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Crew members of the 753rd Bomb Squadron, 458th Bomb Group, pose beside a Consolidated B-24 somewhere in England. 13 November 1944.
B-24JAZ-155-CO Liberator 44-40277 "Miss Used" from the 753rd BS, 458th BG, 8th AF.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12020-81704AC

The crew in the photo flew "Miss Used" from the U.S. to England:
Standing (L-R): Pilot - 1st Lt. Gerald W. Matze, Navigator - 1st Lt. Arthur L. Smith, Bombardier - 1st Lt. Charles W. Bullard, Copilot - 1st Lt. Melvin E. Fields
Middle Row (L-R): Engineer - T/Sgt. Clarence "Pops" W. Ferris, Tail Gunner - S/Sgt. Karl E. Van Kuran,Jr., Radio Operator - T/Sgt. Michael P. Agresta, Left Waist Gunner - S/Sgt. Adolph "Tex" Janowski.
Front Row (L-R): Nose Turret Gunner - S/Sgt. James P. Keel, Right Waist Gunner - S/Sgt. Albert J. Pizzica.
The crew all completed tour.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 753rd Bomb Squadron


  • Michael Agresta

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator

  • Charles Bullard

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Clarence Ferris

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer

  • Melvin Fields

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • Adolph Janowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

  • James Keel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner

  • Gerald Matze

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Albert Pizzica

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Albert Pizzica served as a gunner with the 753rd Bomb Squadron of the 458th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Horsham St Faith, England.

  • Arthur Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator


  • 44-40277 'Miss Used'

    B-24 Liberator
    Aircraft flew 64 missions with 458th and was one of the 10 original AZON/Aphrodite project** control planes. Served as 'Mother Ship' to B-17F 41-24639 'Careful Virgin' on mission to bomb Mimoyecques, France. 4-8-44. ...


  • 515

    4 August 1944


  • Horsham St Faith

    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...


Date Contributor Update
29 January 2018 10:19:42 Lucy May Changes to caption

Changed spelling from 'Pizzaca' to 'Pizzica':

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2015 17:19:03 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations