458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

B-24H-15-CF 41-29340 7V N  Yankee Buzz Bomb

Horsham hardstand: Yankee Buzz Bomb pictured in mid-May 1944

An original group aircraft assigned to the 752nd Squadron, Yankee Buzz Bomb was with the group from March 1944 through April 1945.  During that time the aircraft amassed over 80 combat missions, survived an emergency landing in a beet field and had its olive drab coat of paint stripped down to the natural metal finish. Some sources cite this aircraft crashing in Scotland on its return home after the war, but no information can be found to support this.  The crew of Lt Edward L. Holmgren, had two interesting combat flights on this aircraft.  After the war, Ed Holmgren wrote accounts of these two missions that can be found on the Stories page here.


Missions

YankeeBuzzBombMissions
 Date  Target  Pilot  458th Msn  Pilot Msn  RCL  Sqdn  A/C Msn  Comments
18-Mar-44 FRIEDRICHSHAFEN DAVIS 9 2 N 7V 1  
09-Apr-44 TUTOW A/F GULICK 18 NTO N 7V -- NO TAKE OFF - UTG OXY LEAK
10-Apr-44 BOURGES A/F GULICK 19 6 N 7V 2  
11-Apr-44 OSCHERSLEBEN GULICK 20 7 N 7V 3  
12-Apr-44 OSCHERSLEBEN GULICK REC NTO N 7V -- NO TAKE OFF - RECALL
13-Apr-44 LECHFELD A/F GULICK 21 8 N 7V 4  
18-Apr-44 BRANDENBURG DAVIS 22 11 N 7V 5  
19-Apr-44 PADERBORN A/F NEDROW 23 6 N 7V 6  
20-Apr-44 SIRACOURT GULICK 24 9 N 7V 7  
22-Apr-44 HAMM M/Y GULICK 25 10 N 7V 8  
24-Apr-44 LEIPHEIM A/F GULICK 26 NTO N 7V -- NO TAKE OFF - BOMB DOOR HANG OPEN
25-Apr-44 MANNHEIM A/F GULICK 27 ABT N 7V -- ABORT - CP ILL, LAND AT AROS COVE
26-Apr-44 PADERBORN A/F GULICK 28 11 N 7V 9  
27-Apr-44 BONNIERES McCOLLOUGH 29 13 N 7V 10 GULICK CROSSED OUT
29-Apr-44 BERLIN GULICK 31 13 N 7V 11  
01-May-44 LIEGE M/Y ZIMMERMAN 33 12 N 7V 12  
04-May-44 BRUNSWICK/WAGGUM NYMAN 34 13 N 7V 13  
05-May-44 SOTTEVAST GULICK 35 14 N 7V 14  
08-May-44 BRUNSWICK GULICK 37 16 N 7V 15  
09-May-44 ST. TROND GULICK 38 17 N 7V 16  
10-May-44 DIEPHOLZ GULICK REC -- N 7V -- RECALL BEFORE ENEMY COAST
11-May-44 EPINAL GULICK 39 18 N 7V 17  
13-May-44 TUTOW A/F GULICK 41 19 N 7V 18  
19-May-44 BRUNSWICK GULICK 42 20 N 7V 19  
28-May-44 ZEITZ URBANIAK 49 2 N 7V 20  
30-May-44 ZWISCHENAHN A/F GULICK 51 22 N 7V 22  
31-May-44 BERTRIX GULICK 52 23 N 7V 23  
02-Jun-44 STELLA/PLAGE GULICK 53 24 N 7V 24  
06-Jun-44 COASTAL AREAS GULICK 56 25 N 7V 25 MISSION #1
06-Jun-44 PONTAUBAULT GULICK 58 26 N 7V 26 MISSION #3
12-Jun-44 EVREUX/FAUVILLE GULICK 64 28 N 7V 27  
18-Jun-44 WATTEN HATHAWAY 70 11 N 7V 28 MISSION #2
19-Jun-44 REGNAUVILLE GULICK 72 30 N 7V 29 MISSION #2
28-Jun-44 SAARBRUCKEN WALKER 81 10 N 7V 30  
29-Jun-44 ASCHERSLEBEN WARNER 82 12 N 7V 31  
02-Jul-44 COUBRONNE WALKER 83 11 N 7V 32  
05-Jul-44 LE COULET, BEL A/F WARNER 84 13 N 7V 33 SHOT UP BY FLAK
06-Jul-44 KIEL WALKER 85 12 N 7V 34  
12-Jul-44 MUNICH BROWN, W 89 1 N 7V 35  
13-Jul-44 SAARBRUCKEN MATZE 90 ABT N 7V -- ABORT - #2 SUPER CHG PROB
16-Jul-44 SAARBRUCKEN LOY 91 12 N 7V 36  
17-Jul-44 3 NO BALLS BROWN, W 92 3 N 7V 37  
20-Jul-44 EISENACH SULLIVAN, E 95 2 L 7V 38  
24-Jul-44 ST. LO AREA WARNER 97 19 N 7V 39  
25-Jul-44 ST. LO AREA "B" WALKER 98 19 N 7V 40  
28-Jul-44 LEIPHEIM & CREEL A/Fs GORRELL SCR -- N 7V -- BRIEFED AND SCRUBBED
31-Jul-44 LUDWIGSHAFEN WARNER 99 20 N 7V 41  
05-Aug-44 BRUNSWICK/WAGGUM HAYDON 105 28 N 7V 42  
06-Aug-44 HAMBURG GORRELL 106 ABT N 7V -- ABORT - NOT ON OPS RPT
07-Aug-44 GHENT ASH 107 9 N 7V 43  
08-Aug-44 CLASTRES WARNER 108 25 N 7V 44  
09-Aug-44 SAARBRUCKEN LEHR 109 5 N 7V 45  
11-Aug-44 STRASBOURG GIBNEY 110 6 N 7V 46  
12-Aug-44 MOURMELON NEWELL 111 24 N 7V 47  
14-Aug-44 DOLE/TAVAUX GIBNEY 113 ABT N 7V -- ABORT - GAS LEAK AUX FUEL CAP
16-Aug-44 MAGDEBURG LOY 115 26 N 7V 48  
24-Aug-44 HANNOVER HAYNES 117 6 N 7V 49  
25-Aug-44 TERTRE HAYNES 119 7 N 7V 50  
27-Aug-44 FINOW BESTEN 121 3 N 7V 51 MISSION CREDIT IN NOV
01-Sep-44 PFAFFENHOFFEN HORGAN ABN -- N 7V -- ABANDONED
09-Sep-44 MAINZ GIESEN 124 3 N 7V 52  
10-Sep-44 ULM M/Y COYLE 125 23 N 7V 53  
07-Oct-44 MAGDEBURG GRICE 130 5 N 7V 54  EMERGENCY LANDING - SOUTHREPPS
04-Dec-44 BEBRA SPRATT 152 1 N 7V 55  
24-Dec-44 SCHONECKEN HICKS 157 ABT N 7V -- ABORT - ALL 4 GENERATORS INOP
28-Dec-44 ST. WENDEL FERRIELL 160 2 N 7V 56  
01-Jan-45 KOBLENZ HICKS 163 3 N 7V 57  
02-Jan-45 REMAGEN TEBBS 164 19 N 7V 58  
08-Jan-45 STADTKYLL O'REGAN 167 1 N 7V 59  
15-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG JACKSON, WE 182 ABT N 7V -- ABORT - FUEL TRANSFER SYST OUT
16-Feb-45 OSNABRUCK LAIRD 183 3 N 7V 60  
21-Feb-45 NUREMBERG HAYNES 185 28 N 7V 61  
22-Feb-45 PEINE-HILDESHEIM JACKSON, WL 186 ABT N 7V -- ABORT - #2 TURBO
25-Feb-45 SCHWABISCH-HALL SPRATT 189 11 M 7V 62  
26-Feb-45 BERLIN JACKSON, WL 190 8 N 7V 63 GROUP 200TH MISSION
27-Feb-45 HALLE BARNHART, L 191 13 N 7V 64  
28-Feb-45 BIELEFELD BURMAN 192 12 N 7V 65  
01-Mar-45 INGOLSTADT JACKSON, WE 193 NTO N 7V -- NO TAKE OFF - NO REASON GIVEN
10-Mar-45 ARNSBURG HOLMGREN 201 2 N 7V 66  
12-Mar-45 FRIEDBURG SPRATT 202 16 N 7V 67  
15-Mar-45 ZOSSEN HOEY 204 30 N 7V 68  
17-Mar-45 HANNOVER HOLMGREN 205 3 N 7V 69  
19-Mar-45 LEIPHEIM HOLMGREN 207 4 N 7V 70  
20-Mar-45 HEMINGSTEDT LAIRD 208 13 N 7V 71  
21-Mar-45 HESEPE O'REGAN 209 16 N 7V 72  
22-Mar-45 KITZINGEN SCHUCH 210 1 N 7V 73  
24-Mar-45 KIRKOFF DENARD 213 3 N 7V 74  
04-Apr-45 PERLEBERG HOLMGREN 217 6 N 7V 75  
05-Apr-45 PLAUEN HOLMGREN 218 ABT N 7V -- ABORT - HEAVY ICE
07-Apr-45 KRUMMEL ABRAMOWITZ 220 2 N 7V 76  
08-Apr-45 UNTERSCHLAUERSBACH MARTIN, W 221 8 N 7V 77  
09-Apr-45 LECHFELD CLUTTER 222 11 N 7V 78  
10-Apr-45 RECHLIN/LARZ HOLMGREN 223 8 N 7V 79  
11-Apr-45 REGENSBURG HOLMGREN 224 9 N 7V 80  
14-Apr-45 POINTE DE GRAVE HOLMGREN 225 NTO N 7V -- NO TAKE OFF - FLAT TIRE
15-Apr-45 ROYAN AREA HOLMGREN 226 10 N 7V 81 NAPALM MISSION (PHOTO)


Incident


On 7 October, Liberator #41-29340 Yankee Buzz Bomb was in a flight of twenty-nine B-24’s over the North Sea enroute to bomb the Rothensee oil refinery at Magdeburg, Germany, when it lost two engines and turned back to England.  Then its bombs were accidentally salvoed through the bomb bay doors, setting up tremendous drag.  It reached the English coast however, and her pilot, Lt Albert H. Grice, ordered seven crewmen to bail out. He and co-pilot Clifford G. Peters and the flight engineer remained aboard to save the aircraft. They chose an emergency strip about four miles southeast of Cromer in a split second decision.  It was a narrow, level barley field running north-south with a tall power line at the north [end], a deeply eroded ditch on the south [end] and trees at either side.  But they landed safely.  The aircraft was  and flown out of this field. A tragic note to this story: one man from the crew, Sgt Edward J. Mire, was killed when his parachute failed to open.  Full story here.

First Napalm Mission

April 15, 1945: Yankee Buzz Bomb (center) about to release napalm canisters.


Many of us had heard of the new jellied gasoline bombs called Napalm, but heretofore we had never used Napalm and it was with great interest to hear that in another raid to the ROYAN AREA, the 458th would be using 75 and 85 gallon tanks of Napalm.  Word was also passed around that we would also use a number of planes carrying M-47 incendiaries.  The Napalm would be dropped first, then the incendiaries would follow.  After our successful bombing of the previous day, we were assigned another target in this area to make devastation so complete that the French forces could move in and mop up the remaining Nazis left.  MAJOR LAVELL, Asst S3, was the Command Pilot for the day, leading 27 A/C over the target area, dropping 45x75 gallon tanks and 85-gallon tanks, plus 156 M-47’s in the target area with unobserved results due to the heavy smoke from previous groups.  However, the damage wrought this day made it possible for the French to capture the entire area with little personnel loss.  It is interesting to note that there was no fighter escort furnished this day, we believe the first time in the history of the group.



458th Mission Diary - April 1945


Disposition

B-24H-15 CF 41-29340        N     7V (752)    YANKEE BUZZ-BOMB
             OD/NMF
Original aircraft.
Originally painted olive drab with neutral grey undersides but had the paint stripped off.
Repaired and serviced 8 Oct - 17 Nov 44 and flown out on a temporary runway from Southrepps where it force-landed after losing 2 engines and a bomb salvoeing accident over the North Sea caused it to turn back on the mission to Magdeburg.  Seven crew bailed out over England, one man’s chute failed to open and he was KIA.  Photo of this aircraft on first Napalm mission April 15, 1945.
Crashed in Scotland on the way back to the USA in 1945 (date unknown). [This last is unsubstantiated]

(Courtesy: Tom Brittain)