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

Crew Photo Needed

Flying at the End of Hostilities

RankNameSerial #Crew PositionDateStatusComments
2LtJoseph P Kinney0687137Pilot20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
2LtJohn R Groundwater0829464Co-pilot20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
2LtRobert H Stoiber02015101Bombardier20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
S/SgtEarl Barker33681623Flight Engineer20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
S/SgtAlbert E Ourada37449810Radio Operator20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
S/SgtFrank T Pecukonis33735350Airplane Armorer-Gunner20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
S/SgtJustin Herman32796632Airplane Armorer-Gunner20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
SgtElwin J Youngman32938904Aerial Gunner20-Apr-45NCMAssigned from 453rd BG
SgtJames A Bennett17070544Aerial 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 Kinney 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