458th Bombardment Group (H)

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

Haydon Crew - Assigned 752nd Squadron - May 1944

Standing: Milton Feldman - N, Richard Gibney - CP, Harold Weiss - B, Theodore Haydon - P
Kneeling: Leo Smrz - TTG, Lloyd Chapman - E, Sigmund Frohlich - RO, James Thomason - NTG, Aubrey Taylor - BTG, Walter Torley TTG
Photo: Beryl Culver

Crew Completed Tour

HaydonCrew
Rank First Name MI Last Name  Serial #  Pos Date Status  Notes
1Lt Theodore E Haydon 0692876 Pilot 16-Oct-44 CT Apptd Asst Sta & Grp S3
1Lt Richard J Gibney 0818512 Co-pilot Oct-44 CT Awards - Distinguished Flying Cross
2Lt Milton M Feldman 0711370 Navigator 29-Jun-44 POW Bail out over Germany - fire in ship
1Lt Harold J Weiss 0702079 Bombardier 14-Sep-44 UNK Awards - Distinguished Flying Cross
S/Sgt Sigmund   Frohlich 39557591 Radio Operator 01-Jul-44 UNK Promoted to T/Sgt
S/Sgt Lloyd C Chapman 34645313 Flight Engineer 01-Jul-44 UNK Promoted to T/Sgt
Sgt Leo V Smrz 36293158 Armorer-Gunner 01-Jul-44 UNK Promoted to S/Sgt
Sgt James V Thomason 14178193 Armorer-Gunner 01-Jul-44 UNK Promoted to S/Sgt
Sgt Aubrey F Taylor 38207259 Armorer-Gunner 01-Jul-44 UNK Promoted to S/Sgt
Sgt Walter K Torley 33150071 Armorer-Gunner 01-Jul-44 UNK Promoted to S/Sgt
1Lt Theodore Haydon's crew was assigned to the 458th in May 1944.  Other than a few cryptic entries in the group and 752nd Squadron records, there is not much is not much known about this crew.  Haydon flew 30 missions and Gibney flew 10 missions as first pilot, but the circumstances of him becoming a first pilot are unknown.  Haydon and Gibney were both awarded the DFC in October, presumably for the completion of their combat tours.  Haydon went on to be the assistant group and station S3 (Operations) officer.

2Lt Milton Feldman, the crew's navigator ended up as a prisoner of war at the end of June 1944.  He was apparently needed as a replacement on the crew of 1Lt Kenneth Gorrell.  When their aircraft momentarily caught fire due to a flak hit in the oxygen system, Feldman and nose-turret gunner Sgt James Murray bailed out through the nose wheel door.  Both men parachuted successfully, but landed separately.  Feldman was picked up fairly quickly and well treated, but Sgt Murray was apprehended and subsequently shot by a German official.  Their story is detailed in the "Stories" page on this website under Murder Unresolved.

Little is known about the activities of the rest of the crew.  It is assumed that since both of their pilots completed their tours in August and September, that most, if not all of the crew completed theirs as well.

Missions - Lt Haydon pilot

HaydonMissions
DATE  TARGET 458th Msn Pilot Msn  Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn  A/C Name  Notes
20-May-44 RHEIMS A/D 43 1 42-95177 S 7V 7 BO II  
21-May-44 SIRACOURT 44 2 41-29352 K 7V 19 WOLVE'S LAIR  
23-May-44 BOURGES 45 3 41-29352 K 7V 20 WOLVE'S LAIR  
24-May-44 VILLEROCHE 46 4 41-29352 K 7V 21 WOLVE'S LAIR  
25-May-44 MULHOUSE M/Y 47 5 41-28721 V 7V 24 DOWNWIND LEG  
27-May-44 NEUNKIRCHEN 48 6 41-29352 K 7V 22 WOLVE'S LAIR  
29-May-44 TUTOW A/F 50 7 41-28942 U 7V 2 HEAVENLY BODY  
04-Jun-44 BOURGES A/F 54 8 42-95219 W 7V 11 PATCHIE  
06-Jun-44 VILLERS BOCAGE 57 9 41-28709 I 7V 18 LUCKY STRIKE MSN #2
07-Jun-44 LISIEUX 59 10 42-95219 W 7V 14 PATCHIE  
11-Jun-44 BLOIS 62 ABT 41-28682 I Z5 -- UNKNOWN 003 ABORT - LOST FORMATION
14-Jun-44 DOMLEGER 65 11 42-100311 A 7V 28 YOKUM BOY  
18-Jun-44 FASSBERG A/D 69 12 42-95118 E 7V 4 ALFRED V MSN #1
20-Jun-44 ST MARTIN-L'HORTIER 74 13 42-100311 A 7V 31 YOKUM BOY MSC #2 LEAD SEC 1
21-Jun-44 BERLIN 75 ABT 41-29352 K 7V -- WOLVE'S LAIR ABORT - 2 SUP CHGR OUT
28-Jun-44 SAARBRUCKEN 81 14 42-52455 O 7V 37 PLUTOCRAT  
29-Jun-44 ASCHERSLEBEN 82 15 42-52455 O 7V 38 PLUTOCRAT  
02-Jul-44 COUBRONNE 83 16 42-52455 O 7V 39 PLUTOCRAT  
06-Jul-44 KIEL 85 17 42-52455 O 7V 40 PLUTOCRAT  
12-Jul-44 MUNICH 89 18 42-52455 O 7V 43 PLUTOCRAT  
16-Jul-44 SAARBRUCKEN 91 19 42-52455 O 7V 44 PLUTOCRAT  
17-Jul-44 3 NO BALLS 92 20 42-52455 O 7V 45 PLUTOCRAT  
18-Jul-44 TROARN 93 21 44-40126 D Z5 14 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP  
20-Jul-44 EISENACH 95 22 42-95050 J 7V 31 GAS HOUSE MOUSE  
21-Jul-44 MUNICH 96 23 42-50314 L 7V 38 ETO PLAYHOUSE  
25-Jul-44 ST. LO AREA "B" 98 24 42-52455 O 7V 47 PLUTOCRAT  
31-Jul-44 LUDWIGSHAFEN 99 25 41-29352 K 7V 42 WOLVE'S LAIR  
01-Aug-44 T.O.s FRANCE 100 26 42-52441 I J3 44 LAST CARD LOUIE  
02-Aug-44 3 NO BALLS 101 ABT 42-50314 L 7V -- ETO PLAYHOUSE ABORT - #4ENG OIL LEAK
04-Aug-44 ACHIET A/F 104 27 42-95050 J 7V 35 GAS HOUSE MOUSE  
05-Aug-44 BRUNSWICK/WAGGUM 105 28 41-29340 N 7V 42 YANKEE BUZZ BOMB  
12-Aug-44 MOURMELON 111 29 44-40118 R 7V 1 WE'LL GET BY  
15-Aug-44 VECHTA 114 30 42-52455 O 7V 50 PLUTOCRAT  
29-Sep-44 HORSHAM to LILLE TR12 -- 42-52737 K 489BG T12 THE SHAFT TRUCKIN' MISSION

Lt Gibney's missions as first pilot

GibneyMissions
DATE  TARGET 458th Msn Pilot Msn  Serial RCL Sqdn A/C Msn  A/C Name  Notes
31-Jul-44 LUDWIGSHAFEN 99 1 42-100408 D J4 25 BEASTFACE  
01-Aug-44 T.O.s FRANCE 100 2 42-52457 Q 7V 45 FINAL APPROACH  
02-Aug-44 3 NO BALLS 101 3 42-52457 Q 7V 46 FINAL APPROACH  
03-Aug-44 2 NO BALLS 102 4 42-52457 Q 7V 47 FINAL APPROACH  
04-Aug-44 ACHIET A/F 104 5 44-40126 D Z5 18 SPITTEN KITTEN / SKY TRAMP  
11-Aug-44 STRASBOURG 110 6 41-29340 N 7V 46 YANKEE BUZZ BOMB  
12-Aug-44 MOURMELON 111 7 42-52457 Q 7V 51 FINAL APPROACH  
14-Aug-44 DOLE/TAVAUX 113 ABT 41-29340 N 7V -- YANKEE BUZZ BOMB ABORT - GAS LEAK
18-Aug-44 WOIPPY 116 8 42-52455 O 7V 52 PLUTOCRAT  
24-Aug-44 HANNOVER 117 9 42-52457 Q 7V 52 FINAL APPROACH  
25-Aug-44 LUBECK 118 10 42-52457 Q 7V 53 FINAL APPROACH  
11-Sep-44 MAGDEBURG 126 ASSY 41-28697 Z Z5 A16 SPOTTED APE ASSEMBLY CREW - HAYDON CO-PILOT

Members of Haydon's crew with "Plutocrat"

Standing, Far left: Aubrey Taylor
Kneeling: James Thomason, Sigmund Frohlich, Lloyd Chapman, Lt H. Weiss, Walter Torley

If anyone can identify the other members in this photo, please contact me.
Photo: FOLD3

2Lt Milton Feldman became a POW on June 29, 1944 while flying with another crew.