5/14 Landed Scotland
#1 (Fr.) Evreaux Fauville (Airdrome) 24-250 G.P. (runway) Saw heavy flak one hole in tail
#2 (Fr.) Domleger (rocket emplacement) 12-500 G.P. (saw strike target) saw thick shrapnel below one red hot burst 2 holes in waist number holes in L. wing
#3 (Fr.) Tours (Airdrome) 10-500 G.P. (Hit runway, was in top turret at time) felt flak took turret when Schaffer was hit in head left turret when on grnd. 3 holes tail, 1 turret, dent cowl #2
#4 (Ger.) Ostermoor (oil refinery) 12-500 GP (saw bombs strike target, heavy smoke, flames) saw flak smoke pots lost #2 Eng. When left enemy coast Took Turret xmtr. wouldnt tune 3 red-red flares on landing 2 .50 cal holes in rudder from another ship on ground before mission
Abortion (Berlin) lost 3 engines on takeoff fired flare turned off end of runway
Abortion gear jammed down after take off finally went up few min. After #2 engine out and feathered - #1 running away and on fire salvoed 18 - 250 lb. bombs in open field at 800 landing on runway Abt. Ό mi. beyond fired 2-red-red fl. On approach 2 bombs exploded in air below ship rest in field 2 bombs hung up in Bombay landed with both bombs found it was RAF Mosquito base ate lunch came back in G.I. truck
#5 (Fr.) Paris (Conches) (Airdrome) 12-500 GP hangers & runways made 2nd run heavy fl. below on 1st run - #4 smoking all way over - OK though in top turret most of mission saw rockets
Abortion got to 20,500 lost #1 & #3 supercharger lost alt. (were attempting 24,000) one gear jammed up later came down landed with bombs 12-500 GPs
#6 (Ger.) Kiel (U-Boat Yards) 6-500 GP, 6-500 incend. clust. Light flak on run heavy at target -4 rockets saw bombs hit fires. In top turret to home flak in front (P-51s) on way back near Ger. Coast
#7 Ger. Lutzkendorf (oil refinery) 10-500 G.P. in top turret all way over & back to Ger. Coast when #3 lost called distress sta. hit Eng. Coast O.K. only 1 gun in turret saw planes fall at target heavy flak on run at target rockets lost #3 over Zieder Zee 3 flares on landing
#8 Ger. Munich (rail yards) 40-100 GP in top turret till after run gun cable burnt up heavy flak at target was in other formation Gas low left formation got 3 QTFs fuses out ice over chann. Saw strip at coast landed late more gas skidded off runway twice. Home. Contrails
#9 Fr. Resmaisnil (fly bomb site) 24-250 GP 2 bombs hung in bomb bay close flak (salvoed)
#10 Fr. Troarn (Troop Concentration) 48-100 GP heavy flak 3 holes left wing didnt drop bombs ran off end of runway tug pulled us out of dirt saw white flak bursts (S. balls) low take off!
Abortion Eisenach oil pump out lost #1 landed wi. Bombs 12-500G.P.
#11 Ger. Munich (Jet-Plane Factory) 10-500 G.P.- in top tur. Till chann. Way back Contrails intense flak at target very close - #3 hit 9 holes at bombs away cowl covered with oil feathered 15 min. after saw fighter go down chute wi. 24 #1 jet. Guns tuned up no need 20 holes in ship
#12 Fr. St. Lo (troop Concentration) 52-100 GP at 12,000 snowballs traffic saw bombs hit also heard bomber went down 2 chutes one in bomb area no bombs dropped short tho voice on int. reported bombs dropped on run everyone denies saying so ???
#13 Ger. Ludwigshafen (Poison Gas Plant Syn. Oil Plant) 24-250 GP in top tur. undercast - ship in front hit after b. away man bailed above our tail spin windshield broken in front Jones face by flak 8 holes in ship big hole in waist aileron heavy flak over target
#14 Fr. Belloy (robot bomb site) 24-250 G.P. undercast saw no flak didnt drop bombs Schaff. R. gun fired 2 shots L/ rudder wasnt called for briefing just made it.
#15 Fr. Wadicourt (robot bomb site) 24-250 G.P. blew #1 Cil. Head & feathered over target fighter dove over us to rear lagged behind dodged flak 5 pic. #1 - #4 oil press. Low got flak out of nose from prev. miss. saw red s. bomb go down
#16 Ger. Hamburg (oil ref 12-500) 23,000 Terrific flak (240 guns) like thunder 4 holes -slammed ship all over sky lost 3 planes
#17 Bel. Ghent (oil refinery) 48-100 13,000 7,000 crossed target 4 times no flak
#18 Gr. Saarbrucken (rail yards) 5-1000 18000 int. flak 4 holes rode tur. ship above 9 men bailed out over target ship stayed up
#19 Fr. Ground supp. SW of Seine Rv (road crossing) 48-100 GP 17,000 hit roads Flak & Snowballs
#20 Fr. Metz (Aircraft eng-plant) 12-500 GP cathedral at Chartres beautiful 2 rock. Over target flak from burning field returning Pic. Of target railyards lead planes collided in back 8 wing gone (OK In Fr.) herman lost Q.A.C. on landing hayfield afire fm. Flames left target in flames landed low on gas
Abortion Berlin [Target was an airfield at Finow crews were given credit for this mission in November]
#21 Ger. Karlsruhe 10-500 G.P. (marshalling yards & repair shops) flew wi. Hauser saw PFF bombs go down hit shops lots smoke moderate flak at target flew through cloud way in lost Mike in cloud 25,500 over cloud bank Airdromes destroyed Mike MIA (home next night 11:00)
#22 Ger. Mainz (marshalling yard 20-250) Heavy flak no damage
[After September 11, 1944 the 458th came off of combat operations in order to ferry gasoline to General Pattons supply starved 3rd Army in France. Flying a borrowed B-24 from the 44th BG, the rather eventful Truckin Mission below was the Wagner crews last of this type. They flew 8 of these in September. See section above]
9-22-44 3,600 gal gas (100-80) crashed on Clustres airdrome France R. landing gear gave way on landing folded back slowly wing hit runway at aprox. 80 M.P.H. (fired R-G flare when gear started) swerved off runway hit control truck tearing R. wing off at #4 eng. Also #4 prop & nose turret hit Jeep (T. loss) shearing off #3 prop hit nose P-51 spinning it around. Wag., C.P., Shaf., Russ, & I went out top hatch Starr & Passenger out waist window gas poured out wing but didnt burn. Nose gone from Nav. Dome forward fus. Broke behind wing both rudders smashed also stab Russ cut on head & C.P. later discovered had broken back sent to hosp.
#23 Ger. Gaggenau 12-500 INC. clust. D.B. Motor works New P. [pilot, Lt Leroy E. McGough] Temp -30 at 24,300 flew very tight form. (Pic) flak crossing Siegfried Line both ways. Could see Swiss pass
#24 Ger. Stade 12-500 INC cl. A.F. & hangers Took pic of coast out (-25deg) Passed over 3 A.F. on long bomb run. Flak no damage near Hamburg
#25 Ger. Cologne 16-250, 4-500 inc. cl. -33deg cloud over target saw inc. hit field not ours heavy flak 5 holes pic. of holes
#26 Ger. Mainz 12-250, 6-500 inc. cl. -40deg cloud over target heavy flak 7 holes Pic. of flak & Br. Mar. over target in turret ice on dome
#27 Ger. Harburg (20-250 oil ref.) clouds heavy flak behind us mew man along today things worked good.
#28 Ger Karlsruhe (4-,2000 GP railyards) -31deg cloud over target 1 bomb hung-up fell through door in Ger. I kicked door off over FA [France]. mod. Flak at target very rough air coming back & rain found piece flak in bomb bay 1 pic.
#29 Ger. Rheine (12-500 rail yards) lost formation in cloud went alone to Holl. Caught form. silver tails went to 27,000 to get over clouds came home alone #1 feathered 30 min late
#30 Fa. Metz (fort in woods 3-2,000 -40deg) ground supp. ice on wings, engines & tail still dark at take-off dropped just over lines QAM over FA. rain at field Almost hit other plane in pattern saw bombs hit target.
#31 Ger. Harburg (12-500 oil ref) -32deg used spare ship bombs dropped along run saw one hit AF our bombs hit highway bridge & city oil fires Hydraulic system hit aileron cables hit interph. out gas tank hit 10 holes tug dragged us off runway.
#35 Ger. Hanau
Courtesy: Gene Roberts