DeCow Crew – Assigned 753rd Squadron – April 20, 1945

Crew Photo Needed

Flying at the End of Hostilites

RankNameSerial #Crew PositionDateStatusComments
1LtWayne E DeCow070967Pilot20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
1LtAustin W Frost0714056Co-pilot20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
2LtRussell G Hibbard02056592Navigator20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
T/SgtRussell E Miller31378411Flight Engineer20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
T/SgtFrank E Chessman39298528Radio Operator-Gunner20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
S/SgtRufus H Haerle17037610Flight Engineer20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
S/SgtJames A Mahan39120139Airplane Armorer-Gunner20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
S/SgtSigvald P Hustad37565903Airplane Armorer-Gunner20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
SgtJohn G Hansen, Jr37665537Airplane Armorer-Gunner20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG

Assigned to the 753rd Squadron at the end of the air war in Europe, there is very little information on the DeCow crew in the 458th records.  Having arrived in the ETO only five days prior to the Eighth Air Force’s cessation of bombing operations, they were able to fly the last mission of the war on April 25th.  Given their pay grades, and the fact that they flew combat so shortly after their arrival, they may have been an experienced crew having flown missions with the 453BG.

It is very possible that this crew was assigned to ferry a Liberator back to the United States.  See Ferry Crews.


DateTarget458th MsnPilot MsnSerialRCLSqdnA/C MsnA/C NameComments

B-24J-65-CF 44-10602 J3 A  Ten Gun Dottie

DeCow flew this aircraft on the crew’s sole mission with the group