SALISBURY, EDWARD HOLDREDGE, Staff Sergeant, # 20244525, USAAF

 

Edward H. Salisbury was born on 3 June 1916 in New Jersey to John R. Salisbury (1879-1945) and Mary E. (Holdredge) Salisbury (1878-1964). Siblings included Dorothy Salisbury (1905-1992), Ruth E. Salisbury (1906-1992), Laura (Salisbury) Jeffries (1908-    ), Carolyn N. Salisbury (1909-    ), Marion A. (Salisbury) Lucas (1911-    ),   Living with them in 1920 was his maternal grandmother, Margaret O. Holdredge (1841-    ) and an aunt, E. Mytle Holdredge (1883-    ). He was married to Lila (Jahn) Salisbury (1919-1993). He died on 7 February 1990 in Livingston, New Jersey.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in West Orange, New Jersey, in the U.S. Army National Guard, Cavalry, on 6 January 1941, was later transferred to the USAAF, and was honorably discharged on 22 June 1945. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained as an armorer and gunner, responsible for the maintenance and function of the weapons on the B-29 Superfortress (except bombs) and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 November 1944, a B-29, # 42-24706, “Windy City II,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 794th Bomb Squadron (of which Lt.Col. Hennin was Commander), departed the airfield at Kharagpur, India, on a training flight over Halliday Island and return. He was the senior gunner. The # 3 engine was losing power, then caught fire. The Kidde system (fire surpression) was activated and the fire was under control. The electrical system was deactivated. SSgt Metzger was sent to turn on the “putt-putt” (small generator) and did so. As it was activated, the entire right wing exploded. King, Salisbury, Metzger, Dilioway, Davis and Vavra bailed out and saw the B-29 roll over twice as it went down. He was wounded. He was awarded the Air Medal.

BIANCO, WALTER, Staff Sergeant, # 32785122, USAAF

 

Walter Bianco was born on 25 January 1923 in New York, New York, to Frank Bianco (1895-1952) and Viola (Kinkel) Bianco (1903-    ) (married 29 September 1921, NY). A sister was Dorothy Rose (Bianco) Viola (1925-2006).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment and as a gunner on the B-29 Superfortess. and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 28 November 1944, a B-29, # 42-24706, “Windy City II,” assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 794th Bomb Squadron (of which Lt.Col. Hennin was Commander), departed the airfield at Kharagpur, India, on a training flight over Halliday Island and return. He was the radio-gunner. The # 3 engine was losing power, then caught fire. The Kidde system (fire surpression) was activated and the fire was under control. The electrical system was deactivated.