458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Crew 47 - Assigned 754th Squadron - October 1943

Back Row: Richard Christensen – RO, Bernie Newmark - CP, Gilbert Schulze – P, Don Harrington – B.
Second Row: Herbert Shaffer - WG/E, Charles Metcalf - BTG, Richard Black - NTG, William Burk - TG, Roger Brown - TT/E

(Photo: AFHRA)

Completed Tour

SchulzeCrew
 Rank  Name  Serial #  Pos Date  Status  Comments
Capt Gilbert E Schulze 0745951 Pilot 31-Oct-44 CT Relieved of duties as Asst Ops Officer 
1Lt Bernard J Newmark 0811237 Co-pilot May-45 CT Origin of Sqdn Insignia Disney
1Lt Matthew J Davan 0811348 Navigator Jul-44 CT Awards - Distinguished Flying Cross
1Lt Donald W Harrington 0752852 Bombardier Jul-44 CT Awards - Distinguished Flying Cross
T/Sgt Richard M Christensen  37425955 Radio Operator Jul-44 CT Awards - Distinguished Flying Cross
T/Sgt Roger M Brown 35423728 Flight Engineer Jul-44 CT Awards - Distinguished Flying Cross
S/Sgt Richard O Black 15334977 Nose Turret Gunner  Jul-44 CT Awards - Distinguished Flying Cross
S/Sgt Herbert S Schaffer 14170117 Waist Gunner 01-Apr-44 UNK Placed on Flight Status
S/Sgt Charles W Metcalf 35369209 Ball Turret Gunner Jul-44 CT Awards - Distinguished Flying Cross
S/Sgt William E Burk 35580815 Tail Turret Gunner Jul-44 CT Awards - Distinguished Flying Cross

Lt Gilbert Schulze and Crew 47 went through combat crew training at Tohopah, Nevada with the rest of the 458th during the latter half of 1943.  They flew overseas via the Southern Ferry Route in January 1944.

Thier first missions were the diversionary feints towards Holland in support of the Eight Air Force's "Big Week" at the end of February.  The crew flew 11 missions in March, all on B-24H-15-FO 42-52335 Z5 R Admirable Little Character. The crew would consider this aircraft "their ship" until it was lost on April 25, 1944 with the crew of Lt John H. Combs.

Towards the end of their tour, the crew flew a number of lead missions, finishing up on a trip to Munich, Germany on July 11, 1944.  Schulze was eventually promoted to Captain, and assigned as the Assistant Squadron Operations Officer in the 754th.  Part of his duties had him inspecting recently captured airfields in France before and during the Truckin' Missions in September.  (See below.)

Lt Bernard Newmark's name appears in the May 1945 754th Squadron records as having been instrumental in designing and then, thru Walt Disney Productions, manufacturing the squadron emblem that appeared at Horsham in the summer of 1944.

Missions

SchulzeMissions
Date  Target 458th Msn Pilot Msn  Cmd Pilot Ld  Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn  A/C Name  Comments
24-Feb-44 DUTCH COAST D1 --     41-29299 -- Z5 D1 ROLL CALL Diversion Mission
25-Feb-44 DUTCH COAST D2 --     42-52515 -- Z5 D2 FORD'S FOLLY Diversion Mission
02-Mar-44 FRANKFURT 1 1     42-52335 R Z5 1 ADMIRABLE LITTLE CHARACTER   
03-Mar-44 BERLIN 2 2     42-52335 -- Z5 2 ADMIRABLE LITTLE CHARACTER  
05-Mar-44 BORDEAUX/MERIGNAC  3 3     42-52335 R Z5 3 ADMIRABLE LITTLE CHARACTER  
08-Mar-44 BERLIN/ERKNER 5 4     42-52335 R Z5 5 ADMIRABLE LITTLE CHARACTER  
15-Mar-44 BRUNSWICK 7 5     42-52335 R Z5 6 ADMIRABLE LITTLE CHARACTER  
16-Mar-44 FRIEDRICHSHAFEN 8 NTO     42-52335 R Z5 -- ADMIRABLE LITTLE CHARACTER #1 CARB JETS CLOGGED
18-Mar-44 FRIEDRICHSHAFEN 9 6     42-52335 R Z5 7 ADMIRABLE LITTLE CHARACTER  
23-Mar-44 OSNABRUCK 12 7     42-52335 R Z5 10 ADMIRABLE LITTLE CHARACTER  
24-Mar-44 ST. DIZIER 13 8     42-52335 R Z5 11 ADMIRABLE LITTLE CHARACTER  
26-Mar-44 BONNIERES 14 9     42-52335 R Z5 12 ADMIRABLE LITTLE CHARACTER  
27-Mar-44 BIARRITZ 15 10     42-52335   Z5 13 ADMIRABLE LITTLE CHARACTER  
05-Apr-44 ST. POL-SIRACOURT 16 11     42-52335 R Z5 14 ADMIRABLE LITTLE CHARACTER  
11-Apr-44 OSCHERSLEBEN 20 12     42-52335 R Z5 17 ADMIRABLE LITTLE CHARACTER  
12-Apr-44 OSCHERSLEBEN REC ABT     42-100366 B Z5 -- MIZPAH RECALL #4 ENG LOST OIL
13-Apr-44 LECHFELD A/F 21 13     42-100366 B Z5 9 MIZPAH  
18-Apr-44 BRANDENBURG 22 14     42-52335 R Z5 18 ADMIRABLE LITTLE CHARACTER  
19-Apr-44 PADERBORN A/F 23 15     42-100362 A Z5 7 SWEET LORRAINE/BOOMERANG  
24-Apr-44 LEIPHEIM A/F 26 16     42-52335 R Z5 20 ADMIRABLE LITTLE CHARACTER  
26-Apr-44 PADERBORN A/F 28 17     41-28682 I Z5 22 UNKNOWN 003  
08-May-44 BRUNSWICK 37 18 HINKLEY L 42-100366 B Z5 16 MIZPAH DALEY (LEAD NAV?)
09-May-44 ST. TROND 38 19     42-95108 M Z5 1 ENVY OF 'EM ALL II  
10-May-44 DIEPHOLZ REC --     42-95108 M Z5 -- ENVY OF 'EM ALL II RECALL BEFORE EC
11-May-44 EPINAL 39 20     42-95108 M Z5 2 ENVY OF 'EM ALL II  
13-May-44 TUTOW A/F 41 21     42-110172 D Z5 7 UNKNOWN 017  
20-May-44 RHEIMS A/D 43 22 HINCKLEY D1 42-100366 B Z5 18 MIZPAH NAV - DALY
27-May-44 NEUNKIRCHEN 48 23 CHAMBERLAIN  L1 42-100366 B Z5 21 MIZPAH NAV - DALY
30-May-44  ZWISCHENAHN A/F 51 24 HINCKLEY L2 42-100366 B Z5 23 MIZPAH  
02-Jun-44 STELLA/PLAGE 53 25     44-40126 D Z5 1 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP  
06-Jun-44 COASTAL AREAS 56 26 CHAMBERLAIN L3 44-40126 D Z5 2 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP MSN #1
08-Jun-44 PONTAUBAULT 60 27 HINCKLEY D1 44-40126 D Z5 3 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP  
14-Jun-44 DOMLEGER 65 28 HINCKLEY L2 44-40126 D Z5 4 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP  
18-Jun-44 WATTEN 70 29 FREEMAN L1 44-40126 O -- 5 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP RCL "O"?
20-Jun-44 NOBALL FRANCE REC -- FREEMAN L1 44-40126 D Z5 -- SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP MSN #3 RECALL
23-Jun-44 3 NO BALLS 76 30     44-40126 D Z5 8 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP TGT #8 BLANE-PIGNOT-FERNE 
25-Jun-44 ST. OMER 80 31 SLATON D1 44-40126 D Z5 9 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP  
11-Jul-44 MUNICH 88 32 O'NEILL L1 44-40126 D Z5 11 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP


Crew 47 and their ground crew

Back Row: Richard Christensen, Matt Davon, Gilbert Schulze, Don Harrington, Bernie (B.J.) Newmark (scarf)
Second Row: Charles Metcalf, Richard Black, Herbert Shaffer, Roger Brown, William Burk (leaning)
Front Row (Sitting): Ground crew members: Howard Tibbetts, Pete Mayo, George Schott (Crew Chief), & Meyers

(Photo: Geneva Schulze)

B-24H-15-FO 42-52335 Z5 R  Admirable Little Character

 
Photo taken in mid-April 1944, shortly before the loss of ALC. Notice #4 engine is feathered.

(Photos: Geneva Schulze)

Eiffel Tower

"Capt Gilbert E. Schulze lines up for a fly-through of the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, October 1944.  He was on a special assignment, flying to various fields in northwestern France, inspecting safety features of each airfield to make certain bombers could land as they ferried gasoline to our troops after the invasion.  He was flying a C-61 Fairchild, single-engine plane, and made several trips between France and England from September 11 – October 12, 1944.  He said that the first time he flew the Channel in this little “puddle jumper” was scary. He had been used to a four-engine B-24 with nine fellows along on his other trips."


(As related in a letter by Geneva Schulze)


754th Bombardment Squadron Insignia

The origin of the 754th Squadron insignia is rather an interesting story.  The insignia was designed and originated in Hollywood, California, or rather Burbank, California, which is adjacent to Hollywood.  It was drawn up by members of the Walt Disney staff, at the Walt Disney Studios.  However, none of this would have been possible had it not been for the untiring efforts of 1st Lt. Bernard J. Newmark, a former member of this organization.  It was through his influence that the Walt Disney Studios designed the insignia.  The insignia seems to have met with the approval of the men of the squadron. The design is unique in that there is no other that even closely resembles it throughout the ETO.


(754th Squadron Records - May 1945)


S/Sgt William E. Burk, Mission Diary

These are the notes taken by my father, William E. (Bill) Burk, during his time as a tail-gunner as part of the US 8th Air Force, 458th Bomb Group, 754th Squadron, Crew 47-Schulze, stationed near Norwich, England.


I am unclear on the total number of missions flown by my father because his note pad ends abruptly in June 1944.  My mother seems to remember it was 30 or 33 missions.

 

The notebook is a 2”x 3” spiral bound pocket notepad.  The wording and spelling is as it is in the notebook.

 

The bold number increments the number of missions that count toward completing his tour of duty.  In his notepad, my father had circled the numbers but that was difficult to recreate.

  

Joe Burk

Indianapolis, Indiana

September 25, 2007

Missions

Feb 21, 44 - Deversionary to Dutch Coast

Feb 23, 44 - Deversionary to Denmark Coast

1. Feb 28, 44 - Bombing to Frankfurt, Germany Aircraft Factory

March 1, 44 - To Berlin Air Fields Aborded, frozen guns

2. March 4, 44 - To Bordeau, France Airfields

3. March 8, 44 - To Berlin, Ger. Ball Bearing Factory

4. March 15, 44 - To Brunswick, Ger. Assembly plant of Aircraft

5. March 18, 44 - Friedrichshaten, Ger. Presision tool factory

March 20-22 - Two day pass to London

6. March 23, 44 - Northern Germany German Airfields Osnabruck, Ger.

7. March 24, 44 - Saint Dizier Airfields in France

8. March 26, 44 - Albert, France Rocket Guns, France

9. March 27, 44 - Biaritz, France Airfields, Southern France

10. April 2, 44 - Airfields near Coast of France No ball target

11. April 8, 44 - Brunswick, Ger. Airfields Worst mission

12. April 11, 44 - Near Brunswick, Ger. Focke Wulf Factory

April 12, 44 - Same as 11th Group aborded

13. April 13, 1944 - Lichsfield, Ger. Airfields

14. April 18, 44 - To Brandenburg, Ger. Aborded near Hamburg Bombed town

15. April 19, 44 - Paderborn, Ger. Airfield

16. April 22, 44 - Hamn, Ger. Railroads marshalling Yards, hit on own field

17. April 24, 44 - Gunzberg, Ger. Airfields

18. May 8, 44 - To Brunswick, Ger. Bombed marshalling yards Lots of fighters

19. May 9, 1944 - To St. Troad, Belgium Bombed air field Good day

20. May 11, 44 - Epinal, France Railroad marshalling Yards.

21. May 13, 44 - Tutow, Germany Airfields, Many Fighters

22. May 27, 44 - Neunkircken, Ger. Railroad Marshalling yards

23. May 30, 44 - Bad-Zivischenhan, Ger. Airfields

24. June 2, 44 - On French coast Coastal gun Emplacements. PFF

25. June 6, 44 - Bombed French Invasion coast Invasion day, D-day

26. June 8, 44 - Bombed inland From invasion coast

27. June 14, 44 - Bombed airfield Nuneq, France

28. June 18, 44 - No Ball Target Watton, France

29. June, (this last entry ended in mid-sentence)