458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Cook Crew - Assigned 754th Squadron - June 25, 1944

Standing: George Grodt - CP, Warren Cook - P, Don Finlayson - N, James Bradley - B
Kneeling: Charles Ferrell - NTG, Ray Metz - RO, Walter Austin - WG, Maurice Summerall - E, Jesse Boston - TG, Henry Arias - BTG

(Photo: Don Finlayson)

Cook Crew Completed Tour

Rank
 Name
 Serial #
 Pos
 Date
 Status
 Comments
Capt
 Warren G Cook
 0696436
 Pilot
 10-May-45
 CT
 Appointed Pilot Proficiency Board
 1Lt
 George A Grodt
 0820738
 Co-Pilot
 10-Dec-44
 CT
 Mission Load List
 2Lt
 Donald E Finlayson
 0707251
 Navigator
 10-Dec-45
 CT
 Mission Load List
 F/O
 James T Bradley
 T124389
 Bombardier
  06-May-45
 CT
 Rest Home Leave AAF 523
 T/Sgt
 Raymond J Metz
 36588939
 Radio Operator
 10-Dec-44
 CT
 Mission Load List
 T/Sgt
 Maurice M Summerall
 3454593
 Flight Engineer
 10-Dec-44
 CT
 Mission Load List
 S/Sgt
 Henry Arias
 32622421
 Aerial Gunner
 10-Dec-44
 CT
 Mission Load List
 S/Sgt
 Jesse E Boston
 39129674
 Armorer-Gunner
 10-Dec-44
 CT
 Mission Load List
 S/Sgt
 Charles R Ferrell
 36574124
  Aerial Gunner
 10-Dec-44
 CT
 Mission Load List
 S/Sgt
 Walter M Austin, Jr
 34828330
  Aerial Gunner
 10-Dec-44
 CT
 Mission Load List

Missions

CookMissions
Date Target 458th Msn Pilot Msn Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn A/C Name Comments
06-Jul-44 KIEL 85 1 42-52457 Q 7V 37 FINAL APPROACH  
07-Jul-44 LUTZKENDORF 86 2 42-95163 K Z5 24 DIXIE BELLE  
08-Jul-44 ANIZY, FRANCE 87 3 42-100431 B J4 26 BOMB-AH-DEAR  
11-Jul-44 MUNICH 88 4 42-95108 M Z5 20 ENVY OF 'EM ALL II  
13-Jul-44 SAARBRUCKEN 90 ABT 41-28705 W Z5 -- YE OLDE HELLGATE ABORT - LOST FORM IN CLOUDS
16-Jul-44 SAARBRUCKEN 91 5 41-29305 N Z5 29 I'LL BE BACK/HYPOCHONDRIAC   
21-Jul-44 MUNICH 96 ABT 42-95018 J Z5 -- OLD DOC'S YACHT ABORT - TRIM TABS FAILED
25-Jul-44 ST. LO AREA "B" 98 6 42-95018 J Z5 28 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
28-Jul-44 LEIPHEIM & CREEL A/F SCR -- 42-95018 J Z5 -- OLD DOC'S YACHT BRIEFED AND SCRUBBED
31-Jul-44 LUDWIGSHAFEN 99 ABT 42-52441 I J3 -- LAST CARD LOUIE ABORT - SPARE LATE T/O
01-Aug-44 T.O.s FRANCE 100 7 42-95018 J Z5 30 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
02-Aug-44 3 NO BALLS 101 8 41-29305 N Z5 33 I'LL BE BACK/HYPOCHONDRIAC  
05-Aug-44 BRUNSWICK/WAGGUM  105 9 44-40287 J J4 10 BACHELOR'S BEDLAM COMPOSITE w/466
06-Aug-44 HAMBURG 106 10 41-29596 R Z5 37 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
07-Aug-44 GHENT 107 11 42-110070 E Z5 25 ELMER  
08-Aug-44 CLASTRES 108 12 42-95163 K Z5 37 DIXIE BELLE  
11-Aug-44 STRASBOURG 110 13 41-29596 R Z5 40 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
12-Aug-44 MOURMELON 111 14 41-29596 R Z5 41 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
13-Aug-44 LIEUREY 112 15 41-29596 R Z5 42 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
15-Aug-44 VECHTA 114 16 42-51110 P Z5 34 TOP O' THE MARK  
16-Aug-44 MAGDEBURG 115 ABT 41-28709 I 7V -- LUCKY STRIKE ABORT - COULD NOT KEEP FORM 
18-Aug-44 WOIPPY 116 17 42-95165 S Z5 30 COOKIE  
26-Aug-44 DULMEN 120 18 41-29596 R Z5 48 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
27-Aug-44 FINOW 121 19 41-29596 R Z5 49 HELL'S ANGEL'S MISSION CREDIT IN NOV
09-Sep-44 MAINZ 124 20 44-40287 J J4 14 BACHELOR'S BEDLAM  
10-Sep-44 ULM M/Y 125 21 41-29596 R Z5 52 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
11-Sep-44 MAGDEBURG 126 22 41-29596 R Z5 53 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
21-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR05 -- 42-95108 M Z5 T4 ENVY OF 'EM ALL II CARGO
23-Sep-44 HSF to ST DIZIER TR07 -- 41-28712 D 44BG T4 TUFFY TRUCKIN' MISSION
25-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR08-1 -- 42-110059 T Z5 T1 NO NAME or NAME UNKNOWN 1ST FLIGHT - CARGO
25-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR08-2 -- 42-110059 T Z5 T2 NO NAME or NAME UNKNOWN 2ND FLIGHT - CARGO
27-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR10 -- 42-52296 E   T4 NOT 458TH SHIP - HETHEL 1ST FLIGHT
27-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR10 -- 42-52296 E   T5 NOT 458TH SHIP - HETHEL 2ND FLIGHT
28-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR11 -- 42-52296 E   T6 NOT 458TH SHIP - HETHEL TRUCKIN' MISSION
29-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR12 -- 42-95108 M 754 T10 ENVY OF 'EM ALL II 2ND FLIGHT
29-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR12 -- 42-52296 E   T7 NOT 458TH SHIP - HETHEL 1ST FLIGHT
05-Oct-44 PADERBORN 128 23 41-29596 R Z5 55 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
06-Oct-44 WENZENDORF 129 24 41-29596 R Z5 56 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
07-Oct-44 MAGDEBURG 130 25 41-29596 R Z5 57 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
09-Oct-44 KOBLENZ 131 26 42-50456 D Z5 3 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
17-Oct-44 COLOGNE 135 27 41-29596 R Z5 61 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
26-Oct-44 MINDEN 138 28 42-51196 Q J3 6 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
30-Oct-44 HARBURG 139 29 41-29596 R Z5 64 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
02-Nov-44 BIELEFELD 140 30 41-29596 R Z5 65 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
08-Nov-44 RHEINE 144 31 42-51179 P Z5 46 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
09-Nov-44 METZ AREA 145 ANA 44-40298 E Z5 11 THE SHACK POSSIBLE ANA
16-Nov-44 ESCHWEILER 147 32 42-50456 D Z5 12 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
21-Nov-44 HARBURG 148 33 42-110059 T Z5 46 UNKNOWN 056  
30-Nov-44 HOMBURG 151 34 -- -- -- --   No FC - Sqdn Rec's
04-Dec-44 BEBRA 152 35 41-29596 R Z5 72 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
10-Dec-44 BINGEN 154 36 44-40126 L Z5 30 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP  
25-Dec-44 PRONSFELD 158 ASSY 41-28697 Z Z5 A38 SPOTTED APE ASSEMBLY CREW


1Lt Donald E. Finlayson - Navigator

Lt. Finlayson's mission to Munich, July 11, 1944

Mission number four was on aircraft #108 [Envy of 'em All, II], attacking Marshalling Yards, duration 8:20 hours.  You probably are aware that the 8th decided to train bombardiers (normally manning the nose turret) in navigation, for obvious reasons.  On this particular mission, Jimmie [Bradley] sat at the navigators "desk" (ha! ha!) and I got into the nose turret.  As you know, "follow-aircraft" had the bombardier toggle when he sighted the lead ship drop its bombs.  Having been to gunnery school in Fort Meyers, FL, between Basic Navigation School and Advanced Navigation School (both in Monroe, LA) it was assumed I knew how to fire .50 caliber machine guns.  (Let alone "toggle"!!)  Well, try as I might, I could not "charge" the gun.  I kept pulling back on the crank [handle] to no effect.  My mind raced with the knowledge we were on a combat mission over enemy territory (might we be attacked by the Luftwaffe?) and my failure in the nose turret made me increasingly flustered, frightened, flailing, etc.


Unbeknownst to me, the hose from my oxygen mask became disconnected from the connection to the aircraft's supply, and I passed out.  Fortunately for me, Cookie just about then had a, "Is everybody all okay?" call over the intercom.  No reply from the unconscious Finlayson; Jimmie hand-cranked the nose turret, pulled me from it, and applied 100% oxygen.  Whether all these years since this near-death, I have been a little crazy, I leave to others to judge!!"

2Lt Don Finlayson's mission list