458th Bombardment Group (H)

  Honoring those who served with the 458th BG during World War II

B-24H-25-FO 42-95183 Briney Marlin


Missions

BrineyMarlin-Misisons
Date  Target  Pilot 458th Msn Pilot Msn RCL Sqdn A/C Msn  Comments
08-May-44 BRUNSWICK DeNEFFE 37 20 O J4 1  
12-May-44 BOHLEN UMPHREY 40 22 O J4 2  
13-May-44 TUTOW A/F MANKER 41 18 O J4 3  
19-May-44 BRUNSWICK DeNEFFE 42 21 O J4 4  
20-May-44 RHEIMS A/D DeNEFFE 43 22 U J3 5  
25-May-44 MULHOUSE M/Y McNAMARA 47 15 U J3 6  
27-May-44 NEUNKIRCHEN MARTIN, L 48 ACC O J4 -- COLLIDED WITH 159 LOBO - RETURN HORSHAM 
11-Jun-44 BEAUVAIS BURTIS 63 ABT U J3 -- ABORT - #4 TURBO-FIRE IN ELEC SYST
15-Jun-44 GUYANCOURT QUIRK 66 2 U J3 7  
18-Jun-44 FASSBERG A/D MARTIN, L 69 2 U J3 8 MSN #1
19-Jun-44 REGNAUVILLE RUARK 72 5 U J3 9 MSN #2
20-Jun-44 OSTERMOOR WAGNER 73 4 J   10 RCL COULD BE "U"
23-Jun-44 3 NO BALLS RIGLEY 76 2 U J3 11 TGT # 6 COUBRONNE
24-Jun-44 CONCHES A/F MARTIN, L 77 3 U J3 12 MSN #1
24-Jun-44 ST OMER GIBSON, S 79 14 U J3 13 MSN #3
25-Jun-44 ST. OMER MARTIN, L 80 4 U J3 14  
28-Jun-44 SAARBRUCKEN HAUSER 81 9 U J3 15  
29-Jun-44 ASCHERSLEBEN MANKER 82 22 U J3 16  
02-Jul-44 COUBRONNE MARTIN, L 83 6 U J3 17  
06-Jul-44 KIEL MARTIN, L 85 ABT U J3 -- ABORT - #2, 3 SUPER CHG GAVE NO BOOST AT ALT 
12-Jul-44 MUNICH MARTIN, L 89 7 U J3 18 LONG DELAY
13-Jul-44 SAARBRUCKEN MARTIN, L 90 8 U J3 19 ABORT - SORTIE CREDIT #1 ENG INTERNAL FAIL
17-Jul-44 3 NO BALLS MARTIN, L 92 10 U J3 20  
18-Jul-44 TROARN MARTIN, L 93 11 U J3 21  
19-Jul-44 KEMPTEN MARTIN, L 94 12 U J3 22  
20-Jul-44 EISENACH MARTIN, L 95 13 U J3 23  
21-Jul-44 MUNICH WAGNER 96 11 U J3 24  
31-Jul-44 LUDWIGSHAFEN MARTIN, L 99 15 U J3 25  
01-Aug-44 T.O.s FRANCE MARTIN, L 100 16 U J3 26  
02-Aug-44 3 NO BALLS MARTIN, L 101 17 U J3 27  
03-Aug-44 2 NO BALLS MARTIN, L 102 18 U J3 28  
04-Aug-44 ROSTOCK MARTIN, L 103 19 M   29 RCL M??
05-Aug-44 BRUNSWICK/WAGGUM GLASS 105 5 U J3 30  
06-Aug-44 HAMBURG McARDLE 106 21 U J3 31  
15-Aug-44 VECHTA FREDERICK 114 3 U J3 32  
16-Aug-44 MAGDEBURG FREDERICK 115 4 U J3 33  
18-Aug-44 WOIPPY RUARK 116 24 U J3 34  
24-Aug-44 HANNOVER FLOYD 117 8 U J3 35  
26-Aug-44 DULMEN FLOYD 120 9 U J3 36  
27-Aug-44  FINOW BOYLE 121 20 U J3 37 MISSION CREDIT IN NOV
01-Sep-44 PFAFFENHOFFEN HOOD ABN -- U J3 -- ABANDONED - WEATHER
05-Sep-44 KARLSRUHE FLOYD 122 10 U J3 38  
08-Sep-44 KARLSRUHE FLOYD 123 11 U J3 39  
09-Sep-44 MAINZ McGOUGH 124 6 U J3 40  
10-Sep-44 ULM M/Y BOYLE 125 21 U J3 41  
11-Sep-44 MAGDEBURG HAUSER 126 31 U J3 42  
12-Sep-44 WELFORD to CLASTRES GLAGOLA TR01 -- U J3 T1 TRUCKIN' MISSION
05-Oct-44 PADERBORN FLOYD 128 13 U J3 43  
06-Oct-44 WENZENDORF PERRY 129 1 U J3 44  
07-Oct-44 MAGDEBURG FLOYD 130 14 U J3 45  
09-Oct-44 KOBLENZ EIDELSBERG 131 1 U J3 46  
14-Oct-44 COLOGNE PERRY 133 3 U J3 47  
17-Oct-44 COLOGNE BOYLE 135 25 U J3 48  
19-Oct-44 MAINZ MITCHELL 136 8 U J3 49  
26-Oct-44 MINDEN DWYRE 138 17 U Z5 50  
02-Nov-44 BIELEFELD GABRIEL 140 14 U Z5 51  
04-Nov-44 MISBURG GABRIEL 141 15 U Z5 52  
05-Nov-44 KARLSRUHE FRENCH 142 26 U Z5 53  
06-Nov-44 MINDEN KLEIN 143 13 U Z5 54  
08-Nov-44 RHEINE MASSARO 144 6 U Z5 55  
09-Nov-44 METZ AREA FRENCH 145 29 U Z5 56 SEE OPS REC - POSSIBLE ANA
10-Nov-44 HANAU A/F WILLIAMS, E  146 17 U Z5 57  
25-Nov-44 BINGEN SWARTZ 149 11 U Z5 58  
26-Nov-44 BIELEFELD SKIDMORE 150 12 U Z5 59 2BD
10-Dec-44 BINGEN GABRIEL 154 21 U Z5 60  
11-Dec-44 HANAU DAHM 155 11 U Z5 61  
12-Dec-44 HANAU MINOR 156 2 U Z5 62  
24-Dec-44 SCHONECKEN GABRIEL 157 24 U Z5 63  
25-Dec-44 PRONSFELD KLEIN 158 21 ?   64 PARTLY ILLEGIBLE
27-Dec-44 NEUNKIRCHEN BESTEN 159 20 U Z5 65  
28-Dec-44 ST. WENDEL SKIDMORE 160 17 U Z5 66  
30-Dec-44 NEUWIED KLEIN 161 23 U Z5 67  
31-Dec-44 KOBLENZ KLEIN 162 24 U Z5 68  
02-Jan-45 REMAGEN DWYRE 164 28 U Z5 69  
03-Jan-45 NEUNKIRCHEN HODGES 165 21 U Z5 70  
14-Jan-45 HALLENDORF GABRIEL 170 ABT U Z5 71 ABORT - NO DETAILS - SEE OPS RPT
16-Jan-45 MAGDEBURG EVERETT 171 7 U Z5 72  
21-Jan-45 HEILBRONN GABRIEL 173 29 U Z5 73  
28-Jan-45 DORTMUND GABRIEL 174 30 U Z5 74  
29-Jan-45 MUNSTER GABRIEL 175 31 U Z5 75  
31-Jan-45 BRUNSWICK KROGH 176 3 U Z5 76 RECALL - SORTIE CREDIT
03-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG EVERETT 177 8 U Z5 77  
06-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG EVERETT 178 9 U Z5 78  
08-Feb-45 RHEINE M/Y, OSNABRUCK  GABRIEL REC -- U Z5 -- RECALL - NEAR ENG COAST, WEATHER
09-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG GABRIEL 179 33 U Z5 79  
20-Feb-45 NUREMBURG TANK FACT EVERETT REC -- U Z5 -- RECALL - 5042N 0341E WEATHER
21-Feb-45 NUREMBERG ROSEN 185 3 U Z5 80  
22-Feb-45 PEINE-HILDESHEIM EVERETT 186 11 U Z5 81  
02-Mar-45 MAGDEBURG EVERETT 194 16 U Z5 82  
03-Mar-45 NIENBURG BOUCEK 195 30 U Z5 83 REPLACED 273
04-Mar-45 STUTTGART EVERETT 196 NTO U Z5 -- NO TAKE OFF - NO REASON GIVEN
08-Mar-45 DILLENBURG HODGES 199 35 U Z5 84  
09-Mar-45 OSNABRUCK HOLTZ 200 1 U Z5 85  
10-Mar-45 ARNSBURG EVERETT 201 18 U Z5 86  
12-Mar-45 FRIEDBURG EVERETT 202 19 U Z5 87  
15-Mar-45 ZOSSEN EVERETT 204 20 U Z5 88  
17-Mar-45 HANNOVER EVERETT 205 21 U Z5 89  
18-Mar-45 BERLIN WELCH 206 2 U Z5 90  
19-Mar-45 LEIPHEIM EVERETT 207 22 U Z5 91  
21-Mar-45 HESEPE EVERETT 209 23 U Z5 92  
24-Mar-45 KIRKOFF EVERETT 213 25 U Z5 93  
25-Mar-45 HITZACKER SANDERS 214 WTHR U Z5 -- WEATHER SHIP - 754
30-Mar-45 WILHELMSHAVEN SNYDER 215 5 U Z5 94  
31-Mar-45 BRUNSWICK DANIEL 216 7 U Z5 95  
02-Apr-45 TIRSTROP EVERETT ABN -- U Z5 -- ABANDONED
04-Apr-45 PERLEBERG EVERETT 217 26 U Z5 96  
05-Apr-45 PLAUEN EVERETT 218 27 U Z5 97  
06-Apr-45 HALLE SNYDER 219 6 U Z5 98  
11-Apr-45 REGENSBURG SANDERS 224 13 U Z5 99  
14-Apr-45 POINTE DE GRAVE WELCH 225 12 U Z5 100  
15-Apr-45 ROYAN AREA MINOR 226 31 U Z5 101  
16-Apr-45 LANDSHUT WALLIS 227 20 U Z5 102


Incident - May 27, 1944

Crew 74 (pilot Curt Vogel) was assigned B-24H 42-95159 and named it Rough Riders II.  They were able to complete four missions in this aircraft, but before they could apply the name and nose art, the ship was lost when another crew took it for a mission to Neunkirchen.  On this day, May 27, 1944, the group was assembling over Cromer and had just completed a left turn and were making a right turn when the pilot of #159, 2Lt Howard Lobo, either did not or could not complete the turn rapidly enough and collided with another B-24 42-95183 of the 755th squadron, Briney Marlin piloted by 2Lt Lester C. Martin of Crew 71R.  The impact tore the entire tail assembly from #159 and that aircraft was last seen spinning down into the under cast about five miles offshore into the North Sea.  All ten men aboard were listed as MIA and later declared dead.  Two bodies were recovered after washing ashore - those of the navigator and bombardier.  This was their first mission.


Aboard Briney Marlin (#183) that day, as a fill in top turret gunner/flight engineer, was S/Sgt Chester R. Carlstrum, the tail gunner on Crew 74 (he was also qualified as a flight engineer).  When the collision occurred, Martin rang the bail out bell.  Carlstrum dropped down and opened the bomb bay and salvoed the bomb load.  He then bailed out through the bomb bay.  The tail gunner S/Sgt Wilbert Abshire, also a fill in crewman that day from Crew 75, bailed out from the tail section.  In the few seconds between collision and the two men bailing out, the ship had lost several thousand feet of altitude.  Martin was able to regain control and he rescinded his bail out order.  The impact had bent about 6-8 feet of the right wing of Briney Marlin down at a 90° angle (photo).  They radioed the control tower at Horsham and asked for instructions.  Colonel Isbell took off in Ginny, the group's P-47, in order to look over the B-24 from the air. He ordered Martin to point the aircraft out to sea and bail the crew out.  Martin decided he had enough control and decided instead, to attempt a landing at base.  Keeping the airspeed high, they were able to land without further incident.  As they were over the North Sea when the accident happened, Carlstrum and Abshire were never found, and presumably drowned in the English Channel.


Both men are listed at Cambridge on the Tablets of the Missing.  The rest of Crew 74 did not fly that day.  Carlstrum was on his 25th mission, and Abshire had about 27 missions in.  Les Martin gives a lot of credit to Carlstrum for saving the plane that day.  His quick action in releasing the bomb load is believed to have been one of the factors that helped Martin regain control of the aircraft.


See more under the Stories page - Collision Over Cromer


Disposition

B-24H-25 FO 42-95183               O          J4 (753) BRINEY MARLIN

            NMF                             U          J3 (755)

                                                U          Z5 (754)

Flown into Valley, Anglesey, Wales, by a replacement crew under Movement Order dated 15 Apr 44 - crew and aircraft separated on arrival, the crew going to 445th BG.

Lead aircraft.

Transferred from 753rd BS to 755th BS between 19 & 24 May 44 and from 755th BS to 754th BS between 19 & 30 Oct 44.

Collided in mid-air with 42-95159 on 27 May 44 five miles off Cromer during assembly but was able to return to base. (Neunkirchen)

It had completed 100 missions on VE-Day.

RZI?


(Courtesy: Tom Brittan)