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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A bomber crew of the 458th Bomb Group with their B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-51110) nicknamed "Top O' the Mark.' The crew are: (back row, left to right) Carl Johnson - Nose Gunner, Chuck Frazer - Gunner, Charles Gretz - Top Turret Gunner, "Bubba" Monroe - Co-Pilot, (front row, left to right) Dick Eselgroth - Navigator, Al Miller - Bombardier, Billy Duke - Pilot "Luke" Lucas - Radio Operator, Baldamore Garcia - Engineer, "Pan" Panarese - Tail Gunner . Image via RM Eselgroth. Written on slide casing: 'Crew 22, 458th Bomb Gp. 754th Squadron, Horsham Jan 1945.'

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Units

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    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...

People

  • William Duke

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Pilot of B-24 #4410491 'Iron Duke'. Shot down over Bieber, Germany and crashed at Hainhausen on 22 February 1945. He and his co-pilot Lt. A. B. Monroe and waist gunner Sergeant Charles Frazer were murdered by German civilian police. (Story of 'Iron...

  • Richard Eselgroth

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator
    Shot down 22 February 1945 in B-24 #4410491 'Iron Duke. ' Prisoner of War (POW). After the war, Richard Eselgroth shared copies of some of his colour slides with historian Roger Freeman. These images are now part of IWM's Roger Freeman Collection.

  • Charles Frazer

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot down over Beiber, Germany and crashed at Hainhausen on 22 February 1945 B-24 #4410491 'Iron Duke'. Pilot William A. Duke and Co-Pilot Lt. A. B. Monroe were murdered by German civilian police. (Story of 'Iron Duke' and its crew, written by George...

  • Baldamore Garcia

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down 22 February 1945 in B-24 #4410491 'Iron Duke. ' Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Gretz

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Shot down 22 February 1945 in B-24 #4410491 'Iron Duke. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Carl Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner
    Shot down 22 February 1945 in B-24 #4410491 'Iron Duke. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Albert Lucas

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 22 February 1945 in B-24 #4410491 'Iron Duke. ' Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Albert Miller

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier
    Shot down 22 February 1945 in B-24 #4410491 'Iron Duke. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Archibald Monroe

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    On 22 February 1945, Monroe's B-24 (serial number 44-10491) nicknamed "The Iron Duke" was hit by flak during a mission to Peine. Monroe successfully bailed out of the aircraft but was captured by two policemen after landing near Bieber. ...

  • Alessandro Panarese

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 22 February 1945 in B-24 #4410491 'Iron Duke. ' Prisoner of War (POW)

Aircraft

  • 42-51110 Top O' The Mark

    B-24 Liberator
    Crash-landed 29 June 1944 at Horsham St Faith on return from Aschersleben mission after being hit by Anti-aircraft fire and set ablaze. The order to bail out was given, but before the fire was extinguished, two airmen bailed out due to failure of...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:35:09 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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