Shackleton, Edward W., MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 748, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1940 - 1942
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Master Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
353rd Bomb Squadron

Casualty Date
Nov 28, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Carthage, Tunisia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen

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Flight Engineer Badge
Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1940-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 748, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 748, 353rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Edward W. Shackleton was born, according to census data, in 1921 in Pennsylvania. He was a son of Thomas B. and Mary Shackleton. The US Census 1940 states the family was in Horsham, Pennsylvania.

Shackleton enlisted on September 7, 1940 in the US Army Air Forces as a private requesting assignment to the Philippine Department. He had completed 4 years of high school, and was employed in the sheet metal craft. It is nor known whether he got to the Philippines: his first assignment located shows he was a member of the B-17 crew led by Lt Maher in North Africa in 1942.

The crew was given the assignment to assist in bombing targets in the Bizerte, Tunisia area on November 28, 1942. En route to the target, the formation was intercepted by German fighters, and Shackleton's B-17 was shot down. It crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. There were no survivors, and the bodies were never recovered.

MSgt Edward Shackleton is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in the North Africa America Cemetery in Tunis.
NARA Enlistment Records
US Census 1940


MSgt Edward Shackleton was the assigned flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-17F # 41024374, unnamed, assigned to the 353rd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16038 was issued, and loading logs list the crew as:

1 Lt Robert E. Maher  p
2 Lt Roy C. Tobey  c-p
2 Lt Lee H. Adkins  nav
2 Lt Fred J. Graf  bomb
MSgt Edward C. Shackleton  eng/tt gun
TSgt Frank J. Conlon  r/o
Sgt  Harry R. Alger  wg
Sgt  Max D. McNeil  wg
Sgt  Charles R. Goodwin  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Shackleton's middle initial is variously given as "W" (NARA records). "O" (, and "C" (crew listing.)

There is no known photo of this crew.

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