458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Everett Crew - Assigned 752nd Squadron - November 18, 1944

Standing: Lou Pressman - B, Thomas Walsh - N, William Everett - P, Gordon Shupp - CP
Kneeling: Frank Birmingham - AG, Gilbert Bake, Jr - RO, James Needham - G, John Bradley - G, John O'Malley - E, Klare Kunkle - G

(Photo: Marybeth Dyer)

Flying at the End of Hostilities

Rank Name Serial # MOS Crew Pos / Job Title Date Status Comments
1Lt William G Everett 0719605 1024 Pilot 25-Apr-45 FEH Final Mission - Bad Reichenhall
2Lt Gordon L Shupp 02015089 1024 Co-pilot 25-Apr-45 FEH Final Mission - Bad Reichenhall
1Lt Thomas E Walsh 02065201 1034 Navigator 20-Mar-45 FEH Transfer to 755BS
2Lt Lou Pressman   1035 Bombardier   UNK Not Assigned w/Crew
T/Sgt Gilbert F Bake, Jr 13155643 757 Radio Operator 25-Apr-45 FEH Final Mission - Bad Reichenhall
T/Sgt John F O'Malley 16137267 748 Flight Engineer 25-Apr-45 FEH Final Mission - Bad Reichenhall
S/Sgt Francis P Birmingham 36825703 612 Armorer-Gunner 25-Apr-45 FEH Final Mission - Bad Reichenhall
S/Sgt John W Bradley 37684065 611 Aerial Gunner 25-Apr-45 FEH Final Mission - Bad Reichenhall
S/Sgt Klare E Kunkle 33765819 612 Armorer-Gunner 25-Apr-45 FEH Final Mission - Bad Reichenhall
S/Sgt James E Needham 11136631 612 Armorer-Gunner 25-Apr-45 FEH Final Mission - Bad Reichenhall

The Everett crew arrived at Horsham St Faith on November 18, 1944 and were assigned to the 752nd Squadron.  The next day they were transferred to the 754th Squadron where they would remain until the end of the war.  2Lt Lou Pressman(?), the crew’s bombardier in training, was not assigned with the crew.


After being on station for 36 days without flying a mission, their first combat sortie came on December 24, 1944.  This was a “maximum effort” (i.e. anything with wings was to fly) by the Eighth Air Force, and the 458th dispatched 56 aircraft, of which 53 reached the target area.  After cooling their heels so long, the crew flew another four missions in the next nine days.


They would fly only three missions in January; and nine in February, one of which, on the 20th was recalled due to weather.  The mission on February 26th was the group’s 200th, and all crews marked the occasion by returning safely from bombing Berlin.  In March the crew would fly ten combat missions, all but two of them in the aircraft “Briney Marlin”.  Everett flew this aircraft on 15 of his 30 credited missions.  It was during March that 2Lt Thomas E. Walsh, the crew’s navigator, was transferred to the 755th Squadron to be a lead crew navigator.  Records show that he flew his last combat flight on April 25, 1945 as the Pilotage Navigator on the crew of 1Lt Ralph O. Hoffman.


Beginning in April the crew flew four missions and were then sent on Rest Home Leave on April 10th for seven days.  Everett and Shupp went to Coombe House, Shaftesbury, Dorset, while the enlisted men went to the Palace Hotel, Southport, Lancashire.  They all arrived back in time to participate in the last Eighth Air Force mission of the war on April 25th, when the 458th bombed rail installations near Bad Reichenhall, Germany.  Their navigator on this mission was 2Lt Andrew D. Bowles, originally assigned with 2Lt Richard M. Sharp and crew.


Sgt Francis P. Birmingham, the crew’s armorer-gunner, was assigned on the same day that his brother, Sgt Robert C. Birmingham arrived at Horsham as gunner on the crew of 2Lt Roger F. Hicks. The Hicks crew was in the 752nd Squadron and flew five missions before they were forced to Sweden on January 17, 1945.  Most of the crew bailed out (two men remained in the pilot-less plane when it crashed, suffering no injuries!) and all were eventually returned to England.


Since the crew did not quite complete a full combat tour of 35 missions, it is possible that they were assigned to ferry a Liberator back to the States in June 1945.


Date Target 458th Msn Pilot Msn Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn A/C Name Comments
24-Dec-44 SCHONECKEN 157 1 42-51199 A Z5 17 UNKNOWN 023  
25-Dec-44 PRONSFELD 158 2 42-51199 A Z5 18 UNKNOWN 023  
28-Dec-44 ST. WENDEL 160 3 42-51199 A Z5 20 UNKNOWN 023  
31-Dec-44 KOBLENZ 162 4 44-40126 L Z5 37 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP  
02-Jan-45 REMAGEN 164 5 41-29596 R Z5 77 HELL'S ANGEL'S  
10-Jan-45 SCHONBERG 168 6 42-95018 J Z5 69 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
16-Jan-45 MAGDEBURG 171 7 42-95183 U Z5 72 BRINEY MARLIN  
03-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 177 8 42-95183 U Z5 77 BRINEY MARLIN  
06-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 178 9 42-95183 U Z5 78 BRINEY MARLIN  
09-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 179 MSHL -- -- -- --   MARSHALING CHIEF
15-Feb-45 MAGDEBURG 182 10 42-95018 J Z5 77 OLD DOC'S YACHT  
22-Feb-45 PEINE-HILDESHEIM 186 11 42-95183 U Z5 81 BRINEY MARLIN  
23-Feb-45 GERA-REICHENBACH 187 12 42-50578 F Z5 31 SKY ROOM  
25-Feb-45 SCHWABISCH-HALL 189 13 44-40298 E Z5 31 THE SHACK  
26-Feb-45 BERLIN 190 14 42-50578 F Z5 34 SKY ROOM GROUP 200TH MISSION
28-Feb-45 BIELEFELD 192 15 42-50578 F Z5 36 SKY ROOM  
02-Mar-45 MAGDEBURG 194 16 42-95183 U Z5 82 BRINEY MARLIN  
05-Mar-45 HARBURG 197 17 42-51196 Q J3 44 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
07-Mar-45 SOEST 198 MSHL -- -- -- --   MARSHALING CHIEF
10-Mar-45 ARNSBURG 201 18 42-95183 U Z5 86 BRINEY MARLIN  
12-Mar-45 FRIEDBURG 202 19 42-95183 U Z5 87 BRINEY MARLIN  
15-Mar-45 ZOSSEN 204 20 42-95183 U Z5 88 BRINEY MARLIN  
17-Mar-45 HANNOVER 205 21 42-95183 U Z5 89 BRINEY MARLIN  
19-Mar-45 LEIPHEIM 207 22 42-95183 U Z5 91 BRINEY MARLIN  
21-Mar-45 HESEPE 209 23 42-95183 U Z5 92 BRINEY MARLIN  
23-Mar-45 OSNABRUCK 211 24 42-95108 B Z5 71 ENVY OF 'EM ALL II  
24-Mar-45 KIRKOFF 213 25 42-95183 U Z5 93 BRINEY MARLIN  
04-Apr-45 PERLEBERG 217 26 42-95183 U Z5 96 BRINEY MARLIN  
05-Apr-45 PLAUEN 218 27 42-95183 U Z5 97 BRINEY MARLIN  
07-Apr-45 KRUMMEL 220 28 42-51199 A Z5 46 UNKNOWN 023  
09-Apr-45 LECHFELD 222 29 42-51196 Q J3 58 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
25-Apr-45 BAD REICHENHALL 230 30 44-50715 G Z5 1 FORD'S FOLLIES

B-24H-25-FO 42-95183 J4 O  Briney Marlin

Everett flew this aircraft on 15/30 missions

(Profile courtesy Mark Styling)

S/Sgt Francis P. Birmingham Mission List

(Courtesy: Marybeth Dyer)