458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Pollard Crew - Assigned 754th Squadron - November 17, 1944


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Transferred to 406th Night Leaflet Squadron

PollardCrew
Rank   Name  Serial #  Pos Date Status  Comments
2Lt Wallace M Pollard  0775027 Pilot 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113
2Lt Clifford D Merriott 0777753 Co-pilot 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113
F/O Norman F Silver T129757 Navigator 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113
2Lt Richard S Rokicki 0782962 Bombardier 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113 
Cpl Anthony R Szeman 35555264 Radio Operator 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113
Sgt Blythe R Smyth 13034948 Flight Engineer 03-Jan-45 KIA Russell County, VA
S/Sgt Arthur P McHugh 31138185  Armorer-Gunner  19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113
Cpl Robert J Morsey 33699374 Aerial Gunner 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113
Cpl Joseph L Thomas 34848097 Aerial Gunner 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113
Cpl William R White 36591217 Aerial Gunner 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113

On November 17, 1944 three combat crews were assigned to the 458th.  One crew, pilot 2Lt Hilburn F. Richards went to the 753rd Squadron; and two crews, those of 2Lt Raymond L. Hendrix and 2Lt Wallace M. Pollard came to the 754th.  None of these crews would be at Horsham for long.  On November 19th all three were transferred to the 406th Bombardment Squadron (Provisional) at AAF 113 near Cheddington.  From here these crews would be flying night operations, dropping leaflets on Germany.


On January 3, 1945 Sgt Blythe R. Smyth was flying in place of Sgt Charles A. McClain with the Hendrix crew on an operational mission,  when their aircraft crashed near Aston Clinton.  All ten men on board were killed in action.


Thanks to the excellent work of Mr. Thomas L. Ensminger and his website, The Carpetbagger Photographic Archives & Historical Research Center we have a brief glimpse into the activities of Pollard in this unit. Available interrogation forms show that Pollard's crew flew at least 12 night, and 2 daytime leaflet operations between March 16th to May 31, 1945.  Each of the nighttime missions were to multiple cities inside Germany, while the two daytime operations were to an area around Bad Neuheim.  The Station Log for this group has Pollard flying five additional missions during this same period, but no details are given.


The tables below show "Target" (or city location), Load (type of leaflet carried), Drop Time, Altitude at time of drop, Route out and back, and times for take off and landing.  It looks like Pollard was assigned the same A/C, B-24 42-51492 for the majority of his trips over the Continent. 


Missions with 406BS

PollardList
         
 March 16/17  Take off: 1900  Landed: 0150  Ship #492    
Target Load  DropTime   Altitude  Route / Notes
ST. GOAR 1T, 1-ZG-118, 1-ZG-115 2142 23000 Base-Dungeness-LeTreport-Tgts-Return same
SO BERNHEIM 1T, 1-ZG-118, 1-ZG-115 2153 21500  
KERN 1T, 1-ZG-118, 1-ZG-115 2155 21500  
ZELL 1T, 1-ZG-118, 1-ZG-115 2136 23500  
         
 March 19/20  Take off: 1920  Landed: 0305  Ship #492    
Target Load DropTime Altitude Route / Notes
SACHSENHAUSER 2T, 1-WG-48 2227 23000 Base-Dungeness-LeTreport-Tgts-4923NO5115-LeTreport-Dungeness-Base
OFFENBACH 2T, 1-WG-48 2228 23000  
SELIGENSTADT 2T, 1-WG-43 2230 22500  
AFSCHAFFENBURG 2T, 1-WG-43 2232 22500  
         
 March 20/21  Take off: 1900  Landed: 0050  Ship #492    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
DORSTEN 2T 2113 24500 Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-Tgts-Return same
HALTERN 2T 2116 24500  
DULMEN 2T 2117 24000  
MUNSTER 2T, 1-ZG-113 2122 24000  
BOESFELD 2T, 1-ZG-113 2128 24000  
         
 March 23/24  Take off: 1900  Landed: 0010  Ship #492    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
ESSEN 2T, 1-WG-46, 1-WG-47 2146 24000 Base-Cromer-Westkappelle- Targets-Back same
WATTENSCHIED 2T, 1-WG-46, 1-WG-47 2147 23500  
WANNE EICKEL 2T, 1-WG-46, 1-WG-47 2148 23500  
         
 March 24/25  Take off: 2005  Landed: 0125  Ship #756    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
WINTERSWIJK 2T, 1-ZG-120 2254 23500 Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-51-20N 05-00E-Tgts-51-40N 05-00E-Overflakkee-Cromer-Base
BORKEN 2T, 1-ZG-124 2256 23000  
RAESFELD 2T, 1-ZG-124 2258 23000  
DORSTEIN 2T, 1-ZG-124 2300 23000  
         
 March 25/26  Take off: 1910  Landed: 0100  Ship #492    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
RECKLINGHAUSEN 2T, 2-WG-47 2225 22000 Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-51-00N 06-00E-Targets-Overflakkee-Cromer-Base
CASTROP-RAUXEL 2T, 2-WG-47 2224 22500  
DORTMUND 2T, 2-WG-47 2223 23000  
         
 March 27/28  Take off: 1900  Landed: 0012  Ship #492    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
HERTEN (RECKLINGHAUSEN) 1T, 2-WG-47 2132 21500 Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-Targets-Back same
SODINGEN (HERENE) 1T, 2-WG-47 2133 21500  
ALTEN BOCHUM 1T, 2-WG-47 2134 21500  
STELLE (ESSEN) 1T, 2-WG-47 2136 21000  
         
 April 5/6  Take off: 2030  Landed: 0430  Ship #492    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
NEUSTADT 1T, 1-ZG-120, 1-ZG127 2336 22000 Base-Dungeness-LeTreport-4950N-0400E-Tgts-4935N-0400E-LeTreport-Dungeness-Base
ANSBACH 1T, 1-ZG-120, 1-ZG127 2341 21500  
EUCHATWANIEN 1T, 1-ZG-121, 1-ZG127 2344 21500  
GAILDORF 1T, 1-ZG-121, 1-ZG127 2354 21500  
         
 April 8/9  Take off: 2035  Landed: 0300  Ship #492    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
ST. NAZAIRE 3T, 1-ZG-123, 1-WG-49A, 1-ZG-116 2337 11500 Base-Portland Bill-4850N 0400W-Targets-4850N 0400W-Portland Bill-Reading?-Base
LORIENT 3T, 1-ZG-123, 1-WG-49A, 1-ZG-116 2310 11500  
         
 April 9/10  Take off: 2035  Landed: 0255  Ship #492    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
DENKLINGEN 2T, 1-ZG-61 0005 21000 Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-5030N 0720E-Tgts-Overflakkee-Cromer-Base
KREUZTAL 2T, 1-ZG-90 0015 20000  
HILCHENBACH 2T, 1-ZG-90 0013 20000  
KIRCHHEIM 2T, 1-ZG-61 0013 20500  
         
 April 10/11  Take off: 2045  Landed: 0520  Ship #492    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
STUTTGART 1-VG-2, 1-ZG-127, 1-ZG-120 0130 22000 Base-Dungeness-LeTreport-Targets-Back same
ANSBACH 1-VG-2, 1-ZG-127, 1-ZG-120 0108 21500  
NEUSTADT 1-VG-2, 1-ZG-127, 1-VF-3 0102 21000  
BAMBERG 1-VG-2, 1-ZG-127, 1-VF-3 0057 21000  
         
 April 12/13  Take off: 2035  Landed: 0200  Ship #492    
Target Load  Drop Time  Altitude Route / Notes
REMSCHEID 1T, 1-VF-4, 1-WG-51 2314 21000 Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-Tgts-5147N 0150E-Cromer-Base
WUPPERTAL 1T, 1-VF-4, 1-WG-51, 10 PIGEONS 2312 21000  
HAGEN 1T, 1-VF-4, 1-WG-51 2309 21500  
SCHWERTE 1T, 1-VF-4, 1-WG-51 2308 22000  
         
 May 29  Take off: 1030  Landed: 1525  Ship #492    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
BAD NEUHEIM 12-DPF-2 1253 600 ROUTE: Base-Clacton-North Beveland-Target-Back same
        NEAR BAD NEUHEIM IS AN OPEN FIELD NEXT TO A ROAD JUNCTION THAT
IS 2 MILES NW OF BAD NEUHEIM, 30-22N 08-41E. A "W" SHAPED PANEL WILL DESIGNATE POINT TO DROP.
         
 May 31  Take off: 1033  Landed: 1612  Ship #492    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
BAD NEUHEIM 12-DPF-2 1327 700 Base-Clacton-5129N 0321E-Target-Back same

Mission information compiled from Interrogation Forms found on the download page at www.801492.org