458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Rhoades Crew - Assigned 754th Squadron - November 16, 1944

Kneeling, 2nd From left: Frank "Dusty" Rhoades - P

If you can identify any of the crew, please contact me.

(Photo: Jim Carothers)

Flying at the End of Hostilities

RhoadesCrew
Rank  Name  Serial #  Pos Date Status  Comments
1Lt Frank L Rhoades, Jr 0860459 Pilot 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission - Passau, Ger
2Lt Robert A Lester 0777723 Co-Pilot 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission - Passau, Ger
F/O Thomas H Monaghan T128774 Navigator 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission - Passau, Ger
T/Sgt Charles H Qualls 14190910 Radio Operator 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission - Passau, Ger
T/Sgt Burrell L Robertson 33690057 Flight Engineer 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission - Passau, Ger
S/Sgt Joseph D Prewitt 18175645 Armorer Gunner  18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission - Passau, Ger
S/Sgt Herman L Rapp 36303385 Armorer Gunner 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission - Passau, Ger
S/Sgt Kenneth V Ritter 36194208 Armorer Gunner 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission - Passau, Ger
S/Sgt Joseph D Cunningham  35803508 Armorer Gunner 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission - Passau, Ger

1Lt Frank L. “Dusty” Rhoades crew joined the 458th on November 16, 1944.  After several weeks of indoctrination, formation practice, and navigation orientation flights, they flew their first mission on December 12, 1944.  Their target that day was the marshalling yards at Hanau, Germany.  Their next mission was on December 24th, when the Eighth Air Force put up over 2,000 heavy bombers and fighter escorts to hit airfields and communications centers in western Germany.


The first few months in 1945 saw the crew flying missions to Koblenz, Dortmund, Bielefeld, and four round trips to Magdeburg amongst many other targets in Germany.  Their 33rd and final mission came on April 18, 1945 when the 458th bombed the marshalling yards at Passau, Germany.


Of the crew’s 33 missions, 19 were flown aboard B-24H-25-DT 41-51179  Dusty’s Double Trouble.  The ship was an old, but reliable Liberator in the group, having begun her combat career on May 31, 1944 and had racked up over 100 missions by the time the war in Europe was over.  The artwork which appeared in her later days was only displayed for one day before being removed, and a more subtle identification, a large 179 was applied to both sides of the nose.


Rhoades and crew and a number of ground men flew this aircraft back to the States in June 1945.


Missions

RhoadesMissions
Date Target 458th Msn Pilot Msn  Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn  A/C Name  Comments
12-Dec-44 HANAU 156 1 42-51199 A Z5 16 UNKNOWN 023  
24-Dec-44 SCHONECKEN 157 ABT 42-110059 T Z5 -- UNKNOWN 056 ABORT - #4 ENG
25-Dec-44 PRONSFELD 158 2 42-51196 Q J3 18 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
28-Dec-44 ST. WENDEL 160 3 42-51196 Q J3 19 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
01-Jan-45 KOBLENZ 163 4 42-51196 Q J3 22 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
03-Jan-45 NEUNKIRCHEN 165 5 42-51196 Q Z5 24 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
14-Jan-45 HALLENDORF 170 6 42-95018 J Z5 70 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
16-Jan-45 MAGDEBURG 171 7 42-95018 J Z5 71 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
28-Jan-45 DORTMUND 174 8 42-51179 P Z5 60 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
06-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 178 9 42-51179 P Z5 61 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
08-Feb-45 RHEINE M/Y REC -- 44-10491 I Z5 -- THE IRON DUKE RECALL - WEATHER
15-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 182 10 42-51179 P Z5 63 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
17-Feb-45 ASCHAFFENBURG REC -- 41-29305 N Z5 -- I'LL BE BACK/HYPOCHONDRIAC RECALL - WEATHER
19-Feb-45 MESCHADE 184 11 44-10491 I Z5 10 THE IRON DUKE  
23-Feb-45 GERA-REICHENBACH  187 12 42-51199 A Z5 27 UNKNOWN 023 LAND IN BELGIUM
25-Feb-45 SCHWABISCH-HALL 189 13 42-51196 Q J3 36 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
28-Feb-45 BIELEFELD 192 14 42-51179 P Z5 66 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
01-Mar-45 INGOLSTADT 193 15 42-51179 P Z5 67 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
02-Mar-45 MAGDEBURG 194 16 42-51179 P Z5 68 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
04-Mar-45 STUTTGART 196 17 42-51179 P Z5 70 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
07-Mar-45 SOEST 198 18 42-51179 P Z5 72 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
08-Mar-45 DILLENBURG 199 19 42-51179 P Z5 73 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
10-Mar-45 ARNSBURG 201 MSHL -- -- -- --   MARSHALING CHIEF
14-Mar-45 HOLZWICKEDE 203 20 42-110059 T Z5 68 UNKNOWN 056  
15-Mar-45 ZOSSEN 204 21 42-50578 F Z5 44 SKY ROOM  
18-Mar-45 BERLIN 206 22 42-51179 P Z5 78 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
21-Mar-45 HESEPE 209 23 42-51179 P Z5 80 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
22-Mar-45 KITZINGEN 210 24 42-51179 P Z5 81 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
25-Mar-45 HITZACKER 214 25 42-51179 P Z5 83 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
30-Mar-45 WILHELMSHAVEN 215 26 42-51179 P Z5 84 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
31-Mar-45 BRUNSWICK 216 27 42-51179 P Z5 85 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
10-Apr-45 RECHLIN/LARZ 223 28 42-51196 Q J3 59 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
11-Apr-45 REGENSBURG 224 29 42-51179 P Z5 91 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
14-Apr-45 POINTE DE GRAVE 225 30 42-51179 P Z5 92 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
16-Apr-45 LANDSHUT 227 31 42-51179 P Z5 93 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
18-Apr-45 PASSAU 228 32 42-51179 P Z5 94 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE


B-24H-20-DT 42-51179 P "Dusty's Double Trouble"

The artwork was soon replaced with the ship's tail number and RCL


"Dusty" Rhoades in the pilot's seat, Spring 1945


(Photos: Jim Carothers)


June 1945

Ready to depart Horsham for he U.S.A.
Standing, 2nd from left:
"Dusty" Rhoades

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Thanksgiving 2007

Left to Right: Dusty's grandson, Dusty and Dusty's son Jim, in front of B-25 Martha Jean

Photo: Jim Carothers