458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Barnhart Crew - Assigned 754th Squadron - July 10, 1944


Crew Photo Needed


Transferred to 44BG

Rank
Name
Serial #
Pos
Date
Status
Comments
1Lt
Elvin L. Barnhart
0821198
Pilot
13-Aug-44
TRSF
Transferred to 44th Bomb Group
1Lt 
Harry C Stubbs
0827834  
Co-Pilot 
   13-Aug-44
TRSF
Transferred to 44th Bomb Group 
2Lt 
John D Foley
0713158  
Navigator 
13-Aug-44
TRSF
Transferred to 44th Bomb Group
2Lt 
Gordon C Woodland  
0769206  
Bombardier
13-Aug-44
TRSF
Transferred to 44th Bomb Group
Sgt 
Kenneth D Dagley  
12082157  
Radio Operator 
13-Aug-44
TRSF
Transferred to 44th Bomb Group
S/Sgt 
Kenneth J G Waitt  
37491890  
Flight Engineer 
13-Aug-44
TRSF
Transferred to 44th Bomb Group
Sgt 
Robert A Bostwick  
12219539  
Armorer-Gunner 
13-Aug-44
TRSF
Transferred to 44th Bomb Group
Sgt 
Donald S Ocker  
33506274  
Aerial Gunner 
13-Aug-44
TRSF
Transferred to 44th Bomb Group
Sgt
Donald H Rosenberg  
42020705  
Aerial Gunner
13-Aug-44
TRSF
Transferred to 44th Bomb Group
S/Sgt
Willard R Dunwoody  
12226462
Aerial Gunner
13-Aug-44
TRSF
Transferred to 44th Bomb Group
Elvin Barnhart and crew arrived at Horsham in early July 1944.  They flew their first mission nine days later, but were forced to abort due to mechanical difficulties.  Their first credited mission, on July 24th, was part of the Eighth Air Force's support of the ground troops effort to break out of the St Lo area.  This was known as Operation Cobra and was in close support with the men on the ground.  On this date, no bombs were dropped by any group of the 2nd Bombardment Division as there was a 10/10 undercast and troops on the ground would have been in danger.

The crew completed two more missions in July, and flew a total of eight missions in August.  On the 13th, the entire crew was transferred to the 44th Bomb Group based at Shipdham, about 20 miles west of Horsham.  The crew is believed to have completed their combat tour from there.

An interesting side note: after the war, co-pilot Harry C Stubbs, became an accomplished science fiction author under the pen name Hal Clements.  He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1998.

Missions

Barnhart E Missions
Date  Target 458th Msn  Pilot Msn   Serial RCL Sqdn  A/C Msn   A/C Name  Comments
19-Jul-44 KEMPTEN 94 ABT 41-29305 N Z5 -- I'LL BE BACK/HYPOCHONDRIAC ABORT - #2 ENG DROP FUEL PRES
24-Jul-44 ST. LO AREA 97 1 42-95018 J Z5 27 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
25-Jul-44 ST. LO AREA "B" 98 2 41-28682 I Z5 49 UNKNOWN 003  
28-Jul-44 LEIPHEIM /CREEL SCR -- 41-28682 I Z5 -- UNKNOWN 003 BRIEFED AND SCRUBBED
31-Jul-44 LUDWIGSHAFEN 99 3 42-110070 E Z5 22 ELMER  
01-Aug-44 T.O.s FRANCE 100 4 41-29288 L J3 42 BIG-TIME OPERATOR  
02-Aug-44 3 NO BALLS 101 5 44-40288 S J4 -- BAD GIRL ABORT - SORTIE CREDIT
03-Aug-44 2 NO BALLS 102 ABT 41-28682 I Z5 -- UNKNOWN 003 ABORT - #1 & 4 ENGINES
04-Aug-44 ACHIET A/F 104 6 41-29596 R Z5 35 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
06-Aug-44 HAMBURG 106 7 42-95165 S Z5 23 COOKIE  
07-Aug-44 GHENT 107 8 41-29596 R Z5 38 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
09-Aug-44 SAARBRUCKEN 109 9 42-95108 M Z5 -- ENVY OF 'EM ALL II  
11-Aug-44 STRASBOURG 110 10 42-95165 S Z5 24 COOKIE  
12-Aug-44 MOURMELON 111 11 41-28682 I Z5 53 UNKNOWN 003


S/Sgt Willard R. Dunwoody


Photo Courtesy: James M. Sandoval, Jr