458th Bombardment Group (H)
In June 1945, the B-24’s of the 458th (and several from other bomb groups) were ferried back to the States from Horsham St. Faith. Air crew who had not completed their combat tours when the war ended were assigned the duty of flying the aircraft. In addition, ground personnel who were not essential to closing out the group’s operations at Horsham were assigned (about 10 to an aircraft) to be returned to the States, ostensibly in order to get the group ready to retrain in B-29’s for deployment to the Pacific Theater. Photographs were taken, but no identities were included. If anyone can identify any of the air or ground personnel in any of these photos, please contact me.
The photos are marked with the last three numbers of the aircraft when known. Crews that have been identified have the pilot’s last name listed next to the partial serial number.
Click on each image for a closeup view of the personnel.
Ferry Crew 408
B-24J-100-CO 42-100408 J4 I Lady Luck / The Beast
Middle Row, 3rd from left: M/Sgt Waldo W. Plaisted, 753BS Crew Chief
Ferry Crew 837
B-24JSH-20-FO 44-48837 J3 L
Possibly 1Lt Maurice C. Laird Crew
Lt Zenas A. Varney (Standing, 2nd from left)
Ferry Crew 912 Hoey
B-24J-5-FO 42-50912 J4 D The Travlin’ Bag
Kneeling: 2nd left: Sgt William N. Castle; 2nd right: 2Lt Richard T. Hoey
Last Liberator leaving Horsham
Going Home – Unknown Airmen