458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Johnson Crew - Assigned 753rd Squadron - December 19, 1944

Standing: Joseph VanBibber - B, Charles Bosshardt - N, Leo Hecht - CP, Cecil Johnson - P
Kneeling: James Scott - E, George MacArthur - TG, Charles Walker - RO, Leslie Karl - WG, William Gann - WG, Ernest DeVries - NTG

(Photo: Glenn Bosshardt)

Flying at the End of Hostilities

Crew-JohnsonCG
Rank  Name  Serial #  Pos Date Status  Comments
1Lt Cecil G Johnson 0829488 Pilot 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
2Lt Leo W Hecht, Jr 0832140 Co-Pilot 14-Jan-45 KIA Crash/Battle Damage - DIEHL Crew 
1Lt Charles J Bosshardt 02068577 Navigator 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
1Lt Joseph M VanBibber  0785443 Bombardier 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
T/Sgt Charles M Walker 39416040 Radio Operator 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
T/Sgt James H Scott 39452486 Flight Engineer 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
S/Sgt Leslie E Karl 32084376 Radar Crewman 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
S/Sgt Ernest G DeVries 39927473 Armorer-Gunner  25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
S/Sgt William M Gann 36779041 Aerial Gunner 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
S/Sgt George J McArthur 39927385 Armorer-Gunner 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List

Cecil Johnson and crew arrived at Horsham at the end of December 1944 and were assigned to the 753rd Squadron.  They flew their first mission on January 14, 1945.  The crew's co-pilot, 2Lt Leo Hecht flew with the Diehl Crew on this date and was killed when their aircraft crashed (due to battle damage) in Norwich on the return flight.


The Johnson Crew was transferred to the 755th Squadron in early March 1945 and flew a number of lead missions, most notably the raid of April 7th to the Krummel Munitions Factory, for which they were awarded a "Lead Crew Commendation" for their part in the mission.  An available load list shows that the crew also flew on the Eighth Air Force's last combat operation of the war to Bad Reichenhall on April 25, 1945.


On May 17, in preparation for return to the United States, the entire crew was transferred back into the 753rd Squadron.  They were most likely assigned an aircraft to ferry back to the States, but have not yet been identified in the Ferry Crews section of this website.


Missions

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 Date  Target 458th Msn Pilot Msn  Cmd Pilot Ld  Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn  A/C Name  Comments
14-Jan-45 HALLENDORF 170 1     42-50449 W J4 34 HEAVENLY HIDEAWAY  
03-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 177 2     44-40134 R J4 47 UNKNOWN 039  
08-Feb-45 RHEINE M/Y, OSNABRUCK REC --     42-110141 U J4 -- BREEZY LADY / MARIE / SUPERMAN RECALL - WEATHER
09-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 179 3     42-50912 D J4 9 THE TRAVLIN' BAG  
14-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 181 4     42-50555 A J4 17 BABY SHOES  
15-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 182 5     42-50912 D J4 11 THE TRAVLIN' BAG  
22-Feb-45 PEINE-HILDESHEIM 186 6     44-40118 S J4 38 WE'LL GET BY  
24-Feb-45 BIELEFELD 188 7     42-50555 A J4 22 BABY SHOES OT - #4 ENG FAIL
26-Feb-45 BERLIN 190 8     44-40118 S J4 42 WE'LL GET BY GRP 200TH MSN
27-Feb-45 HALLE 191 MSHL     -- -- -- --   MARSHALING CHIEF
28-Feb-45 BIELEFELD 192 9     44-40277 P J4 46 MISS USED  
10-Mar-45 ARNSBURG 201 10     44-10618 T J3 8 UNKNOWN 038  
17-Mar-45 HANNOVER 205 11     42-50499 U J3 39 COOKIE/OPEN POST  
19-Mar-45 LEIPHEIM 207 12     42-50516 V J3 28 STARDUST  
21-Mar-45 HESEPE 209 13     44-49743 F J3 26 EASTERN BEAST  
24-Mar-45 KIRKOFF 213 14     44-48837 L J3 19 UNKNOWN 041  
31-Mar-45 BRUNSWICK 216 15     44-49743 F J3 30 EASTERN BEAST  
02-Apr-45 TIRSTROP ABN -- BRECKENRIDGE L3 44-48837 L J3 -- UNKNOWN 041 ABANDONED
04-Apr-45 PERLEBERG 217 16 BRECKENRIDGE L3 44-48837 L J3 23 UNKNOWN 041  
06-Apr-45 HALLE 219 17     44-48837 L J3 25 UNKNOWN 041  
07-Apr-45 KRUMMEL 220 18     42-95628 K J3 27 UNKNOWN 038 LEAD CREW COMM
09-Apr-45 LECHFELD 222 19   L2 44-49743 F J3 35 EASTERN BEAST  
19-Apr-45 ZWIESEL SCR --   L2 42-51936 I J3 -- UNKNOWN 027 SCRUBBED
20-Apr-45 ZWIESEL 229 20 ANDERSON D1 44-49902 M J3 8 UNKNOWN 043  
25-Apr-45 BAD REICHENHALL 230 21     44-49544 E J3 10 OH MONA!


April 7, 1945 - Lead Crew Commendation


Courtesy: Glenn Bosshardt