458th Bombardment Squadron

The 458th, hurt early in the conflict by the loss in action of its commanding officer LTCOL Doyne Turner, recovered and kept pace with its neighbors under its new leader, MAJ Elmer E. Ambrose. Among the familiar faces of key administrative non-coms there were always those of MSGT William Conway, and his SGT Major, SSGT Raymond McLaughlin, of SSGT Wilfred Hogle in supply and of SSGT Kenneth Dillow, master of the mess hall. Over the target too, there were always a few familiar 458th faces; this Squadron is quick and proud to point out that its Lead Crews were the reason all units of the Group had high accuracy in their combat bombing.


AIRCrews - Aircraft - GROUNDCrews - personnel roster
Crew 801 mainly flew K-26 (SN: 42-93970)" City of Palm Beach". This "Lead Crew" flew a commanding 27 missions and received multiple Air Medals and the DFC. Here are most of the crew in Cuba. (They alsways smile in the Cuba photos. Must be the RUM!). They are L to R: 1LT Keith Morehouse (B), 1LT Lawrence Hutchison (FE), 1LT Douglas Penton (N), 2LT Grant Bromall (Rad Ob), 1LT Howard Wilson, Jr. (P) and MAJ Harley Stowell, Jr. (A/C). This was a Lead Crew and part of the original 458th that came from Walker AAB, Kansas.

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
Comments
MAJ
A/C
Harley L. Stowell Jr.
0-433601
 
1LT
P
Howard S. Wilson Jr.
0-827113
 
1LT
N
Austin D. Penton
0-670164
 
1LT
B
Keith H. Morehouse
0-433363
 
2LT
Rad Ob
Grant E. Bromall
0-785246
 
1LT
Rad Ob
Gordon O. Spicer
0-2068880
 
1LT
FE
Lawrence J. Hutchison
0-864938
 
SSGT
RO
Melvin B. Schall
20317040
 
TSGT
CFC
Elton B. Thorpe
37199650
 
SSGT
RG
Butelle Graham
34876349
 
SSGT
LG
Herbert J. Greenwood, Jr.
33791943
 
SGT
TG
Ernest S. Gray
33644891
Ground Crew
MSGT
Cr/Chief
Oscar L. Waits
14031772
Awarded Bronze Star-22 Aug 45
MSGT
Ground
Joseph E. Early
6753551
 
SGT
Ground
Edwin J. Wolfe
33505071
 
SGT
Ground
Ernest W. Stone
38528838
 

Thanks to Leon Thorpe, Elton's son, for the priceless crew photo above. Thanks!


Crew 807 mainly flew K-27 (SN: 44-69790). "City of Birmingham" and "Ole Boomberang" is what they called her. Seated L to R: SSGT William Checkley (CFC), SGT Anthony Chillemi (RG), SSG Russell Wolverton (TG), SSG Robert Connick (LG) Standing: SSGT Leon Sarkesian (RO), 1LT John Stewart (Rad Ob), MSGT Victor Driscoll (FE), 1LT Chester Patterson (N), 1LT Thomas Gwyn (B), 1LT Percy Entziminger (P), MAJ John Wells (A/C) The crew completed 21 missions before the war was over and were awarded multiple Air Medals in the process. These men were part of the original 458th also.

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
Comments
MAJ
A/C
John P. Wells
0-665653
 
1LT
Pilot
Percy R. Entziminger
0-826121
 
1LT
N
Chester L. Patterson
0-2064307
 
1LT
B
Thomas N. Gwyn
0-747010
 
1LT
Rad Ob
John W. Stewart
0-576407
 
MSGT
FE
Victor H. Driscoll
14055183
 
SSGT
RO
Leon G. Sarkesian
31312685
 
SSGT
CFC
William T. Checkley
42006579
 
SGT
RG
Anthony Chillemi
42091837
 
SSGT
LG
Robert W. Connick
31371593
 
SSGT
TG
Russell W. Wolverton
35622665
 
Ground Crew
SSGT
Cr/Chief
Charles J. Roup
13108679
 
SGT
Ground
William C. Dempsey Jr.
38515900
 

Crew 817 of K-28 "City of Omaha" aka "Yonkee Doll-ah". This crew, headed by McClellan, flew a whopping 30 missions over the Empire. They received multiple Air Medals and multiple DFC's as well. Way to go GUYS! Part of the original 458th from Kansas as well. Standing L to R: MAJ Howard McClellan. Back row - 1LT Tony Ruggeri, SSGT Gene Christman, 1LT William "Bill"Caldwell, 1LT Robert Hickerson, 1LT Glen Jensen Front row - SSGT Gilrero (Did not continue on to Guam), SSGT Calvin Boehm, SSGT Charles "Chuck" Wassum, TSGT Ernest Brock, MSGT Lyle Thomas.

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
Comments
MAJ
A/C
Howard W. McClellan
0-423947
1LT
P
Glen F. Jensen
0-780610
1LT
N
Robert E. Hickerson
0-2055765
1LT
B
William D. Caldwell
0-663238
1LT
Rad Ob
Anthony A. Ruggeri
0-765528
MSGT
FE
Lyle G. Thomas
17003005
SSGT
RO
Eugene R. Christman
31624239
TSGT
CFC
Ernest C. Brock
34806041
SSGT
RG
Calvin H. Boehm
33729126
SSGT
LG
Charles R. Wassum
13189091
SGT
TG
Frederick J. Janik
31350019
Ground Crew
TSGT
Crew/Chief
Douglas B. McDougal
17049355
Awarded Bronze Star-22 Aug 45
SSGT
Ground
Maurice L. Egly
33505141
SGT
Ground
Orlo F. Harr
39126284
CPL
Ground
Evertt L. Bolinger
37513640
SGT
Ground
Irving Escover
32277777
SGT
Ground
Charles L. James
36738454

Here is the Pilot of K-28, 1LT Glen Jensen (Left)and the FE, MSGT Lyle Thomas discussing how to make this the best mission ever.

To read about the time a Live Radio Broadcast was beemed from this aircraft to Guam then back to the U.S.Click Here!


Crew 813 mainly flew "City of San Francisco" (K-29 SN: 44-69800). This was my fathers crew. Front Row, L to R: SGT Marion Kinsell (TG), SGT Edward Kindl (LG), unknown, SGT Bart Klinger (RG), SSGT Roy McLeod (RO), TSGT William Nickels (CFC), Back Row: MSGT Harold Turvey (FE), 1LT Knut Flo (N), CAP Alfonso Escalante (B), CAP Richard Flanagan (Rad Ob), 2LT Robert Woolson (P), CAP Raymond Smisek (A/C). Crew successfully flew 21 Missions. Part of the original 458th to come over and another "Lead Crew".

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
Comments
AM
DFC
CAP
A/C
Raymond B. Smisek
0-433740
DFC for missions to Kobe on 5 June and Hamamatsu on 19 May
3
2
2LT
P
Robert C. Woolson
0-774866
3
2
1LT
N
Knut W. Flo
0-712543
Squad Nav as of 12 AUG 45
3
2
CAP
B
Alfonso Escalante
0-667272
Squad Bomb as of 12 AUG 45
3
2
CAP
Rad Ob
Richard W. Flanagan
0-443078
3
2
MSGT
FE
Harold R. Turvey
16028004
3
2
SSGT
RO
Roy G. McLeod
36554377
1
1
TSGT
CFC
William J. Nickels
36755519
3
1
SGT
RG
Bart H. Klinger
16171367
3
1
SGT
LG
Edward J. Kindl
31379904
3
1
SGT
TG
Marion H. Kinsell
33683080
Ground Crew
MSGT
Cr/Chief
Charles A. Logue
16027583
CPL
Ground
John F. Matrangol
13168034
CPL
Ground
Stephen Guzik
31271187
SGT
Ground
Oscar W. Libby
31052227

K-29's RO, SSGT Roy McLeod seen here after a mission to Gifu, July 1945.


Crew 808 flew both K-30 and K-34 (SN: 42-93954), "City of Portsmouth" aka "Beats Me". This crew went to Muroc for Lead Crew training and upon returning were assigned K-34. They quickly changed the name to their trademark, but added "Beats Me TOO". In total the crew flew 24 missions and were all awarded the Air Medal. Here is the ENTIRE Air Crew and Ground Crew.Back Row, L to R: SSGT Harold Barton (RG), MSGT Edward Ciereck (Crw Chf), PFC Richard Hazen (Mech), PFC Harry Vrandenburg (Armor), SGT William Clackner, Jr. (Armor), Middle Row: SSGT Lee Bonesteele Jr. (TG), SSGT William Bolton (Armor), SSGT Clyde Lytele, Jr. (Mech), SGT Donald Becker (CFC), SGT John Berguson (Armorer), CAP Jerome Blanchard (A/C),SGT Charles Lucas (CFC Spec), CPL John Paine (Elec Spec), Front Row: 1LT Jules Thompson (N), 1LT Peter Giglietta (Rad Ob), 1LT Roderick Clayton (P), TSGT Wilford Ogle (LG), 1LT Hubert Sullivan Jr. (B), PVT Thomas Gullo (Mech), 1LT Donald D. Ross (FE), SSGT Daniel Mah (RO)

Photo courtesy of Mr. John (Jack) Paine. Thanks!

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
CAP
A/C
Jerome L. Blanchard
0-740733
1LT
P
Roderick K. Clayton
0-807693
1LT
N
Jules E. Thompson
0-558299
1LT
B
Hubert J. Sullivan Jr.
0-672993
1LT
Rad Ob
Peter J. Giglietta
0-722301
1LT
FE
Donald D. Ross
0-864498
SSGT
RO
Daniel Mah
39417696
SGT
CFC
Donald K. Becker
15121486
SSGT
RG
Harold V. Barton
13059832
TSGT
LG
Wilford L. Ogle
13169488
SSGT
TG
Lee R. Bonesteele Jr.
39721805
Ground Crew
MSGT
Cr/Chief
Edward S. Ciereck
12031566
CPL
Elec Spec
John R. Paine
39586824
SGT
Mechanic
Clyde F. Lytele Jr.
33370896
PFC
Mechanic
Richard W. Hazen
31340350
SGT
Armorer
William C Clackner, Jr.
32461964
PFC
Armorer
Harry S. Vrandenburg
32855400

Crew 815 took over K-30 after Blanchard's crew left for Muroc for Lead Crew Training. They renamed her "City of Springfield" aka "JANIE" and completed just 9 missions before the war was over. This was the 458th's first replacement crew. Here they are, Back Row L to R: SSGT Andrew Comek (FE) Elmer Bullerdick (RO), SGT John Hilding (CFC), SGT Paul Zilla (LG), SGT Gardy Weber (RG), SGT Vincent Sammaritano (TG) Front Row: 2LT Paul Brock(B), 1LT Robert Yoemans (P), CAP Robert McDonald (A/C), CAP Earl Calk Jr. (N), Pete Peterson (Rad Ob)

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
Comments
CAP
A/C
Robert F. McDonald
0-660072
 
1LT
P
Robert E. Yoemans
0-1639844
 
CAP
N
Earl J. Calk, Jr.
0-434034
 
2LT
B
Albert J. Brofft
0-1057368
 
2LT
Rad Ob
Charles Peterson
0-2076720
 
SSGT
FE
Andrew Comek
6667895
 
SGT
RO
Elmer O. Bullerdick
17071821
 
SGT
CFC
John R Hilding
11104785
 
SGT
RG
Gardy M. Weber
16118784
 
SGT
LG
Paul J. Zilla
33713542
 
SGT
TG
Vincent J. Sammaritano
33808143
 
Ground Crew
MSGT
Cr/Chief
Edward S. Ciereck
12031566
 
CPL
Ground
John R. Paine
39586824
 
SGT
Ground
Clyde F. Lytele Jr.
33370896
 
PFC
Ground
Richard W. Hazen
31340350
 

Crew 814 of K-31 (42-93908) "City of Cedar Rapids, IO " aka "IDA LOU" aka "Battlin Bulldozer". This crew flew 25 missions over the Empire. The photo below was taken August 1945. Front Row, L to R: SSGT Eldred Folwell (TG), SSGT Arthur Mecker (RO), SSGT Robert Billings (LG), SSGT Leon Rondeau (RG) Back: MSGT Clarence Skrutvold (FE), TSGT Joseph Malley (CFC), 1LT Raymond Reasoner (B), 2LT Thomas Southerington (Rad Ob), FO Leslie Fels (N), 1LT Raymond Beason (P), CAP Duwayne Baker (A/C)

Special thanks to Mr. Jim Fels for the photo Crew 814 received the DFC and multiple Air Medals. LG Bob Billings has half a fighter kill along with the TG Eldred Folwell..., neither one claims which half. Mr. Billings is now the Treasurer of the 330th BG Association. Also, one of the original 458th's Here they are receiving one of several Air Medals, L to R: CAP Duwayne Baker (A/C), 1LT Raymond Beason (P), 1LT Raymond Reasoner (B), FO Leslie Fels (N), FO Frank Rose (Rad Ob), MSGT Clarence Skrutvold (FE), TSGT Joseph Malley (CFC), SSGT Arthur Mecker (RO), SSGT Leon Rondeau (RG), SSGT Robert Billings (LG), SSGT Eldred Folwell (TG)

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
Comments
CAP
A/C
Duwayne B. Baker
0-748317
 
1LT
P
Raymond C. Beason
0-685178
 
FO
N
Leslie R. Fels
T-131822
 
1LT
B
Raymond G. Reasoner
0-747058
 
FO
Rad Ob
Frank J. Rose
T-127652
 
MSGT
FE
Clarence A. Skrutvold
17026619
 
SSGT
RO
Arthur A. Mecker
37415261
 
TSGT
CFC
Joseph W. Malley
11112338
 
SSGT
RG
Leon J. Rondeau
31408784
 
SSGT
LG
Robert A. Billings
31379277
 
SSGT
TG
Eldred E. Folwell
19005140
 
Ground Crew
TSGT
Cr/Chief
Clifford G. Evenden
32025788
 
SGT
Ground
Robert J. Blackwell
34806478
 
SGT
Ground
Wayne N. Chinneck
36577240
 
SSGT
Ground
Phillip S. Desposito
32317584
 

Crew 809 of "Colleen" (K-32 SN: 42-93955). According to Don Murray, the photo was taken at Walker Army Air Field in Kansas in late February, '45. Just prior to Crwe 809's departure for Guam. "I was just out of the hospital and no longer on the crew, but they wanted me in the photo anyway. A touching gesture of friendship". Little did Don Murray know that this would be one of the last times he would ever see his crew again. This crew sadly was lost on 22 Jun 1945. Front Row, L to R: CPL Richard Morel (LG), CPL Donald Olson (TG), CPL Elmer Kalman (RG), TSGT Luther Justice (FE), CPL Donald Murray (RG) (part of original crew but replaced because of surgery prior to departure for Guam) SGT Henry Mathis (CFC) PFC Ralph Dugan (RO) Back: 2LT Leslie Evans, Jr. (Rad Ob) 2LT Gordon Kimball (N), 1LT Carl Bauer (A/C), 2LT Thomas Gwyn (B) and 2LT James Gilbert (P).

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
Comments
CAP
A/C
Carl R. Bauer
0-668384
 
1LT
P
James D. Gilbert
0-797987
 
2LT
N
Gorden E. Kimball
0-558303
 
1LT
B
Jett W. Foster
0-741152
 
2LT
Rad Ob
Leslie A. Evans, Jr.
0-556152
 
MSGT
FE
Luther M. Justice
14048491
 
SGT
RO
Ralph W. Dugan
37619249
 
1LT
CFC
Wallace F. Howard
0-870971
 
SSGT
CFC
Henry G. Mathis
39914905
 
SGT
RG
Richard A. Morel
42070940
 
SGT
LG
Elmer Kalman
31335530
 
SGT
TG
Donald A. Olson
16192118
 
Ground Crew
TSGT
Cr/Chief
Alfred L. Springs
37199650
 
CPL
Ground
Owen W. Rauch
36439914
 
SGT
Ground
Richard R. Lamm
39412027
 

They were on what was to be their 13th Mission (Lucky Thirteen). They took off at 0210 Guam time. Their target was to be Tamashima. Minutes into flight the No. 1 engine overheated. Shortly after that the decision was made to feather and abort the mission. All bombs were salvoed in the ocean. The A/C, Carl R. Bauer asked for landing instructions at about 0315 and began to let down. The tower called for landing on the South Runway, but K-32 lined up on North Runway instead. Simultaneously, a heavy squall hit the island. About halfway down on their final approach and perhaps 100 feet above the field, the aircraft made a sudden turn left, evidently to try a go around. The aircraft never completed the full turn and stalled out above the cliff's edge near the radar antennas and went over. She crashed and burned 500 feet below. The only survivor was Lt. Wallace Howard, the 458th Squadron Gunnery Officer who replaced SGT Henry Mathis (CFC) on that one mission. Howard was riding in the TG position and was able to crawl out before the aircraft was engulfed in flames. In hind sight, the crash investigation committee recommended that in the future, any B-29 aircraft capable of remaining aloft on less than four engines should remain aloft until daylight and under no circumstances attempt a night landing. MACR # 14915. Plane was found in 1997 and the wreck was historically documented in 2002.

Thought you would like to know that final IDs of all members of K-32's crew who died on 6/22/45 crash have been completed and they were interned at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, May 20th, 2003.


Crew 815 were the second crew to have K-32 on their aircraft. The SN (44-69887) and the name changed, "City of Niagra Falls" aka "Knipp's vs. Nips" but the spirit was still there. This crew completed 25 missions and were awarded multiple DFC's, one for the Kobe mission and multiple Air Medals. Also part of the original 458th to come over. Here they are in all their glory. Front Row Kneeling L to R: SSGT James Hawkins (RG), 1LT Jack Rodin (N), CAP Richard Knipp (A/C), 1LT Jack Schade (P), Back Row: SSGT James Baskins (LG), SGT Francis Cichocki (TG), TSGT Harold Sams (CFC), 2LT Irwin Blocker (Rad Ob), MAJ Elmer Ambrose (Squad Commander), MSGT George Leslie (FE), CAP Nathaniel Frank (?). Not pictured: 1LT William Dolan (B), SSGT Joselph Rogocki (RO)

Here they are being debriefed by CAP Nathaniel Frank (458th Intelligence) and MAJ Elmer Ambrose (458th CO) regarding fighter attacks.

[Special thanks to Mr. Jack Rodin (N) for the photo and invaluable support and information]

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
CAP
A/C
Richard F. Knipp
0-730136
1LT
P
Jack B. Schade
0-780733
1LT
N
Jack Rodin
0-2062702
1LT
B
William G. Dolan
0-690850
2LT
Rad Ob
Irwin A. Blocker
0-2068936
MSGT
FE
George L. Leslie
37119510
SSGT
RO
Joselph Rogocki
13200050
TSGT
CFC
Harold K. Sams
35758200
SSGT
LG
James L. Baskins
33712080
SSGT
RG
James H. Hawkins
34811118
SGT
TG
Francis Cichocki
12241393
Ground Crew
MSGT
Cr/Chief
Charles A. Logue
16027583
SSGT
Ground
Oscar W. Libby
31052227
CPL
Ground
Stephen Guzik
31271187
CPL
Ground
John F. Matrangoli
13168034
TSGT
Ground
Valentine W. Mechler
32222787

Here is the same crew prior to departure for Guam. Taken in Jan 1945 at Walker, KS. Thanks to Jack Rodin (N) for the photo!


Crew 802 of K-33 (SN 44-69814), "City of Indianapolis" aka "Mary Kathleen". This group originally flew 12 missions on K-28, but then were assigned their own aircraft. They then flew an additional 14 missions for a total of 26. Front row, L to R: SSGT Donald Masterson (RO), TSGT William Tracy Jr. (CFC), SSGT Floyd Jones (LG), SSGT Roger Jobin (RG), SGT Frederick Janik (TG), Back Row: CAP Frederic Rice Jr. (A/C), 1LT Robert Adams (FE), 1LT Joseph Leo (N), 1LT Donald Wilkinson (P), 2LT Bernard McKean (B), FO Stanley Cach (Rad Ob). 2LT Milton Lewis (B) was replaced by McKeane later in the campaign. On their last mission this aircraft ended up making a 2 engine landing on Iwo Jima. Nice way to end the war. Part of the original 458th! For a great story on this crew click here!

A/C Rice (far left) is holding up his daughter's baby shoes that are talked about in the above article.

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
CAP
A/C
Frederic A. Rice Jr.
0-793845
1LT
Pilot
Donald E. Wilkinson
0-774844
1LT
N
Joseph E. Leo
0-2062680
2LT
B
Milton Lewis (Leibowitz)
0-1054666
FO
Rad Ob
Stanley A. Cach
T-131528
1LT
FE
Robert H. Adams
0-870326
SSGT
RO
Donald G. Masterson
37505366
TSGT
CFC
William P. Tracy Jr.
37347000
SSGT
RG
Roger F. Jobin
31381431
SSGT
LG
Floyd E. Jones
36898156
SGT
TG
Frederick J. Janik
31350019
Ground Crew
TSGT
Cr/Chief
William G. Jones
34214405
SSGT
Ground
Marion M. Freeman
16030024
SGT
Ground
Michael Zarella
32608968
SGT
Ground
George J. Kelly
33733948

Crew 802


Crew 811 of K-35 (44-69997). Part of the original 458th to come over as well. "City of Spanish Fork" aka "Heavenly Body". This crew was A/C'd by Foster Huff and they completed 20 missions and awarded multiple Air Medals. Here they are, looks like on leave somewhere? (That is not Guam, and it is not Wallker). Back Row L to R: MSGT Robert Pounds (FE), 2LT Leon Hogg (N), 1LT Willard Twyman (Rad Ob), 1LT James Howell (B), 1LT Richard Buck, 1LT Foster Huff (A/C) (P) Front Row: SSGT Norman Brown (RG), SSG Robert Meyers (RO), SSGT James Box (LG), SGT James Burke (TG), TSGT Kahl Monahan (CFC)

Position
Rank
First
Last
SN
A/C
1LT
Foster B. Huff
0-683707
Pilot
1LT
Richard W. Buck
0-779052
N
2LT
Leon D. Hogg
0-2065064
B
1LT
James P. Howell
0-685471
Rad Ob
1LT
Willard N. Twyman
0-2068802
FE
MSGT
Robert D. Pounds
14002562
RO
SSGT
Robert D. Meyers
17143388
CFC
TSGT
Kahl A. Monahan
38695487
RG
SSGT
Norman R. Brown
37013657
LG
SSGT
James R. Box
14147611
TG
SGT
James E. Burke
33897388
Ground Crew
Cr/Chief
SSGT
Virlon Voth
17028640
Ground
SSGT
Francis P. Cetta
12159994
Ground
SGT
Walter J. Wells
33293784
Ground
SGT
Donald E. Morse
31321338

Crew 805, mainly flew, K-36 (SN: 42-94052) "City of Terre Haute" aka "Star Dust" . Crew flew 31 Missions. Also part of the original 458th.

Photo courtesy of Roy Hild (P) on K-36

Position
Rank
First
Last
SN
A/C
1LT
Earl W. Myers
0667539
P
2LT
Roy C. Hild
0781311
N
2LT
Ruddell Reed Jr.
02063756
B
2LT
Charles R. Fox
0785451
Rad Ob
1LT
Clyde W. Brown Jr.
02068831
FE
MSGT
James D. Webb
13044261
RO
SSGT
Russell L. Lawson
36480267
CFC
TSGT
Louis R. Ormsby
3733578
RG
SSGT
Sheldon F. Pond
11139247
LG
SSGT
Robert E. Miller
16188640
TG
SGT
Philip Pecuch
33613826
Ground Crew
Cr/Chief
SSGT
George L Hartman
38151438
Ground
CPL
Henry R. Woodyard
36435628
Ground
CPL
Louis V. Perea
38351666

Photo of Charles R. Fox (B) on K-36


Crew ??? "City of Osceola, Ak" aka "Behren's Brood" (K-37 SN: 42-93995) This crew experienced and extraordinary mission on 1 June 1945 over Osaka. The A/C CAP Arthur Behren's was killed instantly by a direct flak hit to the port side of the aircraft. The co-pilot 1LT Robert Woliver nursed the aircraft back to Iwo Jima where the remaining crew was able to bail out safely. Please see this link for an angle of the story as told by the P-61 Blackwidow side. Left to right: Top row: SGT Jack Engel (RO), SGT James Cipolla (TG), MSGT Charles Whitehead (FE), SGT John Berguson (LG), SGT Joseph Celardo(RG), SGT Herbert Corbly (CFC) Bottom row: FO Wallace Mussallem (Rad Ob), 2LT Robert Fast (N), CAP Arthur Behrens (A/C), 1LT John Logerot (B), 1LT Merrill Addison (P )(he was replaced by Robert Woliver after photo was taken)

Position
Rank
First
Last
SN
Comments
A/C
CAP
Arthur Behrens
0-789864
 
P
1LT
Robert M. Woliver
0-781489
Distinguished Service Cross
N
2LT
Robert L. Fast
0-2068639
 
B
1LT
John L. Logerot
0-706760
Awarded Silver Star
Rad Ob
FO
Wallace Mussallem
T-134967
 
FE
MSGT
Charles D. Whitehead
7003528
 
RO
SGT
Jack Engelsher
32882441
 
CFC
SGT
Herbert E. Corbly
15327075
 
RG
SGT
Joseph E. Celardo
32991053
 
LG
SGT
John R. Berguson
33610445
 
TG
SGT
James Cipolla
31426959
 
Ground Crew
Cr/Chief
MSGT
Burnice W. Critz
18039708
 
Ground
SGT
Orval Schmidt
37231656
 
Ground
CPL
William B. Preece
18231545
 
Ground
SGT
Orville E. Rauch
36439928
 
Ground
SSGT
Robert J. Tierney
31174603
 

SGT John Berguson (LG) and SGT Herbert Corbly (CFC) standing in front of their Quonset Hut. Looks like Berguson just got back from a nice cool shower.


Picture taken in 1987. L to R Back row, SGT Jack Engle (RO), SGT James Cipolla (TG), MSGT Charles Whitehead (FE), SGT John Berguson (LG), SGT Joe Cleardo (LG), STG Herb Corbly (CFC). Front Row: FO Wallace Mussallem (Rad Ob), 1LT Robert Fast (N), 1LT John Logerot (B), 1LT Robert Woliver (P),


Crew ??? - K-37 (42-93996). "Rebel's Roost" This is the 2nd crew for this aircraft K#. This one was headed by 1LT Crimmins and commanded his crew through 18 missions and multiple Air Medals. Here they are on Gaum, Front Row, L to R: TSGT Eugene Clark Jr. (CFC), SSGT John Kennedy (RG), SGT Charles Brown (TG), SSGT Robert Hughes (LG), SSGT Bart Pearce (RO), TSGT Orus Duncan (FE) Back Row: 2LT Neil McTaggart (B), 2LT Alexander Veech Jr.(P), 1LT Adrian Crimmins (A/C), FO Warren Stecker (N), 2LT Donald Olson (Rad Ob).

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
1LT
A/C
Adrian B. Crimmins
0-492763
2LT
P
Alexander B. Veech Jr.
0-836195
FO
N
Warren E. Stecker
T-139056
2LT
B
Neil E. McTaggart
0-2075438
2LT
Rad Ob
Donald R. Olson
0-2076709
TSGT
FE
Orus C. Duncan
38112943
SSGT
RO
Bart W. Pearce
38506133
TSGT
CFC
Eugene R. Clark Jr.
14202841
SSGT
RG
John J. Kennedy
11138964
SSGT
LG
Robert W. Hughes
34928065
SGT
TG
Charles C. Brown
34332476
Ground Crew
MSGT
Cr/Chief
Burnice W. Critz
18039708
SGT
Ground
Orval Schmidt
37231656

Back Row L to R; SSGT John Kennedy (RG), TSGT Eugene Clark, Jr. (CFC), FO Warren Stecker (N ), 2LT Donald Olson (Rad Ob) Front L to R; SGT Charles Brown (TG), TSGT Orus Duncan (FE), SSGT Bart Pearce (RO).


Crew 810 - K-38 (44-69995) "City of Knoxville" aka "Ernie Pyle" completed 21 missions and multiple Air Medals. Here is the crew in Kansas. Front Row (L to R): FO Clinton Bailey Jr.(B), 1LT Robert Grady (Rad Ob), 2LT David Wohlgamuth (N), 2LT Donald Dubbins (P), 1LT James Walker (A/C) Back Row: SSGT Robert Reynolds (RO), TSGT Lauren McKenzie (CFC), SSGT William Millar (LG), SGT John Bauer (TG), MSGT Roy Jordan (FE), SSGT Carl Apostol (RG).

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
1LT
A/C
James W. Walker
0-742036
2LT
P
Donald G. Dubbins
0-780549
2LT
N
David A. Wohlgamuth
0-2068818
FO
B
Clinton J. Bailey Jr.
T-187726
1LT
Rad Ob
Robert C. Grady
0-207009
FO
FE
Roy F. Jordan
T-225228
SSGT
RO
Robert W. Reynolds
15375552
TSGT
CFC
Lauren J. McKenzie
37347783
SSGT
RG
Carl Apostol
37620892
SSGT
LG
William Millar
42065056
SGT
TG
John W. Bauer
36594603
Ground Crew
SSGT
Cr/Chief
Vincent J. Oblocki
35303618
MSGT
Ground
Charles J. Chara
32005628

As promised here is the first of many photos sent by Virginia Jordan! This is 2LT Donald Dubbins (P) at his post.

 

Here is one of her husband MSGT Roy Jordan (FE) at his post as well. He looks about 14, but I imagine he was all of 19.


Here is Crew 810 being awarded the first of several Air Medals. Jordan stated on the back of this photo that a "a rough looking bunch, we had just received our Air Medal and it had been raining, we are wet to the skin" They are:Front Row (L to R): 1LT James Walker (A/C), 2LT Donald Dubbins (P), 2LT David Wohlgamuth (N), FO Clinton Bailey Jr.(B), 1LT Robert Grady (Rad Ob), MSGT Roy Jordan (FE), TSGT Lauren McKenzie (CFC), SSGT Robert Reynolds (RO), SSGT Carl Apostol (RG), SSGT William Millar (LG), SGT John Bauer (TG),

Life at Walker

Here are 1LT Robert Grady (Rad Ob),L, and MSGT Roy Jordan (FE) in front of their brand new B-29.

 

 

Here is part of Crew 810 prior to shipping out to Guam. Back Row: Biar, MSGT Roy Jordan (FE), 1LT Robert Grady (Rad Ob) Front Row: "Pop", SSGT Carl Apostol (RG), SSGT William Millar (LG), SSGT Robert Reynolds (RO)


Crew 816 - of K-39 (42-94037) "City of Hershey" aka "The Willful Witch". This crew completed 24 missions over the empire with only the LG being wounded on the May 25th mission to Tokyo. He recovered. All awarded multiple Air Medals. Here they are on a Bond Selling Tour in Harrisburg, PA on 1 November 1945. Front Row, L to R: SSGT Donald Martineau (RO), SSGT Norman R. Cassey (RG), SSGT Albert Urquhart (LG), standing: MSGT Johny Ford (FE), 1LT Robert Anderson (N), 2LT Richard Rice (Rad Ob), Clifford Readout (K-7) 1LT Richard Brown (A/C). Not pictured are: 1LT Bennet Burks Jr. (P), 1LT Thomas Stout (B), TSG Morris Fishman (CFC), SGT John Buggy (TG)

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
1LT
A/C
Richard B. Brown
0-726739
1LT
P
Bennet H. Burks Jr.
0-799322
1LT
N
Robert E. Anderson
0-2068826
1LT
B
Thomas E. Stout
0-1012611
2LT
Rad Ob
Richard N. Rice
0-2073216
MSGT
FE
Johny R. Ford
35258418
SSGT
RO
Donald P. Martineau
11108087
TSGT
CFC
Morris Fishman
33791954
SSGT
RG
Norman R. Cassey
13141757
SSGT
LG
Albert G. Urquhart
33896861
SGT
TG
John J. Buggy
33875614
Ground Crew
SSGT
Cr/Chief
Walter D. Holt
18105500
SGT
Ground
Lawrence R. Shepard
32471819
CPL
Ground
Frank D. Pompeii
13084844
SGT
Ground
Edwin W Bibee
35794100

Crew ??? of K-40 (44-70016) "City of Quaker City" aka "Sentimental Journey". This crew was headed by 1LT Lester E. Gilbert and completed 22 missions. They were awarded multiple Air Medals and the TG received the DFC on 14 September 1945. Front Row, L to R: SGT Robert Washam (TG), SSGT Norman Whipple (RG), SSGT Wencel Bohr (LG), MSGT William Prim (FE), SSGT Joseph Le Bon (RO), MSGT Theodore Lewis Jr. (CFC) Back Row: 2LT Kenneth Hurley (N), 2LT Orley Van Dyke (B), 1LT Lester Gilbert (A/C), 2LT Jonas Carpenter (Rad Ob), FO Lawrence Bennet (P)

You can visit this aircraft in person at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
1LT
A/C
Lester E. Gilbert
0-810862
FO
P
Lawrence C. Bennett
T-6680
2LT
N
Kenneth D. Hurley
0-2078997
2LT
B
Orley W. Van Dyke
0-931697
2LT
Rad Ob
Jonas H. Carpenter
0-2073047
MSGT
FE
William T. Prim
16027914
SSGT
RO
Joseph W. Le Bon
33795624
MSGT
CFC
Theodore A. Lewis Jr.
13190830
SSGT
RG
Norman A. Whipple
31340579
SSGT
LG
Wencel J. Bohr
16108032
SGT
TG
Robert W. Washam
33802093
Ground Crew
TSGT
Cr/Chief
Harry L. Temple
7022033
SGT
Ground James B. Keith
14046742
SGT
Ground Joe L Bradley
34711360
CPL
Ground
James T. Bradberry
34356206
CPL
Ground Wilber V. Egleston
15195876
Armorer's
SSGT
Armorer
Theodore S. Rutkowski
36528329
CPL
Armorer Francis J. D'Amato
32983146
CPL
Armorer George L. Striebing
35912533

Crew ???. Mainly flew K-41 (44-70010), "City of Pacific Palisades, CA". Standing (L-R): FO Robert Roast (P), CAP Charles Morris (N), MAJ John Vick (A/C), 1LT Donald Martin (B), 1LT Allen M. Cohen (Rad Ob) Kneeling (L-R): CPL Floyd Griffith (RO), CPL Harvey Delles (TG), CPL Walter Pride (CFC), SGT Peter Orsini (FE), CPL Dene Miller (RG), SSGT William R. Shaver (LG) Not pictured: 1LT Frank Rose (Rad Nav) (replaced 1LT Cohen), CPL David Phillips (TG) (replaced CPL Delles). The crew flew 19 missions and were awarded numerous Air Medals.

This B-29 had a runaway prop on 16 May mission to Nagoya. Here is the recount by the A/C, Vick: "We had a runaway prop on the #2 engine. Couldn't feather it. The vibration got so bad I lost control of the aircraft several times. Then we had an engine fire. I gave the order to bailout. All crewmembers in the rear bailed out. All chutes were seen to open. All crewmembers survived and were picked up by Navy ships except for 2LT Cohen. In an attempt to circle back to bailout those in the front of the aircraft, the reduction gears froze and the vibration stopped. The prop free rotated. We limped into Iwo Jima with an engine fire. The aircraft should have been named 'City of Iwo Jima' as we had to stop there 4 more times. Thank God for the Marines."

Vick's crew, being a "Lead Crew", flew most of those missions (15+) as "Pathfinder" missions. His crew was responsible for leading the missions to Japan and dropping the first bombs to highlight for the others. Doing this he caught the Japanese by surprise. However following their bomb run his crew was required to fly a wide 360 degree turn and follow the last plane in and take photos of the strike. By this time the Japanese were really hot and no longer a surprised. He jokingly commented that they didn't get credit for this "second" mission.

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
MAJ
A/C
John O. Vick
0-406066
FO
P
Robert A. Roast
T-5907
CAP
N
Charles L. Morris
0-724341
1LT
B
Donald E. Martin
0-717818
2LT
Rad Ob
Allan M. *Cohen
0-2068612
MSGT
FE
Peter J. Orsini
6863824
SSGT
RO
Floyd R. Griffith
37701535
 
CFC
Walter E. *Pride  
SSGT
RG
Dane A. *Miller
16017577
SSGT
LG
William R. *Shaver
38606285
SGT
TG
Harvey H. *Delles
42094709
SGT
TG
David M. Phillips
35221751
Ground Crew
MSGT
Cr/Chief
Malcolm B. Leech
15081526
SSG
Ground
John H. Girvan
32381401

Crew 804. Mainly flew K-41 (44-70010), "City of Glen Falls, NJ" aka "Ol' Cue Ball". This crew apparently shared K-41 with Vicks crew. She was named after the Bombardier's, Talbot, home town in New Jersey. They completed 20 missions, half of them in K-41 and were awarded multiple Air Medals.

This photo graciously provided by the A/C Clyde Higginson. That is him, 2nd from the right in the front row.

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
CAP
A/C
Clyde T. Higginson
0-725727
2LT
P
Richard F. Farr
0-781536
1LT
N
Robert J. Shaffer
0-2064341
1LT
B
Arthur L. Talbot Jr.
0-386454
2LT
Rad Ob
Avedis P. Bogosian
0-2073032
MSGT
FE
John R. Hill
38471152
SSGT
RO
Jack T. Sanford
17181657
TSGT
CFC
Richard W. Houghton
39048570
SGT
RG
Robert L. Johnson
34911931
SSGT
LG
Vincent P. Jones Jr.
13174467
SSGT
TG
Edward V. Kaluzne
33682223
Ground Crew
MSGT
Cr/Chief
Malcolm B. Leech
15081526
SSGT
Ground
John H. Girvan
32381401

According to a written account from Clyde Higginson "This plane was assigned to our crew as soon as it arrived at Guam. We flew it on about 10 of our 20 missions I flew it back to Mather Field after the war with about 25 passengers in Nov. 1945. As I recall, Vick and I shared her. It was a good Seattle built plane."


Crew 820 of K-42 (42-61537) "City of BelAir, CA" aka "Round Robin". This crew flew 20 successful missions against the empire as well as being awarded several Air Medals and DFC's. Here they are;Front Row, L to R: TSGT Carlis McLeod (CFC), SGT Kenneth Vesely (TG), SSGT William W. Sellers Jr. (RG), SSGT Roy Selbee (LG), MSGT Glenn Keister (FE), SSGT Mitchell Schulich (RO), Back Row: FO John Leaf (B), FO Allison Scribner Jr.(N), 1LT Walter Ormand (A/C), 2LT Aubrey Hodge (Rad Ob), FO Herbert Wamboldt (P).

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
1LT
A/C
Walter L. Ormand
0-684402
FO
P
Herbert O. Wamboldt
T-64851
FO
N
Allison K. Scribner Jr.
T-139041
FO
B
John H. Leaf
T-136555
2LT
Rad Ob
Aubrey H. Hodge
0-886922
MSGT
FE
Glenn A. Keister
13030773
SSGT
RO
Mitchell B. Schulich
12230848
TSGT
CFC
Carlis J. McLeod
34788278
SSGT
RG
William W. Sellers Jr.
33646428
SSGT
LG
Roy E. Selbee
33646428
SGT
TG
Kenneth W. Vesely
16036111
Ground Crew
SSGT
Cr/Chief
Henry J. Hanas
35710846
SGT
Ground
John J. Ferdinand
33830434

This photo of K-42 that was provided to me by SSGT John Ferdinand's grandson, Steve Sofranek. I am in the process of cleaning up several more and will post them shortly.

Ferdinand's MOS indicates he was a Turbocharger Specialist


Crew 804 Flew K-43 (44-69799) and were shot down on their 2nd mission on 13 April 1945. The mission was to Tokyo and they were hit by flak over the target. On this mission, riding as an observer, was LTCOL Doyne L. Turner, the CO of the 458th BS. Of the twelve men riding on this plane, *10 were killed in the Tokyo Prison Fire of May 23, 1945. This is the incident where the 330th, along with several bomb groups, were on a fire mission to Tokyo and the prison was destroyed in the ensuing fire. The Japanese Prison Guards would not let the Americans out of their burning cells and the men of K-43, along with countless others, were left to perish in the flames. The guards were later convicted at the War Crimes Tribunal and executed.

MACR # 14240

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
1LT
A/C
Alpheus G. *Carle
0-690044
2LT
P
Andrew J. *Litz
0-2068700
2LT
N
William F. *Muhlenburg
0-1635147
2LT
B
John T. *Price
0-830919
2LT
Rad Ob
George J. Kruse Jr.
0-2068688
TSGT
FE
Jim W. *Verhines
19003409
SSGT
RO
Lawrence T. *Duffy
11056539
CPL
CFC
Allen I. *Morsch
17051668
CPL
RG
Darwin J. *Muller
37487206
CPL
LG
Calvin R. Raymond
42070670
PFC
TG
Edwin P. *Lund
39472408
LTCOL.
Observer
Doyne L. *Turner
0398552

Crew 586 replaced Bauer's crew that was killed on K-32. This crew arrived the afternoon after the incident. They were not assigned a particular aircraft, but instead flew 9 missions in different aircraft. Here they are pictuerd in front of K-58 "City of Medford" and "Lightning Lady". This aircraft was usually piloted by 1LT Earl Wheelock and his Crew 917. The Groves crew is front row L to R: FO Milton Heimer (Rad Ob), SGT Howard Olver (TG), SSGT John Barnes (CFC), SGT Madison Caldwell (RG), Back Row L to R: SSGT Edward Cosens (LG), TSGT Harold Cullen (FE), SGT Ernest Butterfield (RO), 2LT Charles Danek (B). FO Charles Whippy (N), FO Ralph Leftwich (P), and 1LT Paul Groves (A/C).

[Many thanks to Ralph Leftwich (P )for the photo and info]

The other aircraft were: K-35, K-39, K-40, K-58, K-41 and K-10. "We moved into the crew quarters before their personal effects had been cleared." As the Pilot, Leftwich recalls. " don't recall any conversation with the other crew members using the same quarters upon their return from the mission. We lived together until the war ended without much conversation and I do not remember any of their names. We were not a part of their many months of training in the States and could not share experiences of training, etc. We each did what we were called to do and contributed a small part in the victory. " That was an understatement to say the least!

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
1LT
A/C
Paul M. Groves
0-748400
FO
P
Ralph M. Leftwich
T-7337
FO
N
Charles G. Whippy
T-139309
2LT
B
Charles M. Danek
0-788713
FO
Rad Ob
Milton Heimer
T-126467
TSGT
FE
Harold A. Cullen
12004011
SGT
RO
Ernest E. Butterfield
12101658
SSGT
CFC
John Barnes
33884511
SGT
RG
Madison F. Caldwell
14184516
SSGT
LG
Edward L. Cosens
39618803
SGT
TG
Howard H. Olver
33904961

Crew ??? of K-26 & K-38. This crew arrived on Guam in June of 1945 as a replacement crew. They flew 8 missions, mainly in these two aircraft. On 6 Aug 1945 this crew was sent to Lead Crew Training at Muroc and never returned to Guam before the war was over.

Here is some of the crewmen pulling through the props. What a fun way to get excersize? Just eleven more turns, boys!


Here are the Gunners working on the rear bottom turret.



Here is the proud A/C, MAJ Edwin Kriemer, standing in front of K-38.

Rank
Position
First
Last
SN
MAJ
A/C
Edwin Kriemer
0-426762
1LT
P
James Stewart
0-5761107
CAP
N
Herbert J. Gall
0-446522
2LT
B
Lee H Crowder
0-2071945
2LT
Rad Ob
Melvin G Koenig
0-781892
SSGT
FE
Joseph M. Kucera
17040802
SSGT
RO
Casimir E. Dykier
36699601
SSGT
CFC
Joseph Caplan
33811058
SSGT
RG
George E. Leodakis
42005429
SGT
LG
Dwight Long
19217587
SGT
TG
Kenneth A. Lee
18221057

"Our generation is slowly passing as new ones emerge to carry on the spirit of the American people. It would be a pity to allow the memories of these boys of these planes to slip into oblivion. Please do what ever you can to honor their lives". COL Robert "Bob" Morgan "The Memphis Belle" & "Dauntless Dotty"
459th

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