458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

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


Crew Photo Needed

Arrived too late for combat - No Combat Missions

Rank Name Serial # Crew Pos / Job Title Date Status Comments
1Lt Theodore S Sanborn 0771249 Pilot 20-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 453rd BG
2Lt William J Wehrle 0779272 Co-pilot 20-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 453rd BG
2Lt Herbert W Heitches 01584598 Navigator 20-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 453rd BG
T/Sgt Russell J Lucksinger 16046984 Flight Engineer 20-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 453rd BG
T/Sgt David C Etheridge 37603139 Radio Operator 20-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 453rd BG
S/Sgt Elden F Gould 11112254 Armorer-Gunner 20-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 453rd BG
S/Sgt Paul W Clark 34826876 2/Flight Engineer 20-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 453rd BG
S/Sgt John P Morrison 34883221 Armorer-Gunner 20-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 453rd BG
Sgt Harry E Eschbach 12220592 Armorer-Gunner 20-Apr-45 NCM Assigned from 453rd BG

Assigned to the 753rd Squadron at the end of the air war in Europe, there is virtually no information on the Sanborn 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 are not listed as flying any missions as a crew.  There were a number of men in this same circumstance, ten full crews having arrived at the 458th on April 18th and 20th.  It is not known if the Sanborn crew or any of the other late arrivals flew over the Continent at all during their brief tour of duty with the 458th. Given their pay grades, they may have flown missions with the 453BG.  On May 17, 1945 they were transferred tot he 755BS.

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