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42-31047

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 11/9/43; Scott 28/9/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG Ridgewell 20/10/43; Missing in Action 19m Brunswick 30/1/44 with Bob Deering, Navigator: Dave Barer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Wardell Horne, Radio Operator: Andy Richards, Ball turret gunner: Floyd Husvar, Left Waist gunner: Lloyd Jackson, Right Waist gunner: Wallace Scott, Tail gunner: Loren Sandford (8 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Bob Williams, Bombardier: Paul Crabtree (2 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed on a street between Kohle & Ottbergen, six miles E of Hildesheim, Ger; Missing Air Crew Report 2243. LITTLE DUCHESS aka WOLVERINE.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 533rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • David Barer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator. Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. Lt Barer could not bail out due to a stuck escape hatch and the aircraft exploded....

  • Paul Crabtree

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. Lt Crabtree was blown free of the aircraft as it exploded. Prisoner of War at...

  • Robert Deering

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Pilot, Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on a mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. Aircraft exploded. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried by the Germans in the Ottbergen...

  • Wardell Horne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. The aircraft exploded. Killed in Action (KIA). Originally buried by the Germans in the...

  • Floyd Husvar

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Deering crew. Not an original crew member. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission#62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. The aircraft exploded. Killed in Action (KIA). Originally...

  • Lloyd Jackson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Deering crew. Not an original member. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. The aircraft exploded. Killed in Action (KIA). Originally buried...

  • Andrew Richards

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio operator, Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. The aircraft exploded. Killed in Action (KIA). Originally buried by the Germans...

  • Loren Sanford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Tail gunner, Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. The aircraft exploded. Killed in Action (KIA). Originally buried in the...

  • Wallace Scott

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. The aircraft exploded. Killed in Action (KIA). Originally buried by the Germans in the...

  • Robert Williams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Deering crew. 381st BG, 533rd BS, 8th AF. Shot down by fighters on a mission #62 to Brunswick, Germany on 30 Jan 1944 in B-17G #42-31047 'Wolverine'. MACR 2243. Aircraft exploded. Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I. El Paso, TX POW

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

Places

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Germany 30 January 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2018 19:09:15 ARowe95 Changes to markings
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2018 19:08:51 ARowe95 Changes to description, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

ARowe95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 2243 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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