70 years ago... Going Home - June 1945
458BG is changing...
Please bear with me over the next few months while I adapt the old site into this new template.
About this website
This site is a tribute to those who served with the 458th Bomb Group during World War II. It is also a tribute to Crew 74, of which my father, Samuel D. Scorza, was a part. My father was assigned to the 458th Bombardment Group (H) in October 1943. He had just completed navigation training at San Marcos, Texas, and the group was nearing its final stages in assigning crews to the newly formed squadrons in Tonopah, Nevada. He became the navigator on Crew 74.. After training, they flew the 'Southern Route' to England in January 1944, arriving at Horsham St. Faith near Norwich in February. The group flew its first mission on March 2, 1944. Crew 74 completed their tour of 30 missions in June 1944.
When I first started researching my dad's crew, I was very disappointed at how little there was to be found on the 458th Bomb Group. Other than four volumes of a very good History of the 458th Bomb Group published many years ago by George Reynolds, the group's historian, there was not much on the 458th. Compared to some of the other bomb groups in the 8th Air Force, the 458th, it seemed, was a ghost group. That is one of the reasons for this website.
Over the course of the last several years I have found mission records, photos, Missing Air Crew Reports (MACR), and many other items of interest about the group. I became fascinated with all of those associated with the 458th. I have had the privilege to speak with numerous veterans over the phone, and many more via mail and email. Every single one of these men has been very forthcoming and generous in my numerous requests for information. It is because of their very kind contributions that this web page is possible.
It was the result of this continued correspondence with veterans and their families that allowed me to collaborate with two amazing individuals, Ron Mackay and Mike Bailey, in 2009. Together, we were able to put together a comprehensive history of the 458th Bomb Group from training in Tonopah, Nevada in the winter of 1943, through the German surrender in 1945. It was published by Schiffer Books in October 2010.
LIBERATORS OVER NORWICH
The 458th Bomb Group (H), 8th USAAF at Horsham St. Faith - 1944-1945
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This website is a work in progress. If you are in possession of photos, documents, stories, or other memorabilia from the group, please consider sharing it with the site and help preserve the history of this group.
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2014 was a big year for 458BG.com. A template change that occurred the previous year had placed all of the pages on the website into a state of disorganized chaos. Starting in February 2014 I began reformatting the entire site to fit the new template. This has allowed me to not only repair most of those crew pages that were currently on the site, but to also add content to them that had not been available when they were originally created. In addition to the crew pages, several other new pages and features, such as mission narratives, mission data, stories, a search function, aircraft pages, etc. have been added. Probably the biggest enhancement to the site is the Alphabetical Listing of personnel that was added in February.
Currently (end of December 2014) 200+ crew pages are complete with 40 to be reformatted. 84 crews still need to be added, although the majority (60) do not have a photo currently available. Work will continue to be done on all crew pages, mission data and aircraft pages until complete.
For a more detailed list of pages that were reformatted or added in 2014, click the "Previous Updates" link below.
01/31/15 - Added February 1945 to Mission Narratives
02/19/15 - Added 96th Combat Bomb Wing History links to Missions Page
02/28/15 - Added March 1945 to Mission Narratives
03/01/15 - Added mission data files for February & March 1945 to Missions Page
03/09/15 - Added April 1945 to Mission Narratives
03/10/15 - Added mission data files for April 1945 to Missions Page
03/17/15 - Added May 1945 to Mission Narratives
03/17/15 - Added "Trolley Missions" to Operations tab
06/11/15 - Reformat Ferriell Crew page (752nd Squadron)
06/17/15 - Identified Ferry Crews 12 (Ferriell), 32 (Dahm), and 38 (Hathorn)