The Henry H. Northrop crew in Topeka, Kansas, just before leaving for England. They left Topeka on the morning of 27 April 1944 and, vie Goose Bay, Labrador, Iceland and Ireland, they arrived in England on 3 May,
Back row, from left to right :
Charles D. Clifford, Tail Gunner;
Joseph Risko, Waist Gunner;
Alexander Cardenas, Nose Turret Gunner;
Harold J. Flaugher, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner;
Lawrence E. Dean, Radio Operator;
Jack J. Gonzales, Ball Turret Gunner.
Front row, from left to right :
Frank C. Deimel, Navigator;
Henry H. Northrop, Pilot;
Dee Jack Butler, Co-Pilot;
Thomas F. Jeffers, Bombardier.
[ Photo : via Marilyn Jeffers Walton ]
[ Note : Waist Gunner Sgt Joseph Risko was suffering from frostbite endured during the 14 June mission, and was replaced on 18 June by 1st Lt William J. Brodek who assigned himself as a Waist Gunner that day. ]
Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Waist gunner on B-24 41-28733
'Rhapsody in Junk'. Suffered form frostbite due to faulty heated suit 14-Jul-44. Hospitalised for 6 days missing 'Rhapsody in Junk' final mission. Finished his tour of 35 missions with several other different crews. ETD.
Awards: DFC, AM (6 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 Stars).
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
2nd Lt. Thomas F. Jeffers, bombardier, was shot down on 18 June 1944 on his 3rd mission. B-24 was named 'Rhapsody in Junk'. Was Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft III for 7 months and was a POW at Stalag VIIA for 3 more months. He was liberated from...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
Crashed in Blick, Germany, near the village Süderbrarup in Schleswig-Holstein on 6/18/44 in B-24 “Rhapsody in Junk.” POW at Stalag Luft III and Stalag VII-A.
Units served with
Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
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...
Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Fassberg airfield, Germany shot down by flak on the 18-Jun-44. 9 x POW 1 x KIA. MACR 5908.
14 June 1944
Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.
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...
||Detroit, MI, USA
||Horsham St Faith
||1943 – 5 November 1944
Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF.
||Horsham St Faith, Norwich NR10, UK
||14 June 1944 – 21 June 1944
Hospitalised with frostbite.
|End Tour Duty (ETD)
||5 November 1944
Ended Tour Duty (ETD).