458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Ferriell Crew - Assigned 752nd Squadron - November 16, 1944

Back Row: Leslie Stuckey - E, Robert Sinsabaugh - NTG, Frank Beck - WG, Harvey Poff - RO, Fred Hopp WG
Front Row: John Holodak - N, Kendrick Ferriell - P, Dario DeJulio - CP, Arthur Sjolund TG

(Photo: Andy Stuckey)

Ferriell Crew - Flying at the End of Hostilities

 Rank  Name  Serial #  Pos Date Status  Comments
2Lt Kendrick E Ferriell 0828682 Pilot 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
2Lt Dario A DeJulio 0777617 Co-pilot 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
F/O William L Kubic T128751 Navigator 16-Nov-44 FEH Assigned
T/Sgt  Harvey L Poff, Jr 33216509 Radio Operator 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
T/Sgt Leslie Stuckey, Jr 35504160 Flight Engineer 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
S/Sgt Frank W Beck 39134615 Armorer-Gunner 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
S/Sgt Fred P Hopp 15128382 Armorer-Gunner 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
S/Sgt Arthur C Sjolund 3772459 Armorer-Gunner 25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List
S/Sgt Robert J Sinsabaugh  19206507 Armorer-Gunner  25-Apr-45 FEH Mission Load List 

2Lt Kendrick Ferriell’s crew joined the 458th in November 1944.  F/O  William Kubic, assigned with the crew as navigator, does not appear in the group or squadron records after November 16th, and it is not known if he flew missions with this crew or not.  After about a three week indoctrination into the European theater, Ferriell’s crew flew their first mission on December 10th.  During the next three months the crew flew missions to Hallendorf, Dortmund, Magdeburg, Stuttgart, and Brunswick to name but a few.

On March 9, 1945, Ferriell and crew flew to Osnabruck, Germany.  Their aircraft that day was an original 752nd Squadron B-24H named Final Approach.  It was the 18th mission for the crew and the 100th mission for the aircraft.  To commemorate this occasion, the crew had their picture taken with the aircraft upon their return.

Their navigator on March 9th was 1Lt John S. Holodak.  Ironically, exactly one month later, Holodak was the navigator once again on Final Approach.  This time he was flying with 2Lt Leonard Abramowitz and a scratch crew.  Just as the bombs were released on the airfield at Lechfeld, Germany, Final Approach sustained a flak hit to the number 2 engine and the plane was forced to leave the formation.  Several parachutes were seen to emerge before the plane exploded at 10,000 feet.  All but one man, nose turret gunner Sgt Allen C. Rupp managed to safely bail out.  Holodak sustained wounds to his lower back and foot, but recovered.

The crew’s final mission on April 25, 1945 was also the Eighth Air Force’s final mission.


Date  Target  458th Msn  Pilot Msn  Serial  RCL  Sqdn  A/C Msn  A/C Name  Comments
10-Dec-44 BINGEN 154 1 41-29352 K 7V 60 WOLVE'S LAIR  
28-Dec-44 ST. WENDEL 160 2 41-29340 N 7V 56 YANKEE BUZZ BOMB  
02-Jan-45 REMAGEN 164 3 42-52457 Q 7V 76 FINAL APPROACH  
14-Jan-45 HALLENDORF 170 4 42-95179 X 7V 72 HERE I GO AGAIN  
17-Jan-45 HARBURG 172 5 41-29305 N Z5 43 I'LL BE BACK/HYPOCHONDRIAC  
28-Jan-45 DORTMUND 174 6 41-29352 K 7V 67 WOLVE'S LAIR  
03-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 177 8 42-100425 O 7V 50 THE BIRD  
08-Feb-45 RHEINE M/Y REC -- 41-29352 K 7V -- WOLVE'S LAIR RECALL - WEATHER
09-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 179 9 41-29352 K 7V 71 WOLVE'S LAIR  
15-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 182 10 41-29352 K 7V 72 WOLVE'S LAIR  
21-Feb-45 NUREMBERG 185 11 41-29352 K 7V 73 WOLVE'S LAIR  
23-Feb-45 GERA-REICHENBACH 187 12 42-100425 O 7V 57 THE BIRD  
25-Feb-45 SCHWABISCH-HALL 189 13 42-51110 M 7V 77 TOP O' THE MARK  
28-Feb-45 BIELEFELD 192 14 41-29352 K 7V 75 WOLVE'S LAIR  
02-Mar-45 MAGDEBURG 194 15 41-29567 G 7V 12 MY BUNNIE / BAMBI  
04-Mar-45 STUTTGART 196 16 44-10487 R 7V 36 Girl on surfboard (no name)  
07-Mar-45 SOEST 198 17 42-52457 Q 7V 99 FINAL APPROACH  
09-Mar-45 OSNABRUCK 200 18 42-52457 Q 7V 101 FINAL APPROACH A/C 100th Mission
17-Mar-45 HANNOVER 205 19 41-29352 K 7V 81 WOLVE'S LAIR  
20-Mar-45 HEMINGSTEDT 208 20 41-29352 K 7V 83 WOLVE'S LAIR  
22-Mar-45 KITZINGEN 210 21 42-50502 E 7V 52 LARRUPIN' LINDA  
24-Mar-45 KIRKOFF 213 22 44-50766 J 7V 2 YOU'VE HAD IT  
25-Mar-45 HITZACKER 214 23 44-50766 J 7V 3 YOU'VE HAD IT WITH 467BG
31-Mar-45 BRUNSWICK 216 24 44-50766 J 7V 4 YOU'VE HAD IT  
14-Apr-45 POINTE DE GRAVE 225 25 44-50766 J 7V 8 YOU'VE HAD IT  
15-Apr-45 ROYAN AREA 226 26 42-51514 B 7V 37 BIG CHIEF LIL' BEAVER  
18-Apr-45 PASSAU 228 27 42-51514 B 7V 39 BIG CHIEF LIL' BEAVER  
20-Apr-45 ZWIESEL 229 28 42-51270 A 7V 43 MY BUNNIE II  
25-Apr-45 BAD REICHENHALL 230 29 42-50499 U J3 45 COOKIE/OPEN POST

April 9, 1945

Flown by Lt Leonard Abramowitz on this date, a bomb strike camera caught Final Approach in her final moments.

(Photo: Rob Martyr)

June 1945

B-24M-10-FO 44-50766 7V J You've Had It

Standing, 2nd from left: Kendrick Ferriell; 5th from left (w/cigarette): Alton A. Haynie; Far Right: Dario DeJulio

7 June 1945
Under authority contained in Letter ETOUSA, Subject: “Movement Orders, Shipment 10060”, File No. AG 370.5, OPGC, Dated 27 May 1945, the following A/C and personnel assigned thereto will proceed via Valley A/D by best available air route to Bradley Field, Windsor Locks, Connecticut, thence to Camp Miles Standish, Boston, POE.  Personnel will report to the AAF Base Commander at Bradley Field.  AAF personnel are being returned for the purpose of authorized TD for rest and recuperation and for further assignment.  Personnel listed on this order are on Detached Service and are being accounted for on Morning Report of the Air Echelon of the Squadron to which they are asgd.  TDN 212/50425  FSA 1942-45  60-136  P-431-02.

Shipment No. 10060-TZ  T-M-S: B-24M  A/C Serial No. 44-50766  Crew No. 5 of 18
Name Grade Arm/Svc ASN Crew Spec/Job MOS Home (v)
Ferriell, Kendrick E 1Lt AC 0828682 Pilot, B-24 1092 Richmond, IN
DeJulio, Dario A 1Lt AC 0777617 Pilot, B-24 1092 Los Angeles, CA
Armstrong, Alden L 2Lt AC 0215253 Navigator 1034 Connellsville, PA
Kordeck, Walter F 2Lt AC 02015099 Bombardier 1035 Bronx, NY
Stuckey, Jr, Leslie T/Sgt AC 35504160 Flight Engineer 748 Berne, IN
Poff, Jr, Harvey L T/Sgt AC 33216509 Radio Operator-Gunner 757 Salem, VA
Sinsabaugh, Robert J S/Sgt AC 19206507 Airplane Armorer-Gunner 612 Hollywood, CA
Sjolund, Arthur C S/Sgt AC 37772495 Airplane Armorer-Gunner 612 Duluth, MN
Beck, Frank W S/Sgt AC 39134615 Airplane Armorer-Gunner 612 San Francisco, CA
Shealy, Malcom H T/Sgt AC 14181238 Airplane Armorer-Gunner 611 Spartenburg, SC
Dirker, Paul F T/Sgt AC 16126851 Airplane Crew Chief 750 New Lenox, Il
Knisley, Homer C Sgt AC 16162413 Airplane & Engine Mech 747 Decatur, IL
Murphy, Eugene F Cpl AC 32723999 Radio Mechanic, AAF 754 Queens Village, NY
Waters, Marvin T Sgt AC 34366328 Radar Mechanic, Bombardment 867 Horse Cave, KY
Wattlington, William D Sgt AC 18137731 Draftsman 070 New Orleans, LA
Haynie, Alton A Cpl AC 15331974 Photo Technician, Aerial 945 Paducah, KY
Pristash, Joseph Pfc AC 33495354 Clerk, General 055 Keiser, PA
Laslavic, Louis A Pfc AC 33421901 Teletype Mechanic 239 Pittsburgh, PA
Pusateri, James Cpl AC 13131899 Airplane & Engine Mech 747 Pittsburgh, PA
Nelson, Wayne E Sgt AC 39285809 Munitions Worker 901 Champagne, IL

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