458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Daniel Crew - Assigned 753rd Squadron - February 22, 1945


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Flying at the End of Hostilities

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Rank Name Serial # Crew Pos Date Status Comments
1Lt Robert Daniel 0831677 Pilot Jun-45 FEH Ferry Crew 46
2Lt Henry A Kramer 02074462 Co-pilot Jun-45 FEH Ferry Crew 46
F/O William R Banks T64652 Navigator Jun-45 FEH Ferry Crew 46
S/Sgt George W Bonderant  37356947 Radio Operator Jun-45 FEH Ferry Crew 46
T/Sgt  Louis J Patrizzi 19094301 Flight Engineer Jun-45 FEH Ferry Crew 46
S/Sgt Herman Bellerjeau 33578020 Armorer-Gunner  Jun-45 FEH Ferry Crew 46 
S/Sgt James W Guttery 18155974 Aerial Gunner Jun-45 FEH Ferry Crew 46
S/Sgt William R Moore 16139689 Aerial Gunner Jun-45 FEH Ferry Crew 46
S/Sgt Russell S Selberg 37573378 Aerial Gunner Jun-45 FEH Ferry Crew 46

2Lt Robert Daniel and crew were initially assigned to the 753BS on February 22, 1945.  Four days later, on February 26th, the entire crew were transferred to the 754BS. On the day they were assigned, the 754th lost two crews on the mission to Peine/Hildesheim. This may have been the reason for Daniels’ transfer.  Their first mission was on March 12th to Friedburg, Germany.  They flew a total of seven missions in March, all in different aircraft.

In April the crew completed another seven missions, using six aircraft.  The last of these was on the April 20th attack on the railroad bridge near Zwiesel, Germany.

Two of the crew’s gunners, S/Sgts Herman Bellerjeau and William Moore, flew on the last Eighth Air Force mission of the war on April 25, 1945.  Bellerjeau flew with 2Lt Glenn J. Wallis and crew aboard an aircraft that had been recently transferred form the 453BG, named Linda Lou on their 21st mission; and Moore flew 1Lt Ralph J. Nutter, Jr on Dorothy Kay Special.  It was Nutter’s 19th combat mission.  It is not known whether the men volunteered to fly or were assigned as fill in gunners.

In June 1945 the crew were tasked with the job of flying one of the group’s Liberators back to the States.

Missions

DanielMissions
Date Target 458th Msn Pilot Msn Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn A/C Name Comments
12-Mar-45 FRIEDBURG 202 1 42-95108 B Z5 64 ENVY OF 'EM ALL II  
17-Mar-45 HANNOVER 205 2 42-50578 F Z5 45 SKY ROOM  
19-Mar-45 LEIPHEIM 207 3 42-51179 P Z5 79 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
21-Mar-45 HESEPE 209 4 42-100366 H Z5 71 MIZPAH  
24-Mar-45 KIRKOFF 213 5 44-40298 E Z5 47 THE SHACK  
30-Mar-45 WILHELMSHAVEN 215 6 44-40126 L Z5 75 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP   
31-Mar-45 BRUNSWICK 216 7 42-95183 U Z5 95 BRINEY MARLIN  
06-Apr-45 HALLE 219 8 42-51179 P Z5 88 DUSTY'S DOUBLE TROUBLE  
07-Apr-45 KRUMMEL 220 9 42-110059 T Z5 76 UNKNOWN 056 466TH "C" GRP
08-Apr-45 UNTERSCHLAUERSBACH  221 10 42-51196 Q J3 57 THE GYPSY QUEEN  
14-Apr-45 POINTE DE GRAVE 225 11 42-50578 F Z5 55 SKY ROOM  
16-Apr-45 LANDSHUT 227 12 42-50456 D Z5 57 DOROTHY KAY SPECIAL  
18-Apr-45 PASSAU 228 13 42-50640 O Z5 46 BUGS BUNNY  
20-Apr-45 ZWIESEL 229 14 42-51196 Q J3 64 THE GYPSY QUEEN


June 1945

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Daniel crew members, along with ground men preparing to return to the States. Aircraft is B-24J-1-FO 42-50640 Z5 O Bugs Bunny
Sitting, 4th from right: S/Sgt James W. Guttery - G
Identified by: Ben Guttery

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