458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Healy Crew - Assigned 753rd Squadron - August 9, 1944

Standing: Milton Downs - B, Donald Webster - CP, Chuck Healy - P, Richard Beulieu - N, George Howard - WG, Gabriel Signorelli - RO
Kneeling: Harold Smith - TT/E, Albert Jenkins WG, William Ruth - TG, Leonard Armstrong - NTG

(Photo: Doug Rulon)

Completed Tour

HealyCrew
 Rank  Name  Serial #  Pos Date Status  Comments
1Lt Charles F Healy 0705690 Pilot 19-Apr-45 CT Leave
1Lt Donald E Webster 0825028 Co-pilot 17-May-45 CT Transferred to 752nd Sqdn
1Lt Richard P Beaulieu 0719832 Navigator 19-Apr-45 CT Leave
1Lt Milton D Downs 0772946 Bombardier Mar-45 CT Promoted to 1st Lieutenant
T/Sgt Gabriel D Signorelli 18150457 Radio Operator May-45 CT Trsf to 70RD for return to ZI - Tour complete 
T/Sgt  Harold W Smith 15063509 Flight Engineer May-45 CT Trsf to 70RD for return to ZI - Tour complete
S/Sgt Leonard W Armstrong  35875565 Armorer Gunner  May-45 CT Trsf to 70RD for return to ZI - Tour complete
S/Sgt George T Howard, Jr 13110853  Armorer Gunner May-45 CT Trsf to 70RD for return to ZI - Tour complete
Cpl Albert Jenkins 38518262 Armorer Gunner May-45 CT Trsf to 70RD for return to ZI - Tour complete
Cpl William D Ruth, Jr 15119002 Armorer Gunner May-45 CT Trsf to 70RD for return to ZI - Tour complete

2Lt Chuck Healy and crew were originally assigned to the 753rd Squadron in August.  They flew two missions later that month, and then the 458th was pulled off of combat operations in September in order to fly gasoline to Patton's Army in France.  Healy flew on only one of the Truckin' missions during September.

They flew eight combat missions in October and November and, given the absence of Healy's name on mission records, must have been sent off for lead crew training.  They were transferred into the 755th Squadron to be a lead crew on December 20, 1944, and flew their first mission in that role on January 7, 1945 when they were assigned as the deputy lead in the third squadron.  Their last mission was on April 14, 1945 when they lead the third squadron on the mission to Pointe de Grave.

Missions

HealyMissions
Date  Target 458th Msn Pilot Msn  Cmd Pilot Ld  Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn  A/C Name  Comments
18-Aug-44 WOIPPY 116 1     44-40287 J J4 12 BACHELOR'S BEDLAM  
24-Aug-44 HANNOVER 117 2     44-40277 P J4 7 MISS USED  
28-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR11 --     41-28721 G 753 T9 DOWNWIND-LEG TRUCKIN' MISSION
14-Oct-44 COLOGNE 133 3     44-40277 P J4 14 MISS USED  
17-Oct-44 COLOGNE 135 4     44-40277 P J4 15 MISS USED  
19-Oct-44 MAINZ 136 5     42-110163 M J4 31 TIME'S A WASTIN  
04-Nov-44 MISBURG 141 6     44-40277 P J4 20 MISS USED  
05-Nov-44 KARLSRUHE 142 7     44-40277 P J4 21 MISS USED  
16-Nov-44 ESCHWEILER 147 8     44-40277 P J4 23 MISS USED  
25-Nov-44 BINGEN 149 9     42-50449 W J4 18 HEAVENLY HIDEAWAY  
12-Dec-44 HANAU 156 ASSY     41-28697 Z Z5 A36 SPOTTED APE ASSY & WTHR SHIP - 753RD
25-Dec-44 PRONSFELD 158 MSHL     -- -- -- --   MARSHALING CHIEF- 755TH
31-Dec-44 KOBLENZ 162 MSHL     -- -- -- --   MARSHALING CHIEF- 755TH 
03-Jan-45 NEUNKIRCHEN 165 10     44-10487 R J3 25 Girl on surfboard (no name)   
07-Jan-45 RASTATT 166 11   D3 44-10602 P J3 24 TEN GUN DOTTIE  
10-Jan-45 SCHONBERG 168 12     44-10487 R J3 26 Girl on surfboard (no name)  
28-Jan-45 DORTMUND 174 13     44-10487 R J3 28 Girl on surfboard (no name)  
03-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 177 15     42-50516 V J3 18 STARDUST  
08-Feb-45 RHEINE M/Y REC --     44-50618 T J3 -- UNKNOWN 052 RECALL - WEATHER
09-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 179 16     44-10618 T J3 2 UNKNOWN 038  
14-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 181 17     42-50740 Q J3 21 OUR BURMA  
15-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 182 18     42-50499 U J3 33 COOKIE/OPEN POST  
19-Feb-45 MESCHADE 184 19     42-50575 O J3 20 UNKNOWN 020  
24-Feb-45 BIELEFELD 188 20 BRECKENRIDGE L3 42-95628 K J3 13 UNKNOWN 038  
28-Feb-45 BIELEFELD 192 21   L3 42-51743 F J3 18 UNKNOWN 006  
01-Mar-45 INGOLSTADT 193 22     42-50504 S J3 23 UNKNOWN 019  
03-Mar-45 NIENBURG 195 23     42-50575 O J3 23 UNKNOWN 020  
05-Mar-45 HARBURG 197 24 GARDNER L2 42-95557 H J3 29 LADY PEACE  
07-Mar-45 SOEST 198 25 QUINN D1 42-95557 H J3 30 LADY PEACE  
09-Mar-45  OSNABRUCK 200 26 BETZOLD D1 42-95557 H J3 32 LADY PEACE  
15-Mar-45 ZOSSEN 204 27 GARDNER D1 42-51669 J J3 18 UNKNOWN 026  
18-Mar-45 BERLIN 206 28 BRECKENRIDGE D1 44-48837 L J3 17 UNKNOWN 041  
24-Mar-45 NORDHORN 212 29 BLACK D1 42-51743 F J3 28 UNKNOWN 006  
31-Mar-45 BRUNSWICK 216 30 GOODFRIEND D1 42-95557 A J3 43 LADY PEACE  
08-Apr-45 UNTERSCHLAUERSBACH  221 31 BRECKENRIDGE  L3 42-51939 G J3 32 UNKNOWN 028  
14-Apr-45 POINTE DE GRAVE 225 32 ANDERSON L3 44-49902 M J3 6 UNKNOWN 043


Horsham Flight Line

Sgt William D. Ruth (left)

(Photo: Doug Rulon)