458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Barnhart Crew - Assigned 754th Squadron - July 10, 1944


Crew Photo Needed


Transferred to 44BG

BarnhartECrew
Rank  Name  Serial #  Pos Date Status  Comments
1Lt Elvin L Barnhart 0821198 Pilot 13-Aug-44 TRSF Transfer to 44th BG
1Lt Harry S Stubbs 0827834 Co-Pilot 13-Aug-44 TRSF Transfer to 44th BG
2Lt John D Foley 0713158 Navigator 13-Aug-44 TRSF Transfer to 44th BG
2Lt Gordon C Woodland 0769206 Bombardier 13-Aug-44 TRSF Transfer to 44th BGG
Sgt Kenneth D Dagley 12082157 Radio Operator 13-Aug-44 TRSF Transfer to 44th BG
S/Sgt Kenneth J G Waitt 37491890 Flight Engineer 13-Aug-44 TRSF Transfer to 44th BG
Sgt Robert A Bostwick 12219539 Armorer-Gunner 13-Aug-44 TRSF Transfer to 44th BG
Sgt Donald S Ocker 33506274 Aerial Gunner 13-Aug-44 TRSF Transfer to 44th BG
Sgt Donald H Rosenberg 42020705 Aerial Gunner 13-Aug-44 TRSF Transfer to 44th BG
Sgt Willard R Dunwoody 12226462 Aerial Gunner 13-Aug-44 TRSF Transfer to 44th BG

Elvin Barnhart and crew arrived at Horsham in early July 1944.  They flew their first mission nine days later, but were forced to abort due to mechanical difficulties.  Their first credited mission, on July 24th, was part of the Eighth Air Force's support of the ground troops effort to break out of the St Lo area.  This was known as Operation Cobra and was in close support with the men on the ground.  On this date, no bombs were dropped by any group of the 2nd Bombardment Division as there was a 10/10 undercast and troops on the ground would have been in danger.

The crew completed two more missions in July, and flew a total of eight missions in August.  On the 13th, the entire crew was transferred to the 44th Bomb Group based at Shipdham, about 20 miles west of Horsham.  The crew is believed to have completed their combat tour from there.

An interesting side note: after the war, co-pilot Harry C Stubbs, became an accomplished science fiction author under the pen name Hal Clements.  He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1998.

Missions

BarnhartEMissions2
Date Target 458th Msn Pilot Msn Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn A/C Name Comments
19-Jul-44 KEMPTEN 94 ABT 41-29305 N Z5 -- I'LL BE BACK/HYPOCHONDRIAC ABORT - #2 ENG
24-Jul-44 ST. LO AREA 97 1 42-95018 J Z5 27 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
25-Jul-44 ST. LO AREA "B" 98 2 41-28682 I Z5 49 UNKNOWN 003  
28-Jul-44 LEIPHEIM & CREEL SCR -- 41-28682 I Z5 -- UNKNOWN 003 BRIEFED AND SCRUBBED
31-Jul-44 LUDWIGSHAFEN 99 3 42-110070 E Z5 22 ELMER  
01-Aug-44 T.O.s FRANCE 100 4 41-29288 L J3 42 BIG-TIME OPERATOR  
02-Aug-44 3 NO BALLS 101 5 44-40288 S J4 -- BAD GIRL ABORT - SORTIE CREDIT
03-Aug-44 2 NO BALLS 102 ABT 41-28682 I Z5 -- UNKNOWN 003 ABORT - #1 & 4 ENG's
04-Aug-44 ACHIET A/F 104 6 41-29596 R Z5 35 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
06-Aug-44 HAMBURG 106 7 42-95165 S Z5 23 COOKIE  
07-Aug-44 GHENT 107 8 41-29596 R Z5 38 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
09-Aug-44 SAARBRUCKEN 109 9 42-95108 M Z5 -- ENVY OF 'EM ALL II  
11-Aug-44 STRASBOURG 110 10 42-95165 S Z5 24 COOKIE  
12-Aug-44 MOURMELON 111 11 41-28682 I Z5 53 UNKNOWN 003


S/Sgt Willard R. Dunwoody


Photo Courtesy: James M. Sandoval, Jr