458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Gentry Crew - Assigned 755th Squadron - April 12, 1944

Standing: Thomas Dahlen - CP, Les Gentry - P, Bob Jones - B, Herb Keene - N

Kneeling: Roscoe Heins - BTG, John Glowski - TTG, Mike Grady - TG, Forrest Church - E, Leonard Krul - NTG, Elliott Belland - RO

(Photo: Travis Schroeder)

Transferred to Fifteenth Air Force

 Rank  Name  Pos Date Status  Comments
1Lt Leslie J Gentry Pilot Jun-44 TRSF Trsf to 15th AF 459BG (Combat Crew)
2Lt Thomas R Dahlen Co-pilot Jun-44 TRSF Trsf to 15th AF 459BG (Combat Crew)
2Lt Herbert J Keene Navigator Jun-44 TRSF Trsf to 15th AF 459BG (Combat Crew)
1Lt Robert E Jones Bombardier Oct-44 CT Replacement Depot for return to ZI
T/Sgt Elliott E Belland Radio Operator Jun-44 TRSF Trsf to 15th AF 459BG (Combat Crew) 
T/Sgt Forrest G Church  Flight Engineer Jun-44 TRSF Trsf to 15th AF 459BG (Combat Crew)
S/Sgt Roscoe V Heins Batt Turret Gunner Jun-44 TRSF Trsf to 15th AF 459BG (Combat Crew)
S/Sgt Michael G Grady Tail Turret Gunner Jun-44 TRSF Trsf to 15th AF 459BG (Combat Crew)
S/Sgt John R Glowski Top Turret Gunner Jun-44 TRSF Trsf to 15th AF 459BG (Combat Crew)
S/Sgt Leonard Krul Nose Turret Gunner  Jun-44 TRSF Trsf to 15th AF 459BG (Combat Crew)

The Gentry Crew was one of the first replacement crews to come to the 755th Squadron.  The 755th had lost six crews in the 40-plus days that the group had been flying on operations. They arrived shortly after the April 9th mission to Tutow, where four crews (two from the 755th) were lost.  After a few days to get indoctrinated, the crew flew their first mission on April 24th and three more before the end of April.  The crew took off on 12 missions in May, aborting two of them, both due to mechanical difficulties.  In the last week of May they had completed 14 missions, well on their way to  the required 30.

In early June, however, all of the crew except for bombardier Robert E. Jones were transferred to the 15th Air Force, eventually ending up with the 759th Squadron 459th Bombardment Group based at Giulia Field, Cerignola, Italy.  It is believed that the crew completed a combat tour with this unit, as 459th records show that Les Gentry and several of the crew received the Distinguished Flying Cross on September 23, 1944.

755th Squadron records show that Jones completed his tour with the 458th and was sent to the States in October 1944.

Click here for Gentry's crew page on the 459th Bombardment Group website.

Missions with 458th

Date  Target 458th Msn Pilot Msn  Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn  A/C Name  Comments
24-Apr-44 LEIPHEIM A/F 26 1 41-29342 S J3 9 ROUGH RIDERS  
25-Apr-44 MANNHEIM A/F 27 2 41-29342 S J3 10 ROUGH RIDERS  
26-Apr-44 PADERBORN A/F 28 3 41-29342 S J3 11 ROUGH RIDERS  
29-Apr-44 BERLIN 31 4 41-29342 S J3 14 ROUGH RIDERS  
01-May-44 MARQUISE/MIMOYECQUES  32 5 41-29342 S J3 15 ROUGH RIDERS  
04-May-44 BRUNSWICK/WAGGUM 34 6 41-29359 J J3 23 TAIL WIND  
05-May-44 SOTTEVAST 35 ABT 42-52441 I J3 -- LAST CARD LOUIE #1-3 SUPER CHG
12-May-44 BOHLEN 40 8 41-29288 L J3 17 BIG-TIME OPERATOR   
13-May-44 TUTOW A/F 41 9 41-29288 L J3 18 BIG-TIME OPERATOR  
19-May-44 BRUNSWICK 42 10 41-29288 L J3 19 BIG-TIME OPERATOR  
20-May-44 RHEIMS A/D 43 11 41-29288 L J3 20 BIG-TIME OPERATOR  
23-May-44 BOURGES 45 12 41-29470 O J3 2 UNKNOWN 013  
24-May-44 VILLEROCHE, near MELUN 46 13 42-51097 T J3 7 UNKNOWN 022  
25-May-44 MULHOUSE M/Y 47 14 42-51097 T J3 8 UNKNOWN 022

Photos of 459th Bomb Group

(Courtesy: Thomas Dahlen via Travis Schroeder)