Crew 32 - Assigned 753rd Squadron - October 25, 1943
Shot down April 8, 1944 (MACR #3786)
|1Lt||Edward A Sievers||0745957||Pilot||08-Apr-44||POW||Unknown POW camp|
|2Lt||Billy J Driver||0693649||Co-pilot||08-Apr-44||POW||Stalag Luft I|
|2Lt||John B Slaughter||0694618||Navigator||08-Apr-44||POW||Stalag Luft I|
|2Lt||Ray F Pfautz||01020284||Bombardier||05-May-44||TRSF||Transferred to 466BG|
|T/Sgt||Howard B Levin||36042380||Radio Operator||08-Apr-44||POW||Stalag 17B|
|T/Sgt||Erwin G Reynolds||16132889||Flight Engineer||08-Apr-44||POW||Stalag Luft 4|
|S/Sgt||James O Stoneburner||35628764||Ball Turret Gunner||08-Apr-44||POW||Unknown POW camp|
|S/Sgt||Calvin J Sewell||18181874||Waist Gunner||08-Apr-44||POW||Stalag 17B|
|S/Sgt||Daniel F X Donahue, Jr||32709643||Waist Gunner||08-Apr-44||POW||Stalag 17B|
|S/Sgt||Harold L Stalnaker||34503453||Tail Turret Gunner||08-Apr-44||POW||Unknown POW camp|
Crew 32 was originally assigned with 2Lt Clayton E. Stambaugh as first pilot. For unknown reasons he was replaced by 2Lt Edward A. Sievers. Likewise Sgt. James Boyland, radio operator was replaced by T/Sgt Howard B. Levin, who joined the squadron at some point shortly after training. Prior to his assignment to the 458th, he was a crewman in B-25's in the 75th Bombardment Squadron (42nd Bomb Group).
For unknown reasons, 2Lt Ray Pfautz, the crew's bombardier, did not fly on April 8th. 2Lt William R. Dayson, navigator on Crew 34, was assigned to fly as the bombardier on Sievers crew. Lt Pfautz was transferred to the 466th Bombardment Group a little over a month after Sievers was lost.
Just before target was reached, Lt. Siever's aircraft was seen to salvo its bombs, peel off to the right, and drop down from 20,000 feet to about 16,000 feet. He then crossed to the left of the formation, losing more altitude. Ship was under control although #3 engine was smoking. Three (3) parachutes were observed and there are some reports that enemy fighters were attacking when the plane was last seen.
|Date||Target||458th Msn||Pilot Msn||Serial||RCL||Sqdn||A/C Msn||A/C Name||Comments|
|24-Feb-44||DUTCH COAST||D1||--||41-28721||--||J4||D1||DOWNWIND LEG||Diversion Mission|
|21-Mar-44||WATTEN, near ST. OMER||10||4||42-52392||O||J4||5||WABBIT TWACKS|
|05-Apr-44||ST. POL-SIRACOURT||16||8||42-52392||O||J4||11||WABBIT TWACKS|
|08-Apr-44||BRUNSWICK/WAGGUM||17||9||42-52392||O||J4||12||WABBIT TWACKS||FTR - FIGHTERS|
B-24H-15-FO 42-52392 J4 O Wabbit Twacks
"Easter Parade in the E.T.O."
An Eighth AAF Liberator Station, England.
All dressed up in the latest style electric-heated flying suits, armored vests and helmets, six members of the crew of their Liberator “Wabbit Twacks” sit on a nest of 500-pound “Easter Eggs” as they plan another visit to wish Hitler an unhappy Holiday. Their initial visit to the Reich was an attack on Berlin. Left to right at top are 2nd Lt. Billy J. Driver, Co-pilot, 5319 Richard St., Dallas, Texas; 2nd Lt. John S. Slaughter, Navigator, 972 Jason Ave., Akron, Ohio; 2nd Lt. Edward A. Sievers, Pilot, 5428 Fairview Ave., Downers Grove, Ill.; and S/Sgt. Howard B. Levin,Radio Operator, 3414 Elaine Place, Chicago, Ill. Working on a machine gun are Waist Gunners (L. to R.) S/Sgt. Daniel F. Donahue, 9418 – 46th Ave., Elmhurst, L.I., N.Y., andT/Sgt. Erwin G. Reynolds, Omro, Wisconsin.
This was an Eighth Air Force Public Relations photo shoot. While no dates are attached to this set of pictures, given the caption, it is most likely to have been run just prior to Easter Sunday. Sievers and crew were shot down on Saturday, April 8, 1944 - the day before Easter.