458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Doyle Crew - Assigned 754th Squadron - August 15, 1944

Back Row: Howard Richard - B, Frank Beck - CP, Edward Doyle - P, Arthur Vanderbeek - N, Unknown
Front Row: Robert Soelch - RO, William Fox - G, Bernard O'Connor - E, Unknown, Unknown

If you can identify anyone, please contact me.

(Photo: FOLD3)

Completed Tour

DoyleCrew
 Rank  Name  Serial #  Pos Date Status  Comments
1Lt Edward C Doyle 0662761 Pilot 28-Oct-44 RFS TD to 4174th US Army Hosp 
1Lt Frank J Beck 01015055 Co-pilot/Pilot 10-Feb-45 CT Rest Home Leave
1Lt Arthur H Vanderbeek 0712707 Navigator 10-Feb-45 CT Rest Home Leave
F/O Howard N Richard T124473 Bombardier 26-May-45 UNK Trial by Courts-Martial
T/Sgt Robert W Soelch 6148601 Radio Operator 10-Feb-45 CT Rest Home Leave
T/Sgt  Bernard M O'Connor  35326895  Flight Engineer 10-Feb-45 CT Rest Home Leave
S/Sgt Ned L Dressler 39554871 Radar Observer 13-Dec-44 CT Reclassified MOS 866
S/Sgt Ernest R Valencia 39014284 Armorer-Gunner  15-Aug-44 UNK Assigned
Sgt William A Fox, Jr 39041287 Aerial Gunner 10-Feb-45 CT Rest Home Leave
Sgt Carroll C Mahaffy 31343775 Armorer-Gunner 10-Feb-45 CT Rest Home Leave

Lt Edward Doyle and crew arrived at the 458th and were assigned to the 754th Squadron on August 15, 1944.  Given their pay grades at the time arrival, the crew may have been held over for a while or come from another unit.  They flew their first mission ten days later to the Dornier aircraft factory at Lubeck, Germany.  The 458th lost one plane on this first of two missions to take place on August 25th.  The crew flew four more missions including an abortive attempt on September 5th to Karlsrue, before the 458th was pulled off of combat operations and tasked to ferry gasoline to Patton’s Army in France.


The group resumed combat missions on October 3rd, but the Doyle crew did not fly until the 9th.  After three missions in October, Ed Doyle was removed from flying status and sent to the 4174th US Army Hospital for severe combat fatigue. 


Records indicate that 1Lt James B. Coode was to be the replacement pilot for the crew.  He was originally assigned as the co-pilot on the crew of Captain Gordon Lamers in May 1944.  It appears that Coode was the pilot of Doyle's crew for missions beginning on November 4 through December 31, 1944, when Coode had most likely completed his tour.  Records from the 496th Fighter Training Group show him assigned to that unit in March 1945.


1945 brought a third pilot to command the crew, 1Lt Milton E. Krogh who had been assigned to the 754th Squadron in September 1944 as the co-pilot of 2Lt Willie E. Hodges.  Krogh took the crew through January, February, and the first half of March 1945 when records indicate that his tour was complete. 


The last pilot of Doyle’s crew was 1Lt Frank J. Beck, the crew’s co-pilot since training in the States.  Records show that he flew as first pilot on four missions in March to complete his tour.  It is believed that most of the men still assigned to this crew completed their missions around this time as well.

Very shortly after the crew had arrived, on August 21, 1944, F/O Howard N. Richard (B) was sent on Temporary Duty (TD) to the 482nd BG at AAF102 Alconbury, possibly to receive training in radar navigation.  Upon his return to the 458th, he was assigned to the 755th Squadron (the group’s lead squadron) in November 1944.  It appears that he flew missions until April 1945 when he is shown going on rest home leave.  The last time that his name appears in the 458th records is dated May 26, 1945, and simply says. “Trial by Courts-Martial”.  No explanation or outcome is given.


S/Sgt Ned L. Dressler flew several (if not most) of his missions with the crew, and in December was reclassified with MOS 866 (RCM) Radio Counter Measures.  After this he flew with several different crews in that capacity.


Of S/Sgt Ernest R. Valencia there is not one single entry other than that showing his assignment with the crew.  His status is unknown.


These two enlisted men were replaced on the crew by S/Sgt Robert E. Gougeon, assigned as an individual replacement gunner on August 10, 1944; and Sgt Raymond E. Barto, originally in the 755th Squadron.  Barto with the group since July 10, 1944, was a gunner on Lt James B. Prevost’s crew when they were forced to ditch in the English Channel on the August 5th mission to Brunswick.  All except the crew’s co-pilot were picked up by British Air-Sea Rescue and a motor torpedo boat.  Both Sgt's Gougeon and Barto appear on available loading lists with the rest of the Doyle crew and it is assumed that they flew several missions with them to complete their tours.


Missions (as a Crew)

DoyleCrewMissions
Date  Target  Pilot 458th Msn Crew Msn  Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn  A/C Name  Comments
25-Aug-44 LUBECK DOYLE 118 1 42-95165 S Z5 32 COOKIE  
26-Aug-44 DULMEN DOYLE 120 2 42-95165 S Z5 33 COOKIE  
27-Aug-44 FINOW DOYLE 121 3 42-110059 T Z5 35 UNKNOWN 056 MISSION CREDIT NOV
01-Sep-44 PFAFFENHOFFEN DOYLE ABN -- 41-28735 V J3 -- UNKNOWN 005 ABANDONED
05-Sep-44 KARLSRUHE DOYLE 122 ABT 41-29305 N Z5 -- I'LL BE BACK/HYPOCHONDRIAC  GAS FUMES 16,000FT
10-Sep-44 ULM M/Y DOYLE 125 4 42-110070 K Z5 33 ELMER  
11-Sep-44 MAGDEBURG DOYLE 126 5 42-95108 M Z5 39 ENVY OF 'EM ALL II  
12-Sep-44 WELFORD to CLASTRES  DOYLE TR01 -- 41-29596 R Z5 T1 HELL'S ANGEL’S TRUCKIN' MISSION
18-Sep-44 HSF to CLASTRES DOYLE TR02 -- 41-28682 I Z5 T1 NO NAME or NAME UNK WW
09-Oct-44 KOBLENZ DOYLE 131 6 44-40298 E Z5 3 THE SHACK
14-Oct-44 COLOGNE DOYLE 133 7 42-95120 M J3 47 HOOKEM COW / BETTY  
19-Oct-44 MAINZ DOYLE 136 8 42-100366 H Z5 55 MIZPAH  
04-Nov-44  MISBURG COODE 141 9 41-29596 R Z5 66 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
05-Nov-44 KARLSRUHE COODE 142 10 42-110059 T Z5 44 UNKNOWN 056  
06-Nov-44 MINDEN COODE 143 11 42-110070 K Z5 44 ELMER  
09-Nov-44 METZ AREA COODE 145 12 42-95120 M Z5 53 HOOKEM COW / BETTY POSSIBLE ANA
26-Nov-44 BIELEFELD COODE 150 13 42-50640 O   15 BUGS BUNNY RCM / K-21
30-Nov-44 HOMBURG COODE 151 14 -- -- -- --   No FC - Sqdn Rec's
04-Dec-44 BEBRA COODE 152 15 42-110059 T Z5 49 UNKNOWN 056  
11-Dec-44 HANAU COODE 155 16 41-29305 N Z5 40 I'LL BE BACK/HYPOCHONDRIAC  
18-Dec-44 KOBLENZ COODE REC -- 44-40298 E Z5 -- THE SHACK RECALL DUTCH ISLE
24-Dec-44 SCHONECKEN COODE 157 17 41-29596 R Z5 74 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
27-Dec-44 NEUNKIRCHEN COODE 159 MSHL -- -- -- --   MARSHALING CHIEF
28-Dec-44 ST. WENDEL COODE 160 18 42-50456 D Z5 22 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
31-Dec-44 KOBLENZ COODE 162 MSHL -- -- -- --   MARSHALING CHIEF
14-Jan-45 HALLENDORF KROGH 170 19 42-95108 B Z5 56 ENVY OF 'EM ALL II LAND OFF LOCATION
16-Jan-45 MAGDEBURG KROGH 171 20 42-51196 Q J3 28 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
31-Jan-45 BRUNSWICK KROGH 176 21 42-95183 U Z5 76 BRINEY MARLIN RECALL - SORTIE CRED
03-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG KROGH 177 MSHL -- -- -- --   MARSHALING CHIEF
06-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG KROGH 178 22 44-10491 I Z5 5 THE IRON DUKE  
09-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG KROGH 179 23 42-50578 F Z5 27 SKY ROOM  
25-Feb-45 SCHWABISCH-HALL KROGH 189 24 42-95018 J Z5 82 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
26-Feb-45 BERLIN KROGH 190 25 44-40126 L Z5 57 SPITTEN KITTEN/SKY TRAMP GROUP 200TH MISSION
27-Feb-45 HALLE KROGH 191 ABT 42-51199 A Z5 -- UNKNOWN 023 ABORT - #3 ENG FAILED
01-Mar-45 INGOLSTADT KROGH 193 26 42-51196 Q J3 40 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
02-Mar-45 MAGDEBURG KROGH 194 27 42-51196 Q J3 41 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
04-Mar-45 STUTTGART KROGH 196 28 42-51196 Q J3 43 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
05-Mar-45 HARBURG KROGH 197 MSHL -- -- -- --   MARSHALING CHIEF
09-Mar-45 OSNABRUCK KROGH 200 29 42-50456 D Z5 43 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
10-Mar-45 ARNSBURG KROGH 201 30 42-50456 D Z5 44 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
12-Mar-45 FRIEDBURG KROGH 202 ASSY 42-100366 H Z5 -- MIZPAH ASSEMBLY CREW
14-Mar-45 HOLZWICKEDE KROGH 203 31 42-51196 Q J3 46 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
15-Mar-45 ZOSSEN BECK 204 32 42-51196 Q J3 47 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
21-Mar-45 HESEPE BECK 209 33 42-51199 A Z5 39 UNKNOWN 023  
22-Mar-45 KITZINGEN BECK 210 34 42-51199 A Z5 40 UNKNOWN 023  
24-Mar-45 NORDHORN BECK 212 35 42-51196 Q J3 51 THE GYPSY QUEEN


B-24H-15-CF 41-29596 Z5 R Hell's Angel's

September 12, 1944 - Truckin' mission to Clastres, France

Standing:
Arthur Vanderbeek, Bernard O'Connor, Robert Soelch, William Fox, Edward Doyle
Kneeling: Frank Beck

(Photo: Josh Harris)

1Lt Frank Beck Mission List

BeckMissions1
 NO.  DATE  TARGET
1 25-Aug-44 Lubeck
2 26-Aug-44 Dulmen
3 10-Sep-44 Ulm
4 11-Sep-44 Magdeburg
5 09-Oct-44 Koblenz
6 14-Oct-44 Cologne
7 19-Oct-44 Mainz
8 04-Nov-44 Misburg
9 05-Nov-44 Karlsruhe
10 06-Nov-44  Minden
11 09-Nov-44 Metz
12 26-Nov-44 Bielefeld
13 27-Aug-44 Finow
14 30-Nov-44 Homburg
15 04-Dec-44 Bebra
16 24-Dec-44 Schonecken
17 27-Dec-44 Neunkirchen 
18 28-Dec-44 St. Wendel

BeckMissionList2
 NO.  DATE  TARGET
19 14-Jan-45 Hallendorf
20 16-Jan-45 Magdeburg
21 31-Jan-45 Brunswick
22 06-Feb-45 Magdeburg
23 09-Feb-45 Magdeburg
24 25-Feb-45 Schwabisch-Hall 
25 26-Feb-45 Berlin
26 01-Mar-45  Ingolstadt
27 02-Mar-45 Magdeburg
28 04-Mar-45 Stuttgart
29 09-Mar-45 Osnabruck
30 10-Mar-45 Arnsburg
31 14-Mar-45 Holzwickede
32 15-Mar-45 Zossen
33 21-Mar-45 Hesepe A/F
34 22-Mar-45 Kitzingen A/F
35 24-Mar-45 Nordhorn

Mission List courtesy: Mike Beck

B-24H-30-DT 42-51196 Z5 Q  Gypsy Queen

Undated photo of the Doyle Crew

(Photo: Josh Harris)