Lieutenant Vincent of the 458th Bomb Group outside the officers club. Image via Lieutenant Vincent. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'In front of the combat officers club at Horsham- one of those Raleigh Racers was mine.'
Lieutenant Reilley, Lieutenant Fields and Lieutenant Vincent of the 458th Bomb Group stand outside a "Glass Palace" Club. Image via Lieutenant Vincent. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Old Cotton-Lt Reilly, Lt Fields, Lt Vincent. Front of "Glass Palace" club for new flyers.'
Airmen of the 458th Bomb Group gather outside a hangar before a mission in July 1944.
In the foreground are Joe Kania (without cap), Charlie Aillet (with cap) and Bob Vincent (with cigar).
Image via Lieutenant Vincent
Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Intill smoke cigars, 753rd Hangar & operations. Kania W/O cap, Cullet W/ Cap, Vincent with cigar.'
A bomber crew of the 458th Bomb Group with their B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-40291) nicknamed "Royal Flush". Image via Lieutenant Vincent. Handwritten inscription on image: 'England July 4, 1944.... Crew of- "The Royal Flush".' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Crew 29, Note figure Cat from Royal Flush. Lt Morford- Pilot, Lt Vincent- co-pilot, Lt Butler- Bombardier, Lt Strand- Navigator, Sgt Kania- Eng, -KN-, Sgt Morales- Gnr, Sgt Weight- Gnr, Sgt Fowler- Gnr, Sgt Betts- Gnr, SSgt Aillet- R.O.'
A B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-40281) nicknamed "A Dog's Life" of the 458th Bomb Group. Image via Lieutenant Vincent. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Faris, My 35th Mission, 27 Dec 1944.'
A bomber crew of the 458th Bomb Group with their B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-40281) nicknamed "A Dogs Life". Image via Lieutenant Vincent. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Crew 24, Sub co-pilot- Unk, Pilot Lt Vincent, Req Co-pilot- Lt Cronkite, Bombiagtor [sic] Lt Halvorsen, Genner- Sgt Johnson, RO- Valenzvela, Sgt, Eng- Sgt Lohr, GRR- Moss, Sgt, Sub Eng- Unk, Sub Gnr- Unk, Reg NT Gnr- wounded in hosp, Sgt Simpson.
Posing next to B-24J 42-110070 Z5-E 'Elmer / Lady Luck'.
Standing: Robert Morford, Robert Vincent, John Butler, George Strand, Joseph Kania
Kneeling, 3rd from left: Charlie Fowler, Far right: Charles Aillet
Three unidentified gunners kneeling: Edward Betts, Vincent Morreale, and Frederick Wright
Crew members of the 754th Bomb Squadron, 458th Bomb Group, pose beside Consolidated B-24 42-110070 'Lady Luck' somewhere in England. 13 November 1944.
Standing L-R: T/Sgt Charles Aillet, 1Lt George E Strand, Capt Robert W Vincent, Capt Robert W Morford, 1Lt John R Butler.
Kneeling L-R: Unknown Sgt, T/Sgt Joseph J Kania, S/Sgt Charlie M Fowler, Unknown Sgt, Unknown Sgt.
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12030-81706AC.
Robert W Vincent flew 35 combat missions, 5 Truckin' and 2 weather missions with the 458th Bomb Group. Was assigned to the Azon Project (radio controlled bombs). The Azon aircraft was named 'A Dog's Life'.
Was involved in an incident that several military historians described as unparralleled in WWII. During a mission to Metz, he discovered the group was lining up on a friendly target. He advised the group leader but was rebuffed. He broke formation and led his element, and another element followed, bombing the correct target. Historians named the action, 'Vincent's Rebellion. He was threatened with a court-martial, vindicated by General Patton and was promoted.
Was assigned as project officer for infrared satelite, U-2 support and NATO. Was a career officer and retired in 1971.
DFC/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ARCR w/ 1 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ADSM/ ACM/ WW II VM/ NDSM w/ 1 BSS/ AFLSA w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ EAME w/ 6 BSS/ AFOUA w/ 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Units served with
The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...
8th Air Force Headquarters opened in London under the command of General Carl A Spaatz on 18 June 1942.
Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Force-landed or crashed on the Continent 10-Jan-45. Salvaged 13-Mar-45.
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