458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Robinson Crew - Assigned 753rd Squadron - February 17, 1945

2Lt Aaron C. Robinson Crew (L-R)

Back Row: Roy Lint - RO, Lloyd Milton - TG, Eugene Kunzman - BTG, George O'Hare - NTG, Jerry Provenzano - TTG, Henry Hall - E
Front Row: A.C. Robinson - P, Bill Stroud - CP, Norvan Bourland - N
(Photo: Scott Bourland)

Robinson Crew - Flying at the End of Hostilities

Name

 Pos

 Status

 Date

 Notes

 2Lt Aaron C. Robinson

FEH 

 18 Apr 1945

 Last mission - Passau, Ger
 2Lt Billie H. Stroud

CP 

FEH 

 18 Apr 1945

 Last mission - Passau, Ger
 2Lt Norvan E. Bourland

FEH 

 18 Apr 1945

 Last mission - Passau, Ger
 S/Sgt Henry R. Hall

FEH 

 18 Apr 1945

 Last mission - Passau, Ger
 S/Sgt Roy A. Lint

RO 

FEH 

 18 Apr 1945

 Last mission - Passau, Ger
 Sgt George J. O'Hare

NTG 

FEH 

 18 Apr 1945

 Last mission - Passau, Ger
 Sgt Jerome C. Provenzano

TTG 

FEH 

 18 Apr 1945

 Last mission - Passau, Ger
 Sgt Eugene P. Kunzman

BTG 

FEH 

 18 Apr 1945

 Last mission - Passau, Ger
 Sgt Lloyd K. Milton

TG 

FEH 

 18 Apr 1945

 Last mission - Passau, Ger

The Robinson crew was assigned to the 753rd Squadron on February 17, 1945.  Their first mission on March 9, 1945, was flown in TEN GUN DOTTIE whose nose was adorned with a blonde in a denim outfit sporting two six guns.  Their target was the marshalling yards at Osnabruck, Germany.  This would be the fifth time that the 458th had flown to Osnabruck and one more trip to this target would be in store for the crews towards the end of March 1945.

The Robinson crew flew several of the group’s “veteran” Liberators, as was often the case for new crews coming in.  TEN GUN DOTTIE was a relatively “New” ship – with only 36 combat missions to her credit before Robinson took her to Osnabruck.  After that there was PAPPY YOKUM with 68 missions, TIME’S A WASTIN’ with 71 missions and MISS USED with 50.  The crew flew this ship twice in a row in March.  The first time was on the 24th to Kirtorf, Germany to bomb the airfield and again on March 30th to the much-targeted submarine pens at Wilhelmshaven on Germany’s northern coast.

The 753rd operations office saved the most war weary of the squadron’s Liberators for what would turn out to be the crew's last credited mission over Germany on April 18, 1945.  This ship, a B-24J named TABLE STUFF, had 86 missions to her credit when the Robinson crew took her on her 87th trip over the Continent to the marshalling yards at Passau, Germany.  This was one of the ten original AZON ships that came to the group in May 1944 to partake in experimental guided bombing methods that had been recently developed in the States.  The aircraft was apparently very well maintained as the crew made it there and back with no difficulties.

Their last mission on April 25, 1945 would never take place.  While on the formation plans to fly another original AZON ship, HOWLING BANSHEE, the crew are listed as NTO (No Take Off).  The reason for this is not noted in the group’s records.  The mission on this date to a railroad junction near Bad Reichenhall, Germany was the last combat mission flown by the 8th Air Force against Germany before the war ended eleven days later.

Two days prior to this on April 23rd, the crew’s navigator 2Lt Norvan Bourland was transferred to the 755th Squadron, presumably to be trained as a lead navigator (the 755th squadron was comprised of only lead crews).  With the war’s end on the 25th this training was no longer needed, and he was transferred back to the 753rd on May 17, 1945.


Robinson Crew Missions

DATE

 TARGET

PILOT

458th Msn #

Pilot Msn#

Cmd Pilot

LD

Serial

RCL

Sqdn

A/C Msn #

 A/C Name

MIA

Notes

09-Mar-45

 OSNABRUCK

ROBINSON

200

1

 

 

44-10602

E

J4

37

 TEN GUN DOTTIE

 

 

17-Mar-45

 HANNOVER

ROBINSON

205

2

 

 

42-110059

T

Z5

69

 PAPPY YOKUM

 

 

21-Mar-45

 HESEPE

ROBINSON

209

3

 

 

42-110163

M

J4

72

TIME'S A WASTIN

 

 

24-Mar-45

 KIRTORF

ROBINSON

213

4

 

 

44-40277

P

J4

51

 MISS USED

 

 

30-Mar-45

 WILHELMSHAVEN

ROBINSON

215

5

 

 

44-40277

P

J4

53

 MISS USED

 

 

02-Apr-45

 TIRSTROP

ROBINSON

--

--

 

 

42-50555

A

J4

--

 BABY SHOES

 

ABANDONED

04-Apr-45

 PERLEBERG

ROBINSON

217

6

 

 

42-50912

D

J4

31

THE TRAVLIN' BAG

 

 

06-Apr-45

 HALLE

ROBINSON

219

7

 

 

41-28980

V

J4

37

 UNKNOWN 009

 

 

07-Apr-45

 KRUMMEL

ROBINSON

220

8

 

 

44-50539

B

J4

9

 UNKNOWN 045

 

FLYING w/466TH "C" GROUP

09-Apr-45

 LECHFELD

ROBINSON

222

9

 

 

41-28980

V

J4

39

 UNKNOWN 009

 

 

10-Apr-45

 RECHLIN/LARZ

ROBINSON

223

10

 

 

42-51200

F

J4

12

 STINKY

 

 

14-Apr-45

 POINTE DE GRAVE

ROBINSON

225

ABT

 

 

42-51200

F

J4

--

 STINKY

 

ABORT

18-Apr-45

 PASSAU

ROBINSON

228

11

 

 

44-40285

H

J4

87

 TABLE STUFF

 

 

25-Apr-45

 BAD REICHENHALL

ROBINSON

230

NTO

 

 

44-40273

T

J4

--

HOWLING BANSHEE

 

NO TAKE OFF

                                                                     Mission list compiled from 458th records


B-24J-65-CF 44-10602 J3 A "Ten Gun Dottie" & SAV target photo - Osnabruck, Germany

Photo courtesy: Mike Bailey

 

Photo courtesy: Jim Hartswick


B-24JAZ-155-CO 44-40277 J4 P "Miss Used" & SAV target photo - Kirtorf, Germany

Photo courtesy: Mike Bailey

 

Photo courtesy: Jim Hartswick


B-24JAZ-155-CO 44-40285 J4 H "Table Stuff" & Passau marshalling yards, June 1945

Photo courtesy: Mike Bailey

 

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