458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Kinney Crew - Assigned 753rd Squadron - April 20, 1945


Crew Photo Needed

Flying at the End of Hostilities

KinneyCrew
Rank Name Serial # Crew Pos / Job Title Date Status Comments
1Lt Joseph P Kinney 0687137 Pilot 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453rd BG
2Lt John R Groundwater 0829464 Co-pilot 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453rd BG
2Lt Robert H Stoiber 02015101 Bombardier 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453rd BG
S/Sgt Earl Barker 33681623 Flight Engineer 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453rd BG
S/Sgt Albert E Ourada 37449810 Radio Operator 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453rd BG
S/Sgt Frank T Pecukonis 33735350 Armorer-Gunner 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453rd BG
S/Sgt Justin Herman 32796632 Armorer-Gunner 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453rd BG
Sgt Elwin J Youngman 32938904 Aerial Gunner 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453rd BG
Sgt James A Bennett 17070544 Aerial Gunner 20-Apr-45 FEH Assigned from 453rd BG

Assigned to the 753rd Squadron at the end of the air war in Europe, there is very little information on the Kinney crew in the 458th records.  Having arrived in the ETO only five days prior to the Eighth Air Force's cessation of bombing operations, they were able to fly the last mission of the war on April 25th.  Given their pay grades, and the fact that they flew combat so shortly after their arrival, they may have been an experienced crew having flown missions with the 453BG.

It is very possible that this crew was assigned to ferry a Liberator back to the United States.  See Ferry Crews.

Mission

SwingleMissioon
Date Target 458th Msn Pilot Msn Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn A/C Name Comments
25-Apr-45 BAD REICHENHALL 230 1 42-51373 S J4 1 UNKNOWN 051 LAST 8AF MISSION