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

An airman of the 458th Bomb Group sits atop the nose of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95120) nicknamed "Hookem Cow". Image via RM Eselgroth.



  • 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...


  • 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.


  • 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.


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

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection