Standing: T/SGT Max K. Van Buren – FE; T/SGT Leon C. Huggard – RO; CPT Charles S. “Sam” Evans – P; 1LT Frederick A. Johnson – CP; 1LT George F. Adkins – B
Kneeling: S/SGT James A. Michaelson – G; S/SGT Lawrence R. Matson – Armorer/WG; S/SGT Darrell W. Latch – G
Missing: 2LT Walter M. Cline -- N; S/SGT Donald R. Conway -- FE
Winter 1944, Horsham St. Faith
The aircraft behind the crew is likely B-24J-5 FO, 42-50768, ARISE MY LOVE AND COME WITH ME. If so, this photo would have been taken just after either mission no. 21 on 30 October 1944 to Hamburg or mission no. 22 on 5 November 1944 to Karlsruhe.
L to R: S/Sgt Larry Matson - WG; S/Sgt Darrell Latch - G; 2LT Walt Cline - N; CPT Sam Evans - P (under cockpit); ground officer (back to camera). Port engine feathered -- out of fuel.
On returning from a mission over Eisenach, Germany, on 20 Jul 1944, the A/C encountered much air turbulence and used up most of its fuel. Upon landing, the nose wheel refused to descend. CPT Evans managed to land the ship with insignificant or no damage.
Born 13 Nov 1924 in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois; sent by draft board in March 1943 to army induction center for possible induction; entered service the same month; trained at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri; Franklin Technical Institue in Boston, Massachusetts; Peterson Field, Colorado; and Tonopah, Nevada; sent overseas January 1944; assigned as aerial gunner on a B-24 Liberator piloted by Captain Charles S. "Sam" Evans; completed 25 (of the 30 required) combat missions as of 1 December 1944; discharged at Scott Field, Illinois, September 1945.
He was a budding musician, playing in both his high school band and orchestra, and was also in at least one high school play. After his service, he was employed primarily in the insurance industry.
Died 30 Mar 1997 in Omaha, Nebraska, at age 72.
Military | Captain | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
The 50-page description of CPT Evans' military service is found at http://www.2ndair.org.uk/consumption/groups/public/documents/article/ncc175528.pdf (as listed in http://www.2ndair.org.uk/Second_Air_Division/Wartime_memories/index.htm).
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...
A Dog's Life crashed on 13th February 1945 during a training mission, with the loss of all onboard crew. The crash is one of two recorded on the memorial plaque in Church Street, Old Catton, Norwich.
Had a troublesome career of seven missions with the 754th Squadron before being converted for assembly ship duties. Flew from May 44 until 9 Mar 45 when an undercarriage leg collapsed and crashed.
20 July 1944
42 A/C of the 458th BG were assigned a primary target at Eisenach (armament factories). Cloud cover resulted in the formation attacking targets of opportunity with fair to good results.
18 August 1944
We led the Wing to France to bomb a fuel dump. Made 3 runs on the target. We hit it on the third run. Major Harmon flew Pilot; 12000 feet altitude.
Military site : airfield
Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...
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