458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Warrell Crew - Assigned 753rd Squadron - August 25, 1944

Standing, 3rd from left: Ed Swan - G
Kneeling:
Vernon Theobald - CP, Howard Warrell - P, John Gallagher - N, James Crull - B

If anyone can identify the enlisted men in this photo, please contact me.

(Photo: Ray Gallagher)

Completed tour

WarrellMissions
 Rank  Name  Serial #  Pos Date Status  Comments
1Lt Howard T Warrell 0699879 Pilot Apr-45 CT Trsf to 70th CP - Completed Tour
2Lt Vernon G Theobald  T124793 Co-pilot 25-Mar-45 CT Flew last mission (PH 11/21/44)
1Lt John E Gallagher 0722835 Navigator May-45 CT Trsf to 70th RD - Tour complete
1Lt James R Crull 0718078 Bombardier 25-Feb-45 CT Mission Load List - Schwabisch Hall 
T/Sgt  Frank Caputo 35746785  Radio Operator 25-Feb-45 CT Mission Load List - Schwabisch Hall
T/Sgt Robert B Shoff 13046030 Flight Engineer 25-Feb-45 CT Mission Load List - Schwabisch Hall
S/Sgt Robert L Draper 38460983 Armorer Gunner/2E  25-Feb-45 CT Mission Load List - Schwabisch Hall
S/Sgt Henry J Marsh 38511812 Armorer-Gunner 25-Feb-45 CT Mission Load List - Schwabisch Hall
Pfc Charles E Rhodes 36684519 Aerial Gunner 24-Nov-44 RFS Reclassified: Duty Soldier III
S/Sgt Edward C Swan 18138159 Aerial Gunner 18-Apr-45 CT Reclassified: Gunnery Instructor

The Warrell crew arrived at the 458th on August 25, 1944.  It is a bit surprising that records show that they flew their first mission only seven days later, and an AZON mission at that!  During the rest of the month of September the 458th was busy with ferrying gasoline to Patton’s 3rd Army in France.  Combat operations began again in October.


The crew flew four missions in October and only four in November.  On the November 21st mission to the oil refinery at Harburg, Warrell’'s crew was flying a B-24J named Baby Shoes.  After the mission, the S2 section reported that: "Flak from Harburg-Hamburg was intense and fairly accurate being both of ________and barrage [sic].  On return, route formation was forced from briefed course by scattered batteries along the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal in the vicinity of Albersdorf whose fire was accurate.  Eighteen of our A/C suffered minor battle damage."


One of those 18 aircraft was Baby Shoes.  Co-pilot F/O Vernon Theobald, was extremely lucky to live through this day.  He was grazed on the temple by a piece of flak and received the Purple Heart.  It was also on a mission in November (it may have been this same one, records are not clear) that S/Sgt Robert Shoff, flight engineer was hit with flak.  His injury occurred much lower down and in a more "delicate" location than did Theobald's!  The co-pilot gave him morphine and administered first aid –- another of the crew lucky to escape serious injury.


The crew finished out 1944 with only three missions in December, the last being the maximum effort to Schoneken on December 24th.  The next day they were off to Coombe House, a rest home in Dorset for a week.  They came back from leave to fly five missions in January, and started out February with four straight missions to Magdeburg in a nine day period.  The majority of the crew completed their combat tour in March.


Many crews came to think of one airplane as “their” plane.  Whether they flew the aircraft overseas or were assigned to fly it their first several missions, it was a plane they came to be familiar with.  For Warrell’'s crew “"their"” aircraft was undoubtedly a B-24 nicknamed “Time’'s A Wastin!”.  It was an olive drab painted Liberator that had come to the group at some point in the late spring of 1944 and flew its first mission on June 6th, D-Day.  By the time Warrell and crew arrived in August, the aircraft had taken several crews over enemy territory 21 times.  When the crew completed their tour they would have flown “Time'’s A Wastin!” on 24 missions (including one recall where they were not credited with a sortie). 


Warrell’'s crew remained intact throughout their tour with two exceptions.  Lt John Gallagher, the crew’s navigator, was transferred to the 755th Squadron on November 21, 1944 after flying several missions with Warrell's crew.  He became the pilotage navigator on Lt Scott Hathorn’'s lead crew and completed his missions with them in April 1945.


Sgt Charles E. Rhodes, gunner on the crew, was removed from flying status on November 17th and reduced to the grade of private.  He was reclassified as a Duty Soldier/Laborer.  Some records indicate that Sgt Joseph A. Romano, assigned on August 25, 1944 (the same day as Warrell), a gunner on the crew of Lt Robert E. Eidelsburg, took the place of Rhodes.


Missions

WarrellMissions
Date  Target 458th Msn Pilot Msn  Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn  A/C Name  Comments
01-Sep-44 RAVENSTEIN, HOL AZ14 1 44-40285 H J4 34 TABLE STUFF  
18-Sep-44 HSF to CLASTRES TR02 NTO 42-99997 P
T1 NOT 458TH SHIP NO TAKE OFF - LOAD No. 1
19-Sep-44 HSF to CLASTRES TR03 -- 42-95177 S 7V T2 BO II VERIFY A/C
25-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR08-1 -- 803 P   T2 42-40803 P B-24D? 1ST FLIGHT
29-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR12 -- 42-110063 M J4 T8 TIME'S A WASTIN! 1ST FLIGHT - NO DELIVERY
29-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR12 -- 42-110063 M J4 T9 TIME'S A WASTIN! 2ND FLIGHT
07-Oct-44 MAGDEBURG 130 2 44-40066 Y J4 6 S.O.L.  
12-Oct-44 OSNABRUCK 132 3 42-50449 W J4 3 HEAVENLY HIDEAWAY  
19-Oct-44 MAINZ 136 4 42-52457 Q 7V 62 FINAL APPROACH  
26-Oct-44 MINDEN 138 5 42-110163 M J4 33 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
06-Nov-44  MINDEN 143 6 44-40281 Q J4 15 A DOG'S LIFE  
08-Nov-44 RHEINE 144 7 44-40281 Q J4 16 A DOG'S LIFE  
10-Nov-44 HANAU A/F 146 8 42-110163 M J4 36 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
21-Nov-44 HARBURG 148 9 42-50555 A J4 4 BABY SHOES  
26-Nov-44 BIELEFELD 150 ABT 44-40281 Q J4 -- A DOG'S LIFE #1, 4 ENG THOWING OIL
11-Dec-44 HANAU 155 10 44-40118 S J4 18 WE'LL GET BY  
12-Dec-44 HANAU 156 11 44-40118 S J4 19 WE'LL GET BY  
24-Dec-44 SCHONECKEN 157 12 42-110163 M J4 39 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
07-Jan-45 RASTATT 166 13 42-110163 M J4 45 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
13-Jan-45 KAISERLAUTERN 169 14 42-110163 M J4 48 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
16-Jan-45 MAGDEBURG 171 15 42-110163 M J4 49 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
29-Jan-45 MUNSTER 175 ASSY 41-28697 Z Z5 A52 SPOTTED APE ASSEMBLY CREW
31-Jan-45 BRUNSWICK 176 16 42-110163 M J4 51 TIME'S A WASTIN! RECALL - SORTIE CREDIT
06-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 178 17 42-110163 M J4 53 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
08-Feb-45 RHEINE M/Y REC -- 42-110163 M J4 -- TIME'S A WASTIN! RECALL - WEATHER
09-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 179 18 42-110163 M J4 54 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
14-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 181 19 42-110163 M J4 56 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
15-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 182 20 42-110163 M J4 57 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
17-Feb-45 ASCHAFFENBURG M/Y  REC -- 44-40118 S J4 -- WE'LL GET BY RECALL - WEATHER
19-Feb-45 MESCHADE 184 21 44-40118 S J4 36 WE'LL GET BY  
24-Feb-45 BIELEFELD 188 22 44-40273 P J4 38 HOWLING BANSHEE  
25-Feb-45 SCHWABISCH-HALL 189 23 42-110163 M J4 58 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
27-Feb-45 HALLE 191 24 42-110163 M J4 60 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
28-Feb-45 BIELEFELD 192 25 42-110163 M J4 61 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
02-Mar-45 MAGDEBURG 194 26 42-110163 M J4 63 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
03-Mar-45 NIENBURG 195 27 42-110163 M J4 64 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
04-Mar-45 STUTTGART 196 28 42-110163 M J4 65 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
07-Mar-45 SOEST 198 29 42-110163 M J4 67 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
09-Mar-45 OSNABRUCK 200 30 42-110163 M J4 68 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
17-Mar-45 HANNOVER 205 ACC 42-110163 M J4 -- TIME'S A WASTIN! FRIENDLY FIRE #1 ENGINE 
19-Mar-45 LEIPHEIM 207 31 42-110163 M J4 72 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
23-Mar-45 OSNABRUCK 211 32 42-110163 M J4 75 TIME'S A WASTIN!  
25-Mar-45 HITZACKER 214 33 42-110163 M J4 77 TIME'S A WASTIN!


B-24JAZ-140-CO 42-110163  J4  M  Time's A Wastin!

Nose art, both sides

(Photos: George Reynolds & Dave Ehnbuske)
 
Taxiing at Horsham.

(Photo: Karl Lake)

Friendly Fire - March 17, 1945 (Accident Rpt 45-3-17-517)

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT

While flying in formation enroute on combat mission the No. 1 engine of plane 42-110163 was badly damaged by 50 caliber fire from some airplane ahead.  Investigation failed to determine from which airplane the shots came.  It is believed some gunner was careless in firing his weapon.

 

RECOMMENDATION

It is recommended previous to test firing that all airplanes uncover, and all gunners fire in such a direction as to avoid hitting another friendly airplane.


/Signed/

Col Allen F. Herzberg

Lt Col James A. Hogg

Maj Walter W. Lavell


753d Bombardment Squadron (H)

Office of the Operations Officer

 

ACCIDENT REPORT

Mission of 17 March 1945 to Hanover.  Forced to abort on DAL due to #1 Engine being shot out with 50 cal.  Position in formation at time of accident #2 in third section, altitude 15,000’.  Dropped bombs at jettison point and returned to base.  50 cal tracers came across nose at 45 degree angle, presumably from high right element of first or second section, unable to determine positively.


/Signed/

1Lt Howard T. Warrell


1Lt John E. Gallagher - Mission List

GallagherMissions1
 MSN # DATE  TARGET  NOTES
1 1-Sep-44 RAVENSTEIN  
2 7-Oct-44 MAGDEBURG OIL REFINERIES
3 12-Oct-44 OSNABRUCK JET FIGHTER
4 15-Oct-44 MONHEIM  
5 19-Oct-44 MAINZ RAILROAD
6 30-Oct-44 HARBURG  
7 4-Nov-44 MISBURG  
8 8-Nov-44 RHEINE LUFTWAFFE Me262 ACE WALTER NOWOTNY KILLED 
9 16-Nov-44 EXCHWEILER  
10 25-Nov-44 BINGEN  
11 6-Dec-44 BIELEFELD  
12 11-Dec-44 HANAU  
13 24-Dec-44 SCHONEKEN  
14 25-Dec-44 PRONSFELD  
15 30-Dec-44 NEUWIED

GallagherMissions2
 MSN # DATE  TARGET  NOTES
16 3-Jan-45 HOMBURG  
17 15-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG OIL REFINERIES
18 19-Feb-45 MESCHEDE  
19 22-Feb-45 PEINE  
20 23-Feb-45 GARA  
21 25-Feb-45 SCHWABISCH-HALL   
22 1-Mar-45 INGOLSTADT  
23 3-Mar-45 NIENBURG LUFTWAFFE Me262 DOWNED 6 BOMBERS (not 458th) 
24 5-Mar-45 HARBURG  
25 15-Mar-45  ZOSSEN  
26 21-Mar-45 HESEPE A/F  
27 24-Mar-45 KIRTORF A/F  
28 5-Apr-45 PLAUEN A/F  
29 9-Apr-45 LECHFELD A/F  
30 14-Apr-45 POINTE de GRAVE

Mission List courtesy: Raymond Gallagher