458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Gabriel Crew (JA17) - Assigned June 25, 1944 - 754th Squadron

Standing: Fountain Beal - RWG, Melvin Johnston - LWG, Bill Schwegel - RO, Wayne Walker - TT/E, John Curcio - TG, John Barbour - BTG.
Kneeling: Anthony Gianforti - CP, Gene Gabriel - P, Robert "Twig" Stem - B, Bobby Gordon - N.
(Photo: John Raiser)

Completed Tour - February 1945

Rank
Name
Serial #
Crew Pos
Date
Status
Comments
1Lt
 Gene F Gabriel
 0816455
 Pilot
 16-Feb-45
 CT
 Last Mission - 754BS Records
 F/O
 Anthony J Gianforti
 T62152
 Co-pilot
 24-Jan-45
 CT
 Award - Air Medal (OLC)
 2Lt
 Robert W Gordon
 02008897
 Navigator
 01-May-45
 CT
 2AD Personnel Roster - 96CBW HQ
 1Lt
 John W Stem
 0708953
 Bombardier
 15-Feb-45
 CT
 Last Mission - Operational record
 T/Sgt
 William L Schwegel
 32753377
 Radio Operator
 18-Jan-45
 CT
 Award - Air Medal (OLC)
 T/Sgt
 Wayne A Walker
 37471438
 Flight Engineer
 24-Jan-45
 CT
 Award - Air Medal (OLC)
 S/Sgt
 John G Barbour
 33746737
 Aerial Gunner
 24-Jan-45
 CT
 Award - Air Medal (OLC)
 S/Sgt
 Fountain D Beall
 33733402
 Aerial Gunner
 24-Jan-45
 CT
 Award - Air Medal (OLC)
 S/Sgt
 John F Curcio
 32956447
 Aerial Gunner
 16-Feb-45
 CT
 Last Mission - Handwritten record
 S/Sgt
 Melvin Johnson
 33724179
 Armorer-Gunner
 24-Jan-45
 CT
 Award - Air Medal (OLC)
Crew Narrative here...

Gabriel-Missions
Date Target 458th Msn  Pilot Msn  Serial RCL  Sqdn  A/C Msn  A/C Name Comments
06-Jul-44 KIEL 85 1 41-29596 R Z5 28 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
07-Jul-44 LUTZKENDORF 86 2 41-29596 R Z5 29 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
08-Jul-44 ANIZY, FRANCE 87 3 42-110163 M J4 5 TIME'S A WASTIN  
11-Jul-44 MUNICH 88 ABT 41-28705 W Z5 -- YE OLDE HELLGATE ABORT - #2&3 TURBOS FLUCT
13-Jul-44 SAARBRUCKEN 90 4 42-95116 V Z5 20 JUNIOR  
16-Jul-44 SAARBRUCKEN 91 5 41-29596 R Z5 30 HELL'S ANGEL'S ABORT - SORTIE #2 ENG OUT
19-Jul-44 KEMPTEN 94 ABT 41-29596 R Z5 -- HELL'S ANGEL'S ABORT - #4 ENG FAILURE 
20-Jul-44 EISENACH 95 6 41-28682 I Z5 48 UNKNOWN 003  
25-Jul-44 ST. LO AREA "B" 98 7 41-29596 R Z5 32 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
28-Jul-44 LEIPHEIM/CREEL SCR -- 41-29596 R Z5 -- HELL'S ANGEL'S BRIEFED AND SCRUBBED
02-Aug-44 3 NO BALLS 101 8 44-40126 D Z5 17 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP  
09-Aug-44 SAARBRUCKEN 109 9 42-50516 B Z5 3 STARDUST  
11-Aug-44 STRASBOURG 110 10 42-50578 F Z5 8 SKY ROOM  
13-Aug-44 LIEUREY 112 11 42-50768 A Z5 7 ARISE MY LOVE AND COME WITH ME   
26-Aug-44 DULMEN 120 12 42-50578 E Z5 12 SKY ROOM  
10-Sep-44 ULM M/Y 125 ABT 42-50456 D Z5 -- DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL ABORT - R/O BECAME SICK
25-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR08-1 -- 44-40475 D J3 T6 JOLLY ROGER 1ST FLIGHT - LEAD
25-Sep-44 HSF to LILLE TR08-2 -- 44-40475 D 755 T7 JOLLY ROGER 2ND FLIGHT - LEAD
14-Oct-44 COLOGNE 133 ABT 44-40126 L Z5 -- SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP ABORT - COULD NOT CATCH FORM
26-Oct-44 MINDEN 138 13 42-51199 A Z5 8 UNKNOWN 023  
02-Nov-44 BIELEFELD 140 14 42-95183 U Z5 51 BRINEY MARLIN  
04-Nov-44 MISBURG 141 15 42-95183 U Z5 52 BRINEY MARLIN  
05-Nov-44 KARLSRUHE 142 16 41-29352 K 7V 58 WOLVE'S LAIR  
06-Nov-44   MINDEN 143 17 42-50640 O Z5 9 BUGS BUNNY  
10-Nov-44 HANAU A/F 146 18 42-51196 Q J3 12 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
21-Nov-44 HARBURG 148 19 42-95018 J Z5 57 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
26-Nov-44 BIELEFELD 150 20 42-110059 T Z5 48 UNKNOWN 056  
10-Dec-44 BINGEN 154 21 42-95183 U Z5 60 BRINEY MARLIN  
11-Dec-44 HANAU 155 22 42-51199 A Z5 15 UNKNOWN 023  
12-Dec-44 HANAU 156 23 42-50578 F Z5 21 SKY ROOM  
24-Dec-44 SCHONECKEN 157 24 42-95183 U Z5 63 BRINEY MARLIN  
31-Dec-44 KOBLENZ 162 25 41-29596 R Z5 75 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
01-Jan-45 KOBLENZ 163 26 41-29596 R Z5 76 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
03-Jan-45 NEUNKIRCHEN 165 27 41-29596 R Z5 78 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
07-Jan-45 RASTATT 166 28 44-40126 L Z5 40 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP  
14-Jan-45 HALLENDORF 170 ABT 42-95183 U Z5 71 BRINEY MARLIN ABORT - NO DETAILS GIVEN
21-Jan-45 HEILBRONN 173 29 42-95183 U Z5 73 BRINEY MARLIN  
28-Jan-45 DORTMUND 174 30 42-95183 U Z5 74 BRINEY MARLIN  
29-Jan-45 MUNSTER 175 31 42-95183 U Z5 75 BRINEY MARLIN  
03-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 177 32 41-29596 R Z5 81 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
08-Feb-45 RHEINE M/Y REC -- 42-95183 U Z5 -- BRINEY MARLIN RECALL - WEATHER
09-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 179 33 42-95183 U Z5 79 BRINEY MARLIN  
15-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 182 34 44-40298 E Z5 26 THE SHACK  
16-Feb-45 OSNABRUCK 183 35 44-10491 I Z5 9 THE IRON DUKE