B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-3215 / Linda Mary

B-17 #42-3215 / Linda Maryzoom_in



  • RCL: VP-S

MACR: 3000 / KSU/ME/KU: 1126


History of
B-17 42-3215 / Linda Mary

Delivered Cheyenne 30/3/43; Presque Is 27/5/43; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-S] Ridgewell 28/4/43 with Martin Shenk, Bill Grant, Tom Keheley, Moses Hoppenstein, Shirley Goucher, John Sinclair, Mitch LaBuda, George Bardsley, Jim Sloan, Chas Brinton; Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/44 with Rich Coyle, Co-pilot: John Wierman, Navigator: Bob Hassletine, Bombardier: Bob Baker, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Alby Seabaugh, Radio Operator: Pete Smith, Ball turret gunner: Dan Mendoza, Waist gunner: John Mueller,Tail gunner: Louis Schultz (9 Prisoner of War); Waist gunner: Ray Legg (Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Magdeburg area, Ger, Missing Air Crew Report 3000. LINDA MARY.

Last updated: 18. August 2020


B-17 42-3215 / Linda Mary Details

Eyewitness Statement from MACR 3000

I saw Ship #42-3215 flying on our left wing. The Number Three Engine started burning after we had a fighter attack. They flew along side for about two minutes. The waist door and tail door flew off. We had another fighter attack and the airplane left the formation. That was the last I saw of it.

S/Sgt. Emery Y. Naha
Tail Gunner

I saw ship #42-3215 which was flying to the left of us. Fighters attacked and his underside of the right wing went afire. Shooting flames about four to five feet in lenght. He kept flying in formation for perhaps a minute and then peeled off under control. This was the last I saw of the ship because we were in direct attack with enemy fighters and I could no longer watch the ship. To my estimation the crew had time to bail out.

T/Sgt. Glen A. Holmes
Top Turret Gunner

B-17 42-3215 / Linda Mary is top-left

B-17 42-3215 / Linda Mary Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Richard W. Cole POW
CP 2LT John B. Wierman POW
BOMB 2LT Robert J. Baker POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Albert C. Seabaugh, Jr. POW
RO S/SGT Peter W. Smith POW
BT SGT Daniel Mendoza POW
WG SGT John E. Mueller POW
WG S/SGT Raymond F. Legg KIA
TG SGT Louis G. Schultz POW

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