458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

C. Brown Crew - Assigned 752nd Squadron - February 18, 1945

Richard Julian - E, Frank Kaurich - TTG, Charles Jenkins - RO, Unknown, Charles Brown - P,
Unknown, Eugene Harris - CP, James Harper - G, Jim Hastings - BTG, Wayne Austin - TG

(Photo: Dana Brown / ID's: Conti Roberts)

Flying at the End of Hostilities

 Rank  Name  Serial #  Pos Date Status  Comments
2Lt Charles S Brown 0780460 Pilot 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List 
2Lt Eugene W Harris 02062502 Co-pilot 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
2Lt John S Ryan 01055436 Navigator 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
S/Sgt Charles O Jenkins  34779783 Radio Operator 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
S/Sgt Richard C Julian 11057171 Flight Engineer 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
Cpl Wayne L Austin 34984302 Aerial Gunner 16-Mar-45 FEH Promoted to Sgt
Cpl James A Harper 181296362 Aerial Gunner 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
Cpl Jim M Hastings 18086575 Airplane Armorer-Gunner 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
Sgt Frank J Kaurich 15313650 Radar Crewman (Desig Set)  21-Apr-45 FEH Reclassified MOS-514

2Lt Charles Brown and crew were assigned to the 752nd Squadron on February 18, 1945 and flew their first mission to Zossen, Germany on March 15, 1945, where the target for the day was the "Nazi General Staff Headquarters".  They flew a variety of aircraft - 8 different Liberators in all. The crew was able to put in 12 missions, including the last combat operation flown by the Eighth Air Force in Europe on April 25, 1945.  This last mission was flown with S/Sgt John F. Peifer, a 752nd Squadron Gunnery Instructor, in place of Wayne Austin; and Sgt Milton F. Randall as RCM crewman.  While Frank Kaurich was reclassified as a Radar Crewman, this rating was dated April 21st, and he may not have been scheduled to fly.


Date  Target 458th Msn Pilot Msn  Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn  A/C Name  Comments
15-Mar-45 ZOSSEN 204 1 42-100425 O 7V 66 THE BIRD  
18-Mar-45 BERLIN 206 2 41-29352 K 7V 82 WOLVE'S LAIR  
20-Mar-45 HEMINGSTEDT 208 3 42-50502 E 7V 51 LARRUPIN' LINDA  
24-Mar-45 KIRKOFF 213 4 41-29567 G 7V 19 MY BUNNIE / BAMBI  
30-Mar-45 WILHELMSHAVEN 215 5 42-51270 A 7V 32 MY BUNNIE II  
04-Apr-45 PERLEBERG 217 6 42-51514 B 7V 32 BIG CHIEF LIL' BEAVER   
05-Apr-45 PLAUEN 218 7 42-100425 O 7V 76 THE BIRD  
06-Apr-45 HALLE 219 8 42-50502 E 7V 59 LARRUPIN' LINDA  
16-Apr-45 LANDSHUT 227 9 42-50502 E 7V 67 LARRUPIN' LINDA  
18-Apr-45 PASSAU 228 10 42-50502 E 7V 68 LARRUPIN' LINDA  
20-Apr-45 ZWIESEL 229 11 42-51514 B 7V 40 BIG CHIEF LIL' BEAVER  
25-Apr-45 BAD REICHENHALL  230 12 44-40285 H J4 87 TABLE STUFF

Bad Reichenhall, Germany

SAV (Strike Attack Vertical) from April 25, 1945 and as it appears today