458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

E. M. Williams Crew - Assigned 754th Squadron - August 10, 1944

Standing: Mike Diederich - G, Tom Tarpley - CP, Jerry Ferrier - B, Burt Frauman - N, Murray Williams - P
Kneeling: Ray Hunt - G, Del Hamilton - E, Joe Lopez - G, Charles Condon - G, Ray Reynolds - RO
(Photo: Burt & Judith Frauman)

Capt Edward M. Williams Crew - Completed Tour

Williams-Ecrew
 Rank  Name  Serial #  Pos Date Status  Comments
Capt Edward M Williams 0664707 Pilot 19-Dec-44 CT Rest Home Leave
1Lt Thomas M Tarbley 0824994 Co-pilot 02-Jan-45 CT Rest Home Leave
1Lt Burt Frauman 0783045 Navigtaor 02-Jan-45 CT Rest Home Leave
1Lt Jerry H Ferrier 0772955 Bombardier 02-Jan-45 CT Rest Home Leave
T/Sgt Raymond Reynolds 36644914 Radio Operator  02-Jan-45 CT Rest Home Leave
T/Sgt Delbert E Hamilton 39197187 Flight Engineer 02-Jan-45 CT Rest Home Leave
S/Sgt Charles P Condon 36767193 Aerial Gunner 02-Jan-45 CT Rest Home Leave
S/Sgt Michael D Diederich  36685011 Aerial Gunner 02-Jan-45 CT Rest Home Leave
S/Sgt Henry A Hunt 38472779 Aerial Gunner 02-Jan-45 CT Rest Home Leave 
S/Sgt Joseph M Lopez 32965649 Aerial Gunner 02-Jan-45 CT Rest Home Leave

It is assumed that most of 2Lt Edward "Murray" Williams crew completed a tour of 35 combat missions.  After flying 21 missions as a first pilot, 1Lt (soon to be Captain) Williams was moved to HQ 458th Bomb Group and became a Command Pilot.  1Lt Mark H. Sherrill became the crew's first pilot, flying ten missions between December 1944 and February 1945 when the first pilot's job was then taken over by their co-pilot 1Lt Thomas Tarpley, who commanded the crew on the remainder of their missions.  


S/Sgt Henry A. Hunt went to RCM (Radar Countermeasures) School and was reclassified in December.  It is not known whether he continued with his original crew or went on to fly with lead crews where his new found skills would be put to use.


1Lt Burt Frauman, navigator, stayed with the crew throughout his tour.  He very kindly supplied his list of missions which are displayed below.


E.M. Williams Missions - 1st Pilot & Command Pilot

Williams-Emissions
Date  Target  Pilot 458th Msn Pilot Msn  Cmd Pilot Ld  Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn  A/C Name  Comments
24-Aug-44 HANNOVER WILLIAMS, E 117 1     42-51110 P Z5 36 TOP O' THE MARK  
25-Aug-44 LUBECK WILLIAMS, E 118 2     42-51110 P Z5 37 TOP O' THE MARK  
26-Aug-44 DULMEN WILLIAMS, E 120 3     42-51110 P Z5 38 TOP O' THE MARK  
27-Aug-44 FINOW WILLIAMS, E 121 4     44-40126 L Z5 21 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP   MISSION CREDIT NOV
01-Sep-44 PFAFFENHOFFEN WILLIAMS, E ABN --     42-51110 P Z5 -- TOP O' THE MARK ABANDONED
05-Sep-44 KARLSRUHE WILLIAMS, E 122 5     42-51110 P Z5 40 TOP O' THE MARK  
08-Sep-44 KARLSRUHE WILLIAMS, E 123 6     42-95018 J Z5 43 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
09-Sep-44 MAINZ WILLIAMS, E 124 ASSY     41-28697 Z Z5 A15 SPOTTED APE ASSEMBLY CREW
10-Sep-44 ULM M/Y WILLIAMS, E 125 7     42-51110 P Z5 42 TOP O' THE MARK  
20-Sep-44 HSF to CLASTRES WILLIAMS, E TR04 --     42-109805 J 44BG T2 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE TRUCKIN' MISSION
22-Sep-44 HSF to CLASTRES WILLIAMS, E TR06 --     42-109805 J 44BG T3 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE TRUCKIN' MISSION
25-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE WILLIAMS, E TR08-1 --     41-64452 S   T1 NOT 458TH SHIP - HETHEL 1ST FLIGHT
26-Sep-44 HSF to CLASTRES  WILLIAMS, E TR09 --     41-64452 S   T2 NOT 458TH SHIP - HETHEL CLASTRES
05-Oct-44 PADERBORN WILLIAMS, E 128 8     44-40298 E Z5 1 THE SHACK  
06-Oct-44 WENZENDORF WILLIAMS, E 129 ABT     42-100366 H Z5 -- MIZPAH #2 ENGINE
07-Oct-44 MAGDEBURG WILLIAMS, E 130 9     42-50640 O Z5 1 BUGS BUNNY  
09-Oct-44 KOBLENZ WILLIAMS, E 131 10     42-50640 O Z5 2 BUGS BUNNY  
14-Oct-44 COLOGNE WILLIAMS, E 133 11     42-50640 O Z5 3 BUGS BUNNY  
15-Oct-44 MONHEIM WILLIAMS, E 134 ASSY     41-28697 Z Z5 A21 SPOTTED APE ASSEMBLY CREW
19-Oct-44 MAINZ WILLIAMS, E 136 12     41-29596 R Z5 61 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
22-Oct-44 HAMM WILLIAMS, E 137 13     42-50640 O Z5 4 BUGS BUNNY  
30-Oct-44 HARBURG WILLIAMS, E 139 14     42-51179 P Z5 43 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
02-Nov-44 BIELEFELD WILLIAMS, E 140 15     42-50456 D Z5 8 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
05-Nov-44 KARLSRUHE WILLIAMS, E 142 16     42-50640 O Z5 7 BUGS BUNNY  
10-Nov-44 HANAU A/F WILLIAMS, E 146 17     42-95183 U Z5 57 BRINEY MARLIN  
16-Nov-44 ESCHWEILER WILLIAMS, E 147 18     42-110059 T Z5 45 UNKNOWN 056  
21-Nov-44 HARBURG WILLIAMS, E 148 19     44-40298 E Z5 13 THE SHACK  
26-Nov-44 BIELEFELD WILLIAMS, E  150 20     44-40298 E Z5 14 THE SHACK  
30-Dec-44 NEUWIED BLUM 161 21 WILLIAMS, E L3 42-50608 W J4 16 FILTHY McNAUGTY  
31-Dec-44 KOBLENZ SAUNDERS 162 22 WILLIAMS, E D3 531 V GH --   NOT 458TH SHIP
02-Jan-45 REMAGEN BOWERS 164 23 WILLIAMS, E L2 42-51939 G J3 12 UNKNOWN 028  
10-Jan-45 SCHONBERG HALE 168 24 WILLIAMS, E L2 42-51936 I J3 5 UNKNOWN 027  
31-Jan-45 BRUNSWICK DYER 176 25 WILLIAMS, E  L3 44-49743 F J3 9 EASTERN BEAST RECALL - SORTIE 
08-Feb-45 RHEINE M/Y HATHORN REC -- WILLIAMS, E   42-95557 H J3 -- LADY PEACE RECALL - WEATHER
09-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG ELLIS 179 26 WILLIAMS, E L3 42-50740 Q J3 20 OUR BURMA  
23-Feb-45 GERA-REICHENBACH DYER 187 27 WILLIAMS, E D1 42-51669 J J3 9 UNKNOWN 026  
25-Feb-45 SCHWABISCH-HALL MITCHELL 189 28 WILLIAMS, E L2 42-50740 Q J3 24 OUR BURMA  
27-Feb-45 HALLE CHIMPLES 191 29 WILLIAMS, E D1 44-48837 L J3 11 UNKNOWN 041


1Lt's Mark Sherrill & Thomas Tarpley Missions as 1st Pilot

Sherrill-TarpleyMissions
Date  Target  Pilot 458th Msn Pilot Msn  Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn  A/C Name  Comments
10-Dec-44 BINGEN SHERRILL 154 1 42-50456 D Z5 15 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
12-Dec-44 HANAU SHERRILL 156 2 42-95018 J Z5 60 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
25-Dec-44 PRONSFELD SHERRILL 158 3 42-50456 D Z5 19 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
27-Dec-44 NEUNKIRCHEN SHERRILL 159 4 42-50456 D Z5 20 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
30-Dec-44 NEUWIED SHERRILL 161 5 42-50456 D Z5 22 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
31-Dec-44 KOBLENZ SHERRILL 162 6 42-50456 D Z5 23 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
14-Jan-45 HALLENDORF SHERRILL 170 7 42-50456 D Z5 25 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL SUB DEPOT
16-Jan-45 MAGDEBURG SHERRILL 171 8 44-40298 E Z5 20 THE SHACK  
03-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG SHERRILL 177 9 42-50456 D Z5 29 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
06-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG SHERRILL 178 10 42-50456 D Z5 30 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
09-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG SHERRILL 179 MSHL -- -- -- --   MARSHALING CHIEF 
17-Jan-45 HARBURG TARPLEY 172 MSHL -- -- -- --   MARSHALING CHIEF
17-Feb-45 ASCHAFFENBURG TARPLEY REC -- 42-110059 T Z5 -- UNKNOWN 056 RECALL - WEATHER
23-Feb-45 GERA-REICHENBACH  TARPLEY 187 1 42-50456 D Z5 31 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
24-Feb-45 BIELEFELD TARPLEY 188 2 44-10602 P J3 31 TEN GUN DOTTIE  
25-Feb-45 SCHWABISCH-HALL TARPLEY 189 MSHL -- -- -- --   MARSHALING CHIEF
26-Feb-45 BERLIN TARPLEY 190 ABT 42-50456 D Z5 -- DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  #4 CYL HEAD TEMP
27-Feb-45 HALLE TARPLEY 191 3 42-50456 D Z5 34 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
01-Mar-45 INGOLSTADT TARPLEY 193 4 42-50456 D Z5 36 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL


Missions flown by 1Lt Burt Frauman

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