etc.  Also available from Internet sources are aircraft Accident Reports (most with photos); and unit, parent unit, and sub-unit records on microfilm.  These records are generally $30.00 or less.

Some of these documents and microfilm reels (CDs) have been given to me by other researchers, but I have also purchased quite a number of these records, and most of them appear on this site in one form or another, many in their entirety.  I have also been able to send numerous documents to family members seeking information on their 458th veteran or to the veterans themselves.

The website also has associated costs with upkeep and hosting.  Over the 15 years this site has been online, hosting costs have risen dramatically.  In the beginning, funding the site was not an issue, but these costs have become substantial over the past five years or so.

For these reasons I have created a Donations page.  Any amount is very much appreciated and will be used solely for the acquisition of 458th materials and the maintenance of this website.

If you wish to honor an individual or group, I will gladly post that information on the Donations page.

Thank you very much for anything you can give!!
Darin Scorza

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This website is a work in progress.  If you are in possession of photos, documents, stories, or other memorabilia from the group, please consider sharing it with the site and help preserve the history of this group.

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Site Updates

My apologies for being very behind on updating the website.  Life gets in the way sometimes, but please know that I still manage work on 458th material most days of the week.

02/06/20: Added Harry Perry Crew page to 755BS

05/15/20: Added Leland Clutter Crew page to 752BS
05/21/20: Added John Rosen Crew page to 754BS

06/11/20: Added Edward Dantler Crew page to 753BS
06/17/20: Added Clyde Thompson Crew page to 754BS
06/18/20: Added Robert Daniel Crew page to 753BS
06/22/20: Added William Sanders Crew page to 753BS
06/26/20: Added Richard Sharp Crew page to 754BS

07/09/20: Added Robert Ruark Crew page to 755BS
07/09/20: Added Emil Besten Crew page to 754BS
07/14/20: Added Louis Hodge Crew page to 754BS
07/16/20: Added John Duriavich Crew page to 753BS
07/21/20: Added Thomas Polliard Crew page to 753BS
07/22/20: Added Ford's Folly to Group Aircraft page

07/09/21: Added Friendly Fire to Stories Page
07/22/21: Updated Hauser Crew page 755BS
10/06/21: Updated Swingle Crew page 752BS

04/11/23: Added Hayzlett Crew page to 752BS

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