B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-102889

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-102889


MACR: 6862 / KSU/ME/KU: 1539


History of
B-17 42-102889

Delivered Cheyenne 15/4/44; Hunter 27/4/44; Dow Fd 15/5/44; Assigned 774BS/463BG Celone 20/5/44; Missing in Action Blechhammer 7/7/44 with Ed Lindbloom, Co-pilot: John Sant, Navigator: John Beatty, Bombardier: Ray Edgar, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Harry Cruea, Radio Operator: Larry Shinnick, Ball turret gunner: Colonel {Christian name} Duncan, Waist gunner: William Allen, Waist gunner: Bill Roberts,Tail gunner: Bill Mack; crashed Hradisch; Missing Air Crew Report 6862.

Last updated: 15. July 2021


B-17 42-102889 Details

Statement of Eye Witness

I saw ship number 889 drop out of formation before we hit the target. Then JU-88’s that were out at about four o’clock dropped back, and lined up four and five abreast for the kill. They knocked down two of the fighters, and then I saw eight chutes come from the ship.

Sgt. Nicholas V. Salimbene
Ball Turret Gunner
Ship #795

Source: MACR 6862


B-17 42-102889 Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Edward M. Lindbloom POW
CP 1LT John M. Sant POW
BOMB 2LT Raymond O. Edgar POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Harold L. Cruea POW
RO T/SGT Lawrance W. Shinnick POW
BT S/SGT Colonel L. Duncan POW
WG S/SGT William J. Allen POW
WG S/SGT William E. Roberts, Jr. POW
TG S/SGT William J. Mack KIA

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