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Fred J Eisert


1Lt Fred J. Eisert and his crew arrived at Horsham St. Faith on September 11, 1944, just as the group was coming off of combat operations for a month in order to ferry gasoline to Patton’s army in France. The crew flew their first mission on October 5, 1944 to Paderborn, Germany, and their last on April 25, 1945 to Bad Reichenhall, the last Eighth Air Force mission of the war. The crew’s entire combat tour consisted of targets in Germany, including one trip to Berlin, and five missions to Magdeburg, four of which were flown consecutively. Eisert flew five missions as squadron lead and one (April 25, 1945) as deputy group lead. The crew received a commendation for their efforts on the March 19, 1945 mission to Leipheim. They led the second squadron over the target, and bombardier 1Lt Edouard Jacques achieved “Excellent” bombing results with his drop. Most of the crew were transferred to the 70th Replacement Depot in May 1945 and then rotated back to the States.

The crew was originally assigned to the 755th Squadron, but was transferred to the 752nd Squadron on October 23, 1944. It was at this time that the group had decided the 755th Squadron was going to be filled with lead crews, so many of the crews in all squadrons were shuffled around. Eisert flew 13 missions with the 752nd during October and November. At the end of November the crew was evidently chosen for lead training and their missions ceased for one month. They were all transferred back into the 755th Squadron on December 20th with the exception of co-pilot Walter Schuch, whose seat would be occupied by a command pilot.



  • Robert Gellock

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 458th Bomb Group

  • Lawrence Harrington

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 458th Bomb Group

  • James Heitz

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    See pilot, Fred J. Eisert for mission list.

  • Gunther Hepprich

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group

  • Boyd Lawson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Trowbridge

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 458th Bomb Group

  • Albert Weitz

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 458th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 752nd Bomb Squadron
  • 755th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-51215

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95120 Hookem Cow/Betty/Stinky

    B-24 Liberator
    Previously named Betty and Stinky, the Hookem Cow crashed shortly after takeoff, with 5 crew killed, 2 wounded. These men were the last casualties of the 458th Bomb Group.


  • 315

    24 April 1944

  • 665

    5 October 1944

  • 667

    6 October 1944

  • 669

    7 October 1944

  • 678

    15 October 1944

  • 681

    17 October 1944

  • 685

    22 October 1944

  • 698

    2 November 1944

  • 700

    4 November 1944

  • 702

    5 November 1944

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Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Long Island City, Queens, NY, USA 8 September 1916
Died Monroe, OH, USA 26 January 2009

Eisert, Lt. Col. Fred Joseph II (USAF, Ret) Fred Eisert, 92, passed away Monday, January 26, 2009, at Mount Pleasant Retirement Village in Monroe. He was predeceased by his wife Marion Sullivan (1942), wife Virginia Fitts (2007), and brother Carl. Fred was born in Queens NY, son of the late Fred J. and Mary A. (Burgess) Eisert. He attended City College of NY and worked as an electrician and an elevator mechanic in NYC before joining the Army Air Corps in 1941. During WW II, Fred piloted B-24s in the 8th Air Force. He graduated from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1949 and earned his Masters degree from Miami University in 1972. Lt. Colonel Eisert retired from the Air Force in 1968. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Euro-African-Middle East Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. After retiring from the Air Force, Fred taught in Dayton area schools. He was an active community volunteer including over 25 years at WPAFB Hospital

Buried Greene County, OH, USA 29 January 2009

Rockafield Cemetery
Greene County
Ohio, USA


Date Contributor Update
02 June 2016 19:28:58 sweetgodivagirl Changes to firstname

Please change name from Frederick to Fred. I am his daughter, he was never formally or informally named Frederick. Thanks!

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2016 23:31:16 466thHistorian Changes to firstname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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27 September 2014 18:10:19 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / page 258 in the book SECOND AIR DIVISION, D790.A2S45, 1998 edition