B-24H-15-CF 41-29342 J3 S Rough Riders
|Date||Target||Pilot||458th Msn||Pilot Msn||RCL||Sqdn||A/C Msn||Comments|
|06-Mar-44||BERLIN/GENSHAGEN||VOGEL||4||NTO||S||J3||--||NO TAKE OFF - REASON UNK|
|05-May-44||SOTTEVAST||VOGEL||35||NTO||S||J3||--||NO TAKE OFF - REASON UNK|
|10-May-44||DIEPHOLZ||VOGEL||REC||--||S||J3||--||RECALL BEFORE EC|
|12-May-44||BOHLEN||VOGEL||40||20||S||J3||20||ABORT - SORTIE LAND MANSTON|
|21-Jun-44||BERLIN||RIGLEY||75||1||S||J3||25||ABORT - SORTIE CREDIT|
|11-Jul-44||MUNICH||QUIRK||88||ABT||S||J3||--||GAS LEAK TOKYO TANK|
|13-Jul-44||SAARBRUCKEN||McCARTHY||90||ABT||S||J3||--||PILOT RPT GAS LEAK #4 ENG|
|17-Jul-44||3 NO BALLS||RUARK||92||14||S||J3||31|
|25-Jul-44||ST. LO AREA "B"||BLUM||98||6||S||J3||34|
|03-Aug-44||2 NO BALLS||FRENCH||102||15||S||J3||35|
|07-Aug-44||GHENT||DWYRE||107||6||S||J3||38||PHOTO - Harold Armstrong|
|27-Aug-44||FINOW||KLEIN||121||3||S||J3||44||MISSION CREDIT IN NOV|
|08-Sep-44||KARLSRUHE||STONEBURNER||123||ABT||S||J3||--||ABORT - RADIO COMPASS INOP|
|09-Sep-44||MAINZ||STONEBURNER||124||FTR||S||J3||46||ENGINE TROUBLE GERMANY|
They finally arrived at Horsham St. Faith and the home of the 458th on February 9, 1944.
After a number of training flights the 458th flew two diversionary missions to the Dutch coast on February 24th and 25th in support of “Big Week”. The first combat mission for the group occurred on March 2, 1944 with a mission to Frankfurt. Vogel and crew flew their first mission on March 5th to Bordeaux, France.
Crew 74 flew a total of eleven missions in #342 S, the last one occurring on May 12, 1944. The mission was to bomb a synthetic oil refinery near Bohlen, Germany. At 20,000 feet and about five minutes from the target, the number three engine on Rough Riders suddenly lost power. The engine was feathered and since the situation was not that dire, it was decided to continue with the formation, albeit with considerable unease. After a very short time, the oil pressure dropped on number two engine and it also had to be feathered. As things were getting a bit more hectic, the pilot asked the navigator, “Which is closest, England or Switzerland.” After a moment the reply came over the intercom, “England.” [Co-pilot, Al Hilborn recalled that the crew accused Sam Scorza of having a date that night and that’s why he said England. Curt Vogel, many years later, looked at a map and determined that England was indeed closer than Switzerland at the point of their turning back. He said that Sam did in fact have a date, and was able to keep it.]
On September 9, 1944, on Rough Riders’ 46th and last mission, the aircraft was abandoned near Trier, Germany due to mechanical failure of at least two engines, the prop on number two failed to feather and ran away, threatening to come off.
Flown on this date by the crew of 2Lt Paul Stoneburner, seven of the crew evaded capture and were returned to duty while two of gunners were made prisoner of war.
B-24H-15 CF 41-29342 S J3 (755) ROUGH RIDERS / THE MAN FROM DOWN UNDER / SKIPPER
Original aircraft. One of 30 B-24s listed on Movement Orders dated 30 Dec 43.
The name THE MAN FROM DOWN UNDER appears above the ball turret and is accompanied by pictures of a boy and girl saying, respectively, “YooHoo Potts” and “Awww go away”.
The name SKIPPER with the picture of a girl saying “Ohhh” is on the other side of the waist of this aircraft.
Landed on the 16 Mar 44 mission at Friston where it was repaired 17 Mar - 11 Apr 44 - # 1 engine, main landing gear tyre.
Emergency landing on 12 May 44 at Manston, Kent, where it was repaired 15 May - 7 Jun 44 - # 3 engine.
Lost 9 Sep 44 – shot down near Koblenz. (Mainz) (MACR 8610)
Individual Aircraft Record Card (IARC)
(Courtesy: Tom Brittan)