458th Bombardment Group (H)
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Honored Contributors: Recognizing Generosity and Tributes
|Contributor||In Honor Of|
|David Bell||T/Sgt Beecher Bell, Radio Operator, Crew 14|
|David Scorza||1Lt Samuel D. Scorza, Navigator, Crew 74|
|Jerry Leone||Capt Charles “Sam” Evans (Pilot); Capt Leland G. Griffith (Group Ops Officer)|
|John & Sara Grivas||1Lt Donald C. Allen, Bombardier, Lehr Crew|
|Robert & Rosmary Mire||Sgt Edward J. Mire, Gunner, Grice Crew|
|Chris & Jenny Borden||1Lt Samuel D. Scorza, Navigator, Crew 74|
|Les Alderson||1Lt Duan Campbell, Co-pilot, Simpson Crew|
|Cynthia J. Krakowski||T/Sgt Lloyd V. Lawson, Flight Engineer, Josephson Crew|
|Patrick Mattson||T/Sgt Robert R. Mattson, Radio Operator, and Crew 51|
|Jan Hilborn||1Lt Allen C. Hilborn, Co-pilot, Crew 74|
|Gene Roberts||T/Sgt Lewis E. Roberts, Radio Operator, Wagner Crew|
|Craig Farmer||All who served in the 458th|
|Lorraine Courtney||Sgt Anthony J. Corlito, Radio Operator, Koehn Crew|
|Barbara and Wayne Todd||Sgt Edwin B. Carpenter, Tail Gunner, Crew 50|
|Lycinda Bell||T/Sgt Beecher Bell, Radio Operator, Crew 14|
|Matt Miller||2Lt Frederick W. Wright, Co-pilot, Klusmeyer Crew|
|Deborah Wesley||1Lt John J. Jones, Pilot (AZON)|
|Charlene Hoobler||1Lt David E. Hoobler (Bombardier) and Crew 21|
|Steven Wilson||T/Sgt Raymond J. Wilson, Radio Operator, Crew 22|
|John Herzik||1Lt Frank W. Herzik, Pilot Crew 64|
|Alexander Loeber||1Lt Ralph O. “Hap” Hoffman, Pilot|
|Eric Volk||S/Sgt Albert J. Volk, Top Turret Gunner, LaJeunesse Crew|
|Duane Dedrickson||S/Sgt John D. Dedrickson, Ball Turret Gunner, Larson Crew|
|Jeff Nutter||1Lt Ralph N. Nutter, Jr, Pilot|
|Letitia Baer||1Lt William G. Baer, Bombardier, Monahan Crew|
|Scott Fifer||T/Sgt Walter C. Fifer, Radio Operator, Crew 21|
|Barbara Todd||S/Sgt Edwin B. Carpenter, Gunner, Crew 50|
|Tony Recchia||1Lt Anthony P. Recchia, 858th Chemical Co. Det “A” Commanding Officer|
|Al & Paul Pizzica||S/Sgt Albert J. Pizzica, Armorer-Gunner, Matze Crew (AZON)|
|Reed & Haley Murkin||1Lt Samuel D. Scorza, Navigator, Crew 74|
|Joe & Julie Davan||1Lt Matthew J. Davan, Navigator, Crew 47|
|Ted Parsons||Sgt Theodore K. Parsons, Radio Operator, Gilbert Crew|
|Greg DesJardin||S/Sgt Daniel J. DesJardin, Aerial Gunner, Mateer Crew|
|Margaret Jones||1Lt John J. Jones, Pilot (AZON)|
|Corby Krick||1Lt Donald E. Krick, Bombardier, Dyer Crew|
|Timothy Padden||2Lt Michael Boury, Jr, Bombardier, Crew 71|
|Jim Plaisted||M/Sgt Waldo W. Plaisted, Crew Chief, 753BS|
|Alex Holodak||1Lt John S. Holodak, Navigator, Abramowitz Crew|
|Laura Haynes Dixon||1Lt Laurence S. Haynes, Pilot|
|Stephen Lambousy||Sgt Harold P. Lambousy, Waist Gunner, Crew 48|
Donations used for…
Mission Record December 24, 1944
Ordered from the National Archives and downloaded, this is a 219 page, 90MB file that contains mostly Crew Load Lists along with group documents detailing the mission to hit Schonecken, Germany on Christmas Eve 1944. I was hoping to get loading lists for all 53 crews that participated on this mission, but only received 31. I am hoping to get the remaining 22 ordered, but need to figure out how to explain this to them. (If you have ever ordered from this agency, you will know that they are not the greatest on follow ups).
If you would like a copy of this mission record, please contact me.
Network Solutions Domain Registration (5 year)
This is for the domain name 458bg.com to be used by the site, and is valid through April 2025.
FOLD3 Renewal (1 Year)
The FOLD3 website is an invaluable resource for records from the National Archives. While USAAF photos can be downloaded for free, other holdings (documents) like Missing Air Crew Reports (MACR) and unit reports require a subscription.
I recently sent the group’s microfilm to them and they added these records to their site. If you click here you can browse all of the group and squadron records. This requires registration, but is free.
They also have more than 300 high resolution photos of 458th aircraft, crews, aerial images etc. available to download.
New Website 2023
After 20 years on our old platform, we were told we had one month to move the site or lose it. Thanks to HL Media LLC and to all of you who contributed, the move was a great success. Thank you all for your very kind and generous contributions that made this possible!