458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Josephson Crew - Assigned 752nd Squadron - August 10, 1944

Standing: Leslie Arnberger - CP, Lloyd Lawson - E, William French - , Frank Josephson - P
Kneeling: James Neblett - G, John Sipos - G, Elden Gebaroff - AG, Otto Gust - RO
Not pictured: Stanley Guterman, Ward Walhay, Carl Hein

Photo: Josephson Family)

Completed Tour

 Rank  Name  Serial #  Pos Date Status  Comments
1Lt Frank A Josephson  0705700 Pilot Mar-45 CT Crew completed combat tour 
1Lt Leslie P Arnberger 0771265 Co-pilot 25-Feb-45 CT Mission Load List
1Lt Stanley Guterman 02000378 Navigator 17-Mar-45 CT Rest Home Leave
1Lt Ward L Walhay 02000385 Bombardier 1944 CT Trsfr to MITCHELL Crew
T/Sgt  Otto A Gust 32912498 Radio Operator 25-Feb-45 CT Mission Load List
T/Sgt Lloyd V Lawson 11091180 Flight Engineer 25-Feb-45 CT Mission Load List
S/Sgt Elden S Gebaroff 19111794  Armorer-Gunner  25-Feb-45 CT Mission Load List
S/Sgt Carl R Hein 38556323 Aerial Gunner Nov-44 UNK Trsfr to LEHR Crew
S/Sgt James R Noblett 38343707 Aerial Gunner 25-Feb-45 CT Mission Load List
S/Sgt John Sipos 35142022 Aerial Gunner 25-Feb-45 CT Mission Load List

2Lt Frank Josephson and his crew were assigned to the 458th on August 10, 1944.  Their first mission was on August 26th, and they completed three more prior to the group being removed from combat operations in mid-September to participate in Operation: Truckin', the transportation of gasoline to Patton’s Army in France.  Josephson flew on six of these gas haul flights.  They resumed combat flying in October.


For some reason, after flying nine missions in two months, this crew flew only two in November.  They appear to have returned to a fairly regular schedule after this, flying  five or six missions per month until March, when they completed their tour of 35 credited sorties.


The crew picture above was taken in late March 1945 after the completion of their tour.  Not all original members are pictured, and one, S/Sgt William L. French, was not assigned with the crew the previous August.  He was an individual replacement, arriving in the 752nd Squadron about three weeks after Josephson and crew came to Horsham.


Lt Ward L. Walhay was transferred to the crew of Lt Charles Mitchell in the 755th Squadron to act as lead bombardier; and Sgt Carl Hein was transferred to the crew of Lt Robert Lehr in November 1944.  The reason for this last move is unknown.


While no records are available showing any of the crew receiving the DFC, a notation for Frank Josephson in the March 1945 records for the 752nd Squadron states that his “Crew completed combat tour”.


Date  Target  458th Msn  Pilot Msn  Serial RCL Sqdn  A/C Msn  A/C Name  Comments
26-Aug-44 DULMEN 120 1 44-40118 R 7V 5 WE'LL GET BY  
27-Aug-44 FINOW 121 2 42-52457 Q 7V 55 FINAL APPROACH MISSION CREDIT - NOV
09-Sep-44 MAINZ 124 3 42-52455 O 7V 57 PLUTOCRAT  
10-Sep-44 ULM M/Y 125 4 42-95219 W 7V 32 PATCHIE  
18-Sep-44 HSF to CLASTRES TR02 -- 42-52455 O J4 T1 PLUTOCRAT CARGO
21-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR05 -- 42-52616 Q 44BG T3 GLORY BEE PFF - Pilot BOYLE
27-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR10 -- 41-29352 K 752 T6 WOLVES LAIR TRUCKIN' MISSION
30-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR13 -- 42-50335 A+ 389BG T9 NO NAME OR NAME UNK  TRUCKIN' MISSION
06-Oct-44 WENZENDORF 129 5 42-52457 Q 7V 58 FINAL APPROACH  
07-Oct-44 MAGDEBURG 130 6 42-95165 L 7V 36 COOKIE  
09-Oct-44 KOBLENZ 131 7 41-29596 R Z5 58 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
22-Oct-44 HAMM 137 8 42-95165 L 7V 39 COOKIE  
30-Oct-44 HARBURG 139 9 42-95165 L 7V 40 COOKIE  
09-Nov-44  METZ AREA 145 10 42-95165 L 7V 43 COOKIE POSSIBLE ANA
16-Nov-44 ESCHWEILER 147 11 42-95165 L 7V 45 COOKIE  
04-Dec-44 BEBRA 152 12 42-95165 L 7V 48 COOKIE  
11-Dec-44 HANAU 155 13 42-95165 L 7V 49 COOKIE  
12-Dec-44 HANAU 156 14 42-95165 L 7V 50 COOKIE  
24-Dec-44 SCHONECKEN 157 15 42-95165 L 7V 51 COOKIE  
30-Dec-44 NEUWIED 161 16 42-95165 L 7V 52 COOKIE  
31-Dec-44 KOBLENZ 162 17 42-95165 L 7V 53 COOKIE  
02-Jan-45 REMAGEN 164 18 42-51196 Q J3 23 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
07-Jan-45 RASTATT 166 19 42-95165 L 7V 55 COOKIE  
13-Jan-45 KAISERLAUTERN 169 20 44-40424 F 7V 1 MONYA  
16-Jan-45 MAGDEBURG 171 21 42-51514 B 7V 3 BIG CHIEF LIL' BEAVER  
03-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 177 23 42-51206 S 7V 31 THE PIED PIPER  
06-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 178 24 42-51110 M 7V 67 TOP O' THE MARK  
19-Feb-45 MESCHADE 184 25 42-51206 S 7V 36 THE PIED PIPER  
23-Feb-45 GERA-REICHENBACH  187 26 42-51206 S 7V 39 THE PIED PIPER  
25-Feb-45 SCHWABISCH-HALL 189 27 42-51206 S 7V 41 THE PIED PIPER  
27-Feb-45 HALLE 191 28 42-51206 S 7V 43 THE PIED PIPER  
01-Mar-45 INGOLSTADT 193 29 42-51206 S 7V 45 THE PIED PIPER  
03-Mar-45 NIENBURG 195 30 42-51514 B 7V 19 BIG CHIEF LIL' BEAVER  
04-Mar-45 STUTTGART 196 31 42-95316 H 7V 88 PRINCESS PAT  
05-Mar-45 HARBURG 197 ASSY 41-28743 Z 7V -- UNKNOWN 006 ASSEMBLY CREW
09-Mar-45 OSNABRUCK 200 31 42-51206 S 7V 50 THE PIED PIPER  
12-Mar-45 FRIEDBURG 202 32 42-51206 S 7V 52 THE PIED PIPER  
15-Mar-45 ZOSSEN 204 33 42-51514 B 7V 24 BIG CHIEF LIL' BEAVER  
18-Mar-45 BERLIN 206 34 44-10487 R 7V 43 Girl on surfboard (no name)  
19-Mar-45 LEIPHEIM 207 35 44-10487 R 7V 44 Girl on surfboard (no name)

Skeet Champions - March 1945

An Eighth Air Force Liberator Station, England:  Technical Sgt. Otto A. Gust, (Front row, fourth from left) of Union City, N.J., is the Radio Operator of Lt. Josephson’s crew, which won the skeet shooting tournament held at the air base of the 458th Bombardment Group recently.  In a process of elimination between all flying crews, they scored 110 points out of a possible 125 to be declared the Skeet Champs of the group.


Sgt. Gust, who is the son of Mrs. Frieda Malvano, 225 Roosevelt St., Union City, N.J., has flown on 35 bombing missions as a Radio Operator on a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber, with the 458th Bomb. Group and has been awarded the Air Medal and four Oak Leaf Clusters.  A few of the prominent targets include, Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Magdeburg.  Prior to his entrance into the Armed Forces in April 1943 he was employed by the Union News Co. of Weehawitch, N.J.  He has been overseas since June 1944 and is a graduate of the 1942 class of Union Hill High School in Union City.


The others in the photo, (Front Row, L. to R.) S/Sgt. James R. Noblett, Matador, Texas; S/Sgt John Sipes, Indianapolis, Ind.; S/Sgt Elden S. Gebaroff, Seattle, Wash.; T/Sgt Otto A. Gust, Union City, N.J.; (Back Row, L. to R. ) 1st Lt, Leslie P. Arnberger, Phoenix, Ariz.; T/Sgt Lloyd V. Lawson, Brockton, Mass.; S/Sgt. William L. French, Chapel, Va.; and 1st Lt. Frank A. Josephson, Minneota, Minn.


The 458th Bombardment Group, which is a part of the Second Air Division, commanded by Maj. Gen. William E. Kepner, completed more that 200 combat missions over enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations.

Cookie and The Pied Piper

Josephson and crew flew these two aircraft on more than half of their missions with the group. 
They took B-24H-25-FO 42-95165 7V L
Cookie on 12 trips over the Continent;  and B-24H-30-DT 42-51206 7V S The Pied Piper on 10 missions.

(Photos: Mike Bailey & W. L. Jackson)