458th Bombardment Group (H)

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Honored Contributors: Recognizing Generosity and Tributes


ContributorIn 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 FarmerAll who served in the 458th
Lorraine CourtneySgt Anthony J. Corlito, Radio Operator, Koehn Crew
Barbara and Wayne ToddSgt Edwin B. Carpenter, Tail Gunner, Crew 50
Lycinda BellT/Sgt Beecher Bell, Radio Operator, Crew 14
Matt Miller2Lt Frederick W. Wright, Co-pilot, Klusmeyer Crew
Deborah Wesley1Lt John J. Jones, Pilot (AZON)
Charlene Hoobler1Lt David E. Hoobler (Bombardier) and Crew 21
Steven WilsonT/Sgt Raymond J. Wilson, Radio Operator, Crew 22
John Herzik1Lt Frank W. Herzik, Pilot Crew 64
Alexander Loeber1Lt Ralph O. “Hap” Hoffman, Pilot
Eric VolkS/Sgt Albert J. Volk, Top Turret Gunner, LaJeunesse Crew
Duane DedricksonS/Sgt John D. Dedrickson, Ball Turret Gunner, Larson Crew
Jeff Nutter1Lt Ralph N. Nutter, Jr, Pilot
Letitia Baer1Lt William G. Baer, Bombardier, Monahan Crew
Scott FiferT/Sgt Walter C. Fifer, Radio Operator, Crew 21
Barbara ToddS/Sgt Edwin B. Carpenter, Gunner, Crew 50
Tony Recchia1Lt Anthony P. Recchia, 858th Chemical Co. Det “A” Commanding Officer
Al & Paul PizzicaS/Sgt Albert J. Pizzica, Armorer-Gunner, Matze Crew (AZON)
Reed & Haley Murkin1Lt Samuel D. Scorza, Navigator, Crew 74
Joe & Julie Davan1Lt Matthew J. Davan, Navigator, Crew 47
Ted ParsonsSgt Theodore K. Parsons, Radio Operator, Gilbert Crew
Greg DesJardinS/Sgt Daniel J. DesJardin, Aerial Gunner, Mateer Crew
Margaret Jones1Lt John J. Jones, Pilot (AZON)
Corby Krick1Lt Donald E. Krick, Bombardier, Dyer Crew
Timothy Padden2Lt Michael Boury, Jr, Bombardier, Crew 71
Jim PlaistedM/Sgt Waldo W. Plaisted, Crew Chief, 753BS
Alex Holodak1Lt John S. Holodak, Navigator, Abramowitz Crew
Laura Haynes Dixon1Lt Laurence S. Haynes, Pilot
Stephen LambousySgt Harold P. Lambousy, Waist Gunner, Crew 48
Eugene Smith2Lt William B. Smith, Pilot

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!

Web Hosting/Support Yearly Renewal

This keeps 458bg.com going every year.

Thank you everyone for helping to keep this history alive and available for all to see!!