458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

B-24J-5-FO 42-50768  Arise My Love and Come With Me

Public Relations: Members of Crew 61 pose in front of Arise My Love and Come With Me

RZI - Salvaged in Altus, OK - October 1945

Arguably one of the more iconic photos to come out of the Eighth Air Force in World War II is the image of the 755BS crew of Captain Howard W. Slaton in front of Arise My Love and Come With Me on its Horsham hardstand.  The photo appears to depict a battle-weary crew upon their return from a combat mission, but the truth is a little different.  According to John Woodford, navigator on the crew, this was a staged PR photo shoot.  The crew were not flying on this particular date, and had the day off.  According to Woodford, none of them were thrilled to be chosen to don full flight gear and go down to the flight line to pose for pictures for a couple of hours.

It is uncertain exactly when this aircraft arrived at the 458th.  Its first mission was on July 18, 1944.  Before war's end, the aircraft had flown 53 combat missions while only aborting two times.  The aircraft was first assigned to the 754BS (Z5) and was transferred to the 755BS (J3) in October 1944.  In mid-December it was again transferred, this time to the 753BS (J4), where it was to remain for the remainder of the war.

Missions

AriseMyLoveMissions
Date  Target  Pilot 458th Msn Pilot Msn  Cmd Pilot Ld RCL Sqdn A/C Msn  Comments
18-Jul-44 TROARN LAMERS 93 11 FREEMAN L2 A Z5 1  
19-Jul-44 KEMPTEN LOCKRIDGE 94 ABT HINCKLEY L2 A Z5 -- ABORT - INSTRUMENTS DEFECTIVE
21-Jul-44 MUNICH SLATON 96 29 CLAGGETT L1 A Z5 2  
02-Aug-44 3 NO BALLS LOCKRIDGE 101 11 HINCKLEY L2 A Z5 3  
05-Aug-44 BRUNSWICK/WAGGUM  LOCKRIDGE 105 12 LaROCHE L1 A Z5 4  
08-Aug-44 CLASTRES DANE 108 9     A Z5 5  
12-Aug-44 MOURMELON LOCKRIDGE 111 13 O'NEILL L1 A Z5 6  
13-Aug-44 LIEUREY GABRIEL 112 11     A Z5 7  
15-Aug-44 VECHTA LOCKRIDGE 114 14 GORRELL L2 A Z5 8  
25-Aug-44 TERTRE DANE 119 11     A Z5 9 HYDRAULICS SHOT OUT BY FLAK
09-Sep-44 MAINZ BENO 124 2 CLAGGETT L2 A Z5 10  
11-Sep-44 MAGDEBURG LOCKRIDGE 126 16 CLAGGETT  L2 A Z5 11  
14-Oct-44 COLOGNE DYER 133 2     A Z5 12  
17-Oct-44 COLOGNE BOWERS 135 5     A Z5 13  
30-Oct-44 HARBURG EVANS 139 21 BETZOLD L4 J J3 14  
05-Nov-44 KARLSRUHE EVANS 142 22 SIMES L3 J J3 15 BALL TURRET
08-Nov-44 RHEINE FLOYD 144 17     J J3 16  
16-Nov-44 ESCHWEILER MORAN 147 11 BREEDING L Y J3 17  
11-Dec-44 HANAU GLAGOLA 155 32     Y J4 18  
24-Dec-44 SCHONECKEN GLAGOLA 157 33     Y J4 19  
28-Dec-44 ST. WENDEL LaJEUNESSE 160 3     Y J4 20  
08-Jan-45 STADTKYLL SEALY 167 16     Y J4 21  
13-Jan-45 KAISERLAUTERN WILLIAMS, DG 169 6     Y J4 22  
14-Jan-45 HALLENDORF WILBURN 170 6     Y J4 23  
17-Jan-45 HARBURG O'REGAN 172 3     Y J4 24  
29-Jan-45 MUNSTER HARTSWICK 175 2     Y J4 25  
06-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG HOEY 178 21     Y J4 26 ABORT - SORTIE - MAJ BATTLE DMG 
14-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG GARDNER 181 4     Y J4 27  
15-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG GARDNER 182 5     Y J4 28  
21-Feb-45 NUREMBERG WILBURN 185 10     Y J4 29  
22-Feb-45 PEINE-HILDESHEIM SPRATT 186 ABT     Y J4 -- ABORT - WILBURN ON FC
23-Feb-45 GERA-REICHENBACH WILBURN 187 11     Y J4 30  
24-Feb-45 BIELEFELD BROWN, R 188 3     Y J4 31  
25-Feb-45 SCHWABISCH-HALL WILBURN 189 12     Y J4 32  
26-Feb-45 BERLIN BROWN, R 190 4     Y J4 33 GROUP 200TH MISSION
27-Feb-45 HALLE BECKSTROM 191 28     Y J4 34  
07-Mar-45 SOEST KELLY 198 12     Y J4 35  
08-Mar-45 DILLENBURG WILBURN 199 15     Y J4 36  
10-Mar-45 ARNSBURG MONTGOMERY  201 2     Y J4 37  
12-Mar-45 FRIEDBURG WILBURN 202 16     Y J4 38  
19-Mar-45 LEIPHEIM BROWN, R 207 10     Y J4 39  
21-Mar-45 HESEPE McCOY 209 13     Y J4 40  
22-Mar-45 KITZINGEN WILBURN 210 18     Y J4 41  
23-Mar-45 OSNABRUCK BROWN, R 211 11     Y J4 42  
24-Mar-45 NORDHORN WILBURN 212 19     Y J4 43  
25-Mar-45 HITZACKER CARTER 214 1     Y J4 44  
30-Mar-45 WILHELMSHAVEN KELLY 215 17     Y J4 45  
31-Mar-45 BRUNSWICK WILBURN 216 20     Y J4 46  
04-Apr-45 PERLEBERG WILLIAMS, DG 217 26     Y J4 47  
05-Apr-45 PLAUEN WILBURN 218 21     Y J4 48  
07-Apr-45 KRUMMEL WILBURN 220 22     Y J4 49  
09-Apr-45 LECHFELD BROWN, R 222 16     Y J4 50  
10-Apr-45 RECHLIN/LARZ WILBURN 223 24     Y J4 51  
16-Apr-45 LANDSHUT HACKEY 227 4     Y J4 52  
18-Apr-45 PASSAU CARTER 228 9     Y J4 53


Return to Zone of Interior - June 1945

1Lt Chesleigh D. Wilburn Crew along with several ground men, preparing to depart Horsham St Faith for the States
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Back Row: Unknown, "Tex" Wilburn, Unknown, John Kowalczuk (Dooley Crew-B), Bob Henn, Unknown, Unknown
Middle Row: Oscar Gaff - far left, Leroy Fischer - 2nd from right
Front Row: Joe Straus - far left, Unknown, Unknown, Van Taylor, Bern Lehman, Dick Bateman


Disposition

B-24J-5 FO 42-50768        A     Z5 (754)    ARISE MY LOVE AND COME WITH ME
            NMF                    J     J3 (755)
                                      Y     J3 (755)
                                      Y     J4 (753)
Lead aircraft.
RCM equipment.
Transferred from 754th BS to 755th BS between 14 & 30 Oct 44, radio call letter changed from J to Y between 8 & 16 Nov 44 and transferred from 755th BS to 753rd BS between 16 Nov & 11 Dec 44.
Repaired at Woodbridge, Suffolk, 25 & 26 Aug 44 - hydraulic system and control cables.
RZI. (Arrived at Altus, OK, 29 Oct 45 for storage and subsequent salvage).

(Info courtesy: Tom Brittan)