B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-31047 / Little Duchess aka Wolverine

B-17 #42-31047 / Little Duchess aka Wolverinezoom_in



  • RCL: MS-T

MACR: 2243

Missions: 19


History of
B-17 42-31047 / Little Duchess aka Wolverine

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, Waist gunner: Lloyd Jackson, 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.

Last updated: 18. April 2021


B-17 42-31047 / Little Duchess aka Wolverine Details

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Wolverine” of the 381st Bomb Group stationed at an 8th Air Force base near Ridgewell, Essex County, England, 3 November 1943.
Vapor trail footprints of the grim air battle over enemy occupied territory somewhere in Europe were left by a formation of 381st Bomb Group planes which roared over a few minutes before the Boeing B-17 “WOLVERINE”.


B-17 42-31047 / Little Duchess aka Wolverine Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT Robert P. Dearing KIA
CP 2LT Robert R. Williams POW
BOMB 2LT Paul O. Crabtree POW
ENG/TT S/SGT Wardell H. Horne KIA
RO S/SGT Andrew H. Richards KIA
BT SGT Floyd L. Husvar KIA
WG SGT Floyd H. Jackson KIA
WG SGT Wallace K. Scott KIA
TG S/SGT Loren L. Sanford KIA

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