458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Richards Crew - Assigned 753rd Squadron - November 17, 1944

Back row, Standing: Alfred Hinson - G, Harold Pitcher - E, John Railton - G, Joseph Ginter - N. 
Middle row: Louis Borosch - B, Hilburn Richards - P, Emmet Risz - CP
Front Row: Walter Schub - G, Aldis McGill - G, William Walsh - RO

(Courtesy: Doug Pitcher, via www.801492.org)

Transferred to 406th Night Leaflet Squadron

RichardsCrew
Rank  Name  Serial #  Pos Date Status  Comments
2Lt Hilburn F Richards 0721862 Pilot 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113 
F/O Emmet L Risz T4294 Co-pilot 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113
F/O Joseph W Ginter T131831 Navigator 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113
F/O Louis W Borosch, Jr  T5592 Bombardier 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113
Cpl William J Walsh 33788895  Radio Operator 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113
Sgt Harold W Pitcher 16111844 Flight Engineer 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113
Cpl Alfred N Hinson 14193927 Aerial Gunner 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113
Cpl Aldis J McGill 36899316 Aerial Gunner 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113
Cpl John R Railton, Jr 39577032 Aerial Gunner 19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113
Cpl Walter E Schub 31378435 Armorer-Gunner  19-Nov-44 TRSF Trsfr to 406th Bomb SQ AAF 113

On November 17, 1944 three combat crews were assigned to the 458th.  Two crews, those of 2Lt Wallace M. Pollard and 2Lt Raymond L. Hendrix went to the 754th Squadron; and 2Lt Hilburn F. Richards and crew came to the 753rd.  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.

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 Richards in this unit. Richards' crew flew at least 22 night leaflet operations between March 16th to April 15, 1945.  Each of these missions were to multiple cities inside Germany.

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 Richards was assigned the same A/C, B-24 41-28880 for the majority of his trips over the Continent. 

Missions with the 406BS

RichardsList
         
 March 16/17   Take off: 1905  Landed: 0125  Ship #880    
Target Load  Drop Time   Altitude  Route / Notes
RHEIN-? 1T, 1-ZG.118 2143 22,000 Base-Dungeness-LeTreport-Tgts-Return same
NEUWID 1T, 1-ZG.118 2145 21,500  
BERNDORF(?) 1T, 1-ZG.118 2147 21,000  
KOBLENZ 1T, 1-ZG.118, 1-ZG.113, 1-ZG.115 2148 20,500  
OBER-LAHNSTEIN 1T, 1-ZG.118 2149 20,500  
         
 March 18/19   Take off: 1906  Landed: 0210  Ship #880    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
BISCHOFFHEIM 2T, 1-WG.43 2219 21,000 Base-Dungeness-LeTreport-Tgts-Return same
RUSSELHEIM 2T, 1-WG.43 2218 21,000  
EDDESSHEIM 2T, 1-WG.43 2217 21,000  
HOCHST 2T, 1-WG.43 2215 21,500  
         
 March 20/21   Take off: 1906  Landed: 0206  Ship #880    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
MAINZ 2T, 1-ZG.97, 1-ZG.116 2159 21,000 Base-Dungeness-LeTreport-Tgts-Return same
OPPENHEIM 1T, 1-ZG.97 2202 20,500  
WORMS 2T, 1-ZG.97, 1-ZG.116 2206 20,000  
FRANKENTHAL 1T, 1-ZG.97 2208 20,500  
         
 March 22/23  Take off: 1904  Landed: 0008  Ship #880    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
RECKLINGHAUSEN 3T, 1-WG.46 2139 22,000 Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-Tgts-Return same
DORTMUND 3T, 1-WG.46 2143 21,500  
HAGEN 3T, 1-WG.46 2146 21,500  
         
 March 23/24   Take off: 1901  Landed: 0005  Ship #880    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
ROSRATH 1T, 1-ZG.90, 1-ZG.115 2153 22,000 Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-Targets-Back same
MUCH 1T, 1-ZG.90, 1-ZG.115 2156 21,500  
EITORF 1T, 1-ZG.90, 1-ZG.115 2159 21,000  
UCKERATH 1T, 1-ZG.90, 1-ZG.115 2200 21,000  
         
 March 24/25   Take off: 1906  Landed: 2357  Ship #880    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
HERNE 2T, 1-WG.47 2141 22,500 Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-Tgts-Return same
CASTROP-RAUXEL 2T, 1-WG.47 2142 22,000  
DORTMUND 2T, 1-WG.47 2144 21,500  
BOCHUM 2T, 1-WG.47 2147 21,000  
         
 March 25/26   Take off: 1915  Landed: 0041  Ship #880    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
ENSCHEDE 1T 2149 22,000 Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-Targets-Back same
MUNSTER 2T, 1-ZG.120 2159 21,500  
LUDENHAUSEN 1T, 1-ZG.120 2206 20,000  
DULMEN 1T, 1-ZG.120 2208 20,500  
COESFELD 2T, 2-ZG.120 2211 20,500  
         
 March 27/28   Take off: 1907  Landed: 0012  Ship #880    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
COESFELD 2T, 1-ZG.120 2130 22,500 Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-Targets-Back same
MUNSTER 2T, 1-ZG.120 2136 22,000  
LUDWIGSHAFEN 2T 2140 21,000  
DULMEN 2T 2144 21,000  
HALTERN 2T 2147 20,000  
         
 April 1/2   Take off: 1909  Landed: 0146  Ship #880    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
BENTHEIM NOT BOMBED -- -- Bomb Rack Trouble
IBBENBUREN? NOT BOMBED -- -- Bomb Rack Trouble
OSNABRUCK 5-ZG.121, 5T, 2-ZG.119 2135 21,500 ROUTE: Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-Tgts-Return same
BARGHOLZHAUSEN NOT BOMBED -- -- Bomb Rack Trouble
         
 April 3/4   Take off: 2036  Landed: 0239  Ship #880    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
MEPPEN 1T, 1-ZG.120, 1-ZG.121 2253 22,000 ROUTE: Base-Cromer-5249N 0440E-Tgts-Return same
QUAKENBRUCK 1T, 1-ZG.120, 1-ZG.121 -- -- Not bombed - Rack trouble
DIEPHOLZ 1T, 1-ZG.120, 1-ZG.121 -- -- Not bombed - Rack trouble
NIENBURG 1T, 1-ZG.120, 1-WG.43, 1-ZG.121 2310 21,500  
         
 April 5/6   Take off: 2035  Landed: 0249  Ship #880    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
SOEST 1T, 1-ZG.69, 1-ZG.123, 1-ZG.127 2348 21,000 Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-Tgts-Return same
ARNSBERG 1T, 1-ZG.123 2353 21,000  
MESCHEINE 1T, 2-ZG.69, 1-ZG.123, 2-ZG.127 2355 21,500  
         
 April 8/9   Take off: 2033  Landed: 0223  Ship #880    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
?-NEUSTADT 3-T357, 1-ZG.125 2341 21,500 Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-Targets-Back same
OLFE 3-T357, 1-ZG.125 2344 21,000  
KREUZTAL 3-T357, 1-ZG.125 2341 20,500  
         
 April 9/10   Take off: 2030  Landed: 0023  Ship #880    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
HAARLEM 2-XH-108 2239 20,500 Base-Cromer-5224N 0433E-Tgts-5200N 0418E-Cromer-Base
AMSTERDAM 4-XH-108 2242 20,501  
ROTTERDAM 4-XH-108 2254 20,502  
THE HAGUE 2-XH-108 2251 20,503  
         
 April 10/11   Take off: 2107  Landed: 0311  Ship #880    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
BREMEN 10T, 2-WG.2 0015 22,000 Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-Target-Back same
         
 April 11/12   Take off: 2036  Landed: 0301  Ship #880    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
VISSELHOVEDE 1T, 1-ZG.120 2333 20,000 Base-Cromer-Overflakkee-Tgts-Westkappelle- Clacton-Base
BERGEN 1T, 1-ZG.120 2338 19,000  
SOLTAU 2T, 1-ZG.120, 2-ZG.121 2342 18,000  
TOSTEDT NOT BOMBED -- -- Engine failure
ROTHENBURG 1T, 1-ZG.120, 1-ZG.125 2330 21,000  
         
 April 12/13   Take off: 2036  Landed: 0239  Ship #824    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude  Route / Notes
EMIEN? 2-VG.3A 2250 21,000 Base-Cromer-5314N 0528E-Targets-Overflakkee-Cromer-Base
WILHELMSHAVEN 2-VG.3A 2300 21,500  
HAMBURG 4-VG.3A 2321 22,000  
BREMEN 4-VG.3A 2337 21,000  
         
 April 13/14   Take off: 2030  Landed: 0235  Ship #492    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
EMEIN? 2T, 4-WG.52 2314 21,000 Base-Cromer-Tgts-5140N 0620E-Westkappelle- Cromer-Base
BREMERHAVEN 2T, 4-WG.53 2321 21,500  
         
 April 14/15   Take off: 2031  Landed: 0312  Ship #824    
Target Load Drop Time Altitude Route / Notes
LA ROCHELLE 4T, 1-ZG.67 2354 20,000 Base-Portland Bill-4852N 0305W-Targets-Back same
ROYAN 3T, 1-ZG.67 0006 20,000  
PT. DeGRAVE 3T 0008 20,000

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