458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

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20 Comments

Reply James Oberg
9:17 AM on March 9, 2017 
My wife and I had the awesome honor of attending Fred Popper's 100th birthday recently in Lakeview, Arkansas, where he lives with his son David, now retired and fishing. More than forty five friends and relatives attended from all over the US. Fred's daughter Linda was my wife's best childhood friend growing up in Winnetka, Illinois, in the late 1950s, and he was a 'second father' to her, as they lived directly across the street. Fred is in a wheelchair but is fully alert, full of memories, and a healthy appetite. Not long ago he was able to participate in an 'Honor Flight' visit to Washington DC, which was a great pleasure for him.
Reply Melissa
10:22 AM on March 4, 2017 
I just wanted to say thank you for this wonderful website and for the work you have put in to it. I so enjoy seeing the declassfied mission information. Last year I created 3 scrapbooks (for his grandchildren) to honor my father's service in the 458th.
He was a tail gunner, and like many others did not speak about his time in the war. He did save pictures of crew members, his flight diary and even a small British flag from V day.
With the information from your website, I was able to map all of his missions, what plane he flew in and was able to create a real keepsake for our family. Thank you again for making this available- it is truly appreciated.
Reply Art Genesta
6:16 PM on February 14, 2017 
Love this site. Looking for more info on my father.
Reply JaimeCoews
11:24 AM on January 18, 2017 
Good post! I read your blog often and you always post excellent content. I posted this article on Facebook and my followers like it. Thanks for writing this!
Reply Michael Jordan
7:11 AM on November 23, 2016 
Just to complete the story of Crew 46 - Assigned 754th Squadron - October 1943 on your website: I was one of the German people doing the research after the three Liberator engines have been found in the Glindow lake. In fact, my father, which was living in a house directly at the lake shore and had seen the crash with his own eyes as a very small boy, found the engines in the lake after a fisher had told him that he always destroyed his fishing nets on an hidden obstacle at a certain spot. Some 21 feet deep a tip of one of the propellers was looking out of the mud. Only the three engines were found because in 1944 the German army had recovered all the airplanes body parts in order to get hold on the aluminum and magnesium parts since Germany at this time already lacked completely the raw materials to produce their own airplanes. So all wrecks were recovered systematically. The dead crew members were first buried at the local cemetary of the village and later, after the end of the war, recovered by US Army officers which were searching German territory for traces and graves of fallen US aircrews.
There were three engines, with propellers, found in the lake. One engine was used for spares, one engine forms now admired part of the Werder village local musem with a display of the crew history, and the third engine was given to the collection of the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin http://www.sdtb.de/Englisch.55.0.html.
Thanks to some contacts with the 458th Bombardement Group, the family of Ltn. Rogers was found in Colorado and the Glindow village and museum invited them to Germany. They visited the Glindow museum some 5 years ago.
Reply Alan Rudzewicz
8:26 PM on October 31, 2016 
My father, Chester Rudzewicz, was a Sergeant in the 752 Bomb Group of the 458th. He was stationed in Horsham St Faith from December 1944 until the war ended and they started breaking down the camp. My father passed away on October 23, 2016 at the age of 93. Another great guy from the 458th got his wings.
Reply John Proffitt
1:30 AM on October 4, 2016 
James Archie Harper is my great great uncle. He never talked about the war but he cared about the family and kept quiet near Mulhall, ok.
Reply judy Dedecker MacPhail
12:55 PM on July 25, 2016 
Charles Dedecker was a crew member (navigator) and my father. My son is a pilot in the USAF and is researching the missions his grandfather flew. Thank you for providing this site. I had no idea there were so many missions. He never spoke about the war. Thanks!
Reply David Rea
11:07 PM on June 10, 2016 
Thanks for all your work on this site. I look at the site regularly to check for updates and new information about my Grandpapa.
Reply Lisa Rubin
6:47 PM on May 30, 2016 
I found my grandfather's name on this list. His name was Leonard Polakoff but I don't know much about him. He died in the 60s when my father was a teenager. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Reply Mark A. Sjolund
3:06 PM on April 25, 2016 
On my 56th birthday, I am thinking of my father Arthur C. Sjolund Jr. who flew his last mission on this date, April 25th 1945, exactly 15 years before my birth on April 25th, 1960. Thank you, to Lt. Ferriell and Lt. DeJulio and the rest of the crew for bringing him home safe!
Reply Peg De Rose
12:25 AM on April 25, 2016 
2nd Lt. William J.R. Fuqua died May 23, 1944 in mid air collision was my Uncle. I have a protrait of him in his uniform that was painted before he shipped out. It hung in my grandmother's home for as long as I can remember. I made a jpg photo oit but don't know how to post to this site.
Reply trevor hewitt
3:05 AM on April 14, 2016 
Remembering today the crash shortly after take off from Horsham Saint Faith of the B24 Hookem Cow on the 14th April 1945. "We will remember them".
Reply Charlotte
1:04 PM on April 5, 2016 
Charlotte Walters says...
Joe
My father, John Beddow, also flew with your dad. I would be interested to know if he is mentioned in your father's diary.
Charlotte


Is my father mentioned in your dad's diary?
Reply Charlotte Walters
2:23 PM on March 11, 2016 
Joe Lamers says...
My dad was your father's pilot and I have my dad's diary. He passed away in 2007.


Joe
My father, John Beddow, also flew with your dad. I would be interested to know if he is mentioned in your father's diary.
Charlotte
Reply David Putman
9:57 PM on March 10, 2016 
My dad was Harvey Putman the navigator. I would like to sent my best to your dad. Mine passed away in 2005 at age 89. Regards and best wishes.
Reply David L.Putman
9:50 PM on March 10, 2016 
I am the son of LT Harvey Putman, the navigator of crew KJ15. I have seen the first photo of the air crew and the plane they used in training many times but dad never talked about the war or his service. Thanks for sharing the record, it opens a new window on my dad and his service for me, his grandchildren and great grandchildren. How uncanny that our youngest is serving in Kiserslaughtern, a place that they bombed.
Reply John ODonnell
3:47 PM on March 3, 2016 
Thank you for your excellent website - that includes info not just from the 458th but for the entire 2nd Air Division.
Reply Charlotte Walters
3:14 PM on February 19, 2016 
My father, John Beddow, was a bombardier/navigator on the Gordon W. Lamers crew for 20 missions. I would like to learn more about this crew.
Charlotte Walters
Reply Tony Brooks
3:50 PM on February 12, 2016 
Hi Darin, Just been going through your web site with interest, how well you have made the layout and so easy to search..EXCELLENT. I have just sent you a message via your contact page of one Sgt Edward Mire.