458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Heard Crew - Assigned 752nd Squadron - April 18, 1945


Crew Photo Needed


Arrived too late for combat - No Combat Missions

HeardCrew
 Rank   Name  Serial #  Pos Date Status   Comments
2Lt Robert J Heard, Jr 0833115 Pilot 18-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 70th RD
2Lt Dennis F Haley 02071159 Co-pilot 18-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 70th RD
2Lt Harry I Sedwick, Jr  02074822 Navigator 18-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 70th RD
2Lt James C Perrin, Jr 0788078 Bombardier 17-May-45  NCM Transferred to 753rd Sqdn 
Cpl Merle M Collins 39186775 Radio Operator 18-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 70th RD
Cpl Frank E Wise 37055327  Flight Engineer 18-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 70th RD
Cpl Albert M Atkinson 36468023 Aerial Gunner 18-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 70th RD
Cpl Richard G Butler 35216477 Armorer-Gunner  18-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 70th RD
Cpl Dominick J Curro 12032747 Aerial Gunner 18-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 70th RD
Cpl William L Eckert, Jr 33479518 Aerial Gunner 18-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 70th RD

Assigned to the 752nd Squadron at the end of the air war in Europe, there is virtually no information on the Heard crew in the 458th records.  Having arrived in the ETO only seven days prior to the Eighth Air Force's cessation of bombing operations, they are not listed as flying any missions as a crew.  There were a number of men in this same circumstance, ten full crews having arrived at the 458th on April 18th and 20th.  It is not known if the Heard crew or any of the other late arrivals flew over the Continent at all during their brief tour of duty with the 458th.  On May 17, 1945, bombardier Harry I. Sedwick was transferred to the 753rd Squadron.

It is very possible that this crew was assigned to ferry a Liberator back to the United States.  See Ferry Crews.