B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39990 / Junior

B-17 #42-39990 / Juniorzoom_in



  • RCL: 6K-Z

MACR: 4958 / KSU/ME/KU: 1900


History of
B-17 42-39990 / Junior

Delivered Long Beach 27/10/43; Walla Walla 10/11/43; Assigned 730BS/452BG [6K-Z] Deopham Green 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 19/5/44 with Steve Gaal, Co-pilot: Don Blust, Navigator: Les Roewar, Bombardier: Bob Stewart, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Don Ledwick, Radio Operator: Les Hardie, Ball turret gunner: Ralph Pharris, Waist gunner: Burrell Shaw, Waist gunner: John Wrona,Tail gunner: Angelo Bellissimo (10 Prisoner of War); flak, crashed Althuttendorf, 34 miles N of Berlin, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4958. JUNIOR.

Last updated: 19. September 2020


B-17 42-39990 / Junior Details

Following statement made by 1Lt. Frank L. Houston, Jr.:

We were on the bomb run. The ship below and to our left, believed to have been A/C 42-39990, went into a steep dive. The pilot apparently was struggling to pull the plane out of dive. After falling approximately 10000 feet the plane almost reached a horizontal attitude at which point the tail disintegrated.

1Lt. Frank L. Houston, Jr.

Source: MACR 4958


B-17 42-39990 / Junior Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Stephen A. Gaal POW
CP 2LT Donald A. Blust POW
BOMB 2LT Robert A. Stewart POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Donald L. Ledwick POW
RO S/SGT Leslie P. Hardie POW
BT SGT Ralph A. Pharris POW
WG SGT John J. Wrona POW
WG CPL Burrell L. Shaw POW
TG SGT Angelo A. Bellissimo POW

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