458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Duriavich Crew - Assigned 753 Squadron - February 6, 1945


Crew Photo Needed

Flying at the End of Hostilities

DuriavichCrew
Rank Name Serial # Crew Pos Date Status Comments
2Lt John F Duriavich 02058743 Pilot 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission Flown
F/O William Doninger T64168 Co-pilot 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission Flown 
F/O John Dilks T128716 Navigator 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission Flown
F/O Donald W Brewer T134389 Bombardier 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission Flown
S/Sgt  Daniel Hacku 31336401 Radio Operator 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission Flown
S/Sgt Robert A Roberts 32912245 Flight Engineer 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission Flown
Sgt Robert W Knox 16190057 Aerial Gunner 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission Flown
Sgt James H Porter 42058886 Airplane Armorer  18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission Flown
Sgt Alfred T Ruthkowski  32823977 Aerial Gunner 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission Flown
Sgt Herbert C Schulkon 34666610 Aerial Gunner 18-Apr-45 FEH Last Mission Flown

The Duriavich Crew was assigned to the 753BS on February 6, 1945.  On March 12th the crew flew their first combat mission to hit the marshaling yards at Friedburg, Germany.  Their next mission on the 18th, took them to Berlin. Three additional missions were flown in March.

In April, the crew participated in four combat missions, including the raid on Lechfeld airfield and the German garrison in the Royan Area on April 15th.  On the Royan mission, 458th crews carried a mixture of Napalm canisters and 100 pound incendiaries.  Duriavich and crew flew their ninth and final combat mission on April 18th to Passau, Germany.  The Eighth Air Force ceased all combat operations eight days later.

The crew received the Air Medal on April 16th.  On April 25th they were transferred into the 755BS, only to be returned to the 753BS on May 17th.  The crew may have been tasked to ferry a Liberator back to the States in June 1945.

Missions

DuriavichMissions
Date Target 458th Msn Pilot Msn Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn A/C Name Comments
03-Mar-45 NIENBURG 195 MSHL -- -- -- --   MARSHALING CHIEF
12-Mar-45 FRIEDBURG 202 1 42-50912 D J4 21 THE TRAVLIN' BAG  
18-Mar-45 BERLIN 206 2 42-50456 D Z5 48 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
22-Mar-45 KITZINGEN 210 3 41-28980 V J4 27 UNKNOWN 009  
24-Mar-45 NORDHORN 212 4 44-40287 J J4 54 BACHELOR'S BEDLAM  
30-Mar-45 WILHELMSHAVEN 215 5 44-50539 B J4 8 UNKNOWN 045  
06-Apr-45 HALLE 219 6 44-40277 P J4 60 MISS USED  
09-Apr-45 LECHFELD 222 7 42-50740 Q J4 33 OUR BURMA  
15-Apr-45 ROYAN AREA 226 8 44-50539 B J4 11 UNKNOWN 045  
18-Apr-45 PASSAU 228 9 42-50740 Q J4 35 OUR BURMA  
19-Apr-45 ZWIESEL SCR -- 44-50539 B J4 -- UNKNOWN 045 SCRUBBED


The Crew

Standing: James Porter - G, Daniel Hacku - RO. 
Kneeling: John Duriavich - P, William Doniger - CP

Duriavich Enlisted in Class As: The three on the right are, (L-R) Daniel Hacku - RO, James Porter - G and Robert Roberts - E

Duriavich Enlisted in Flight Gear: (L-R) James Porter, Unknown, Daniel Hacku, Robert Roberts, Unknown

Castle Gardens, Norwich: Front to back: William Doniger, Dan Hacku, Robert Roberts and James Porter.

John Duriavich - Pilot and Robert Roberts - Flight Engineer

(All photos courtesy: Dan Hacku)