B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 43-37987 / Mean Widdle Kid

B-17 #43-37987 / Mean Widdle Kidzoom_in



  • RCL: R5-J

MACR: 13883


History of
B-17 43-37987 / Mean Widdle Kid

Delivered Cheyenne 13/6/44; Kearney 25/6/44; Dow Fd 10/7/44; Assigned 838BS/487BG [R5-J] Lavenham 15/7/44; Missing in Action Brandenburg 7/4/45 with Dick Althouse, Doug Coubram, Tom Eugene,Bill Bressler, Norman Garrison, Harry Gustine, Aaron Coon {tg}, Lincoln Hudson {obs) (8 Prisoner of War); Clyde Oliver, Willis Peake (2 Killed in Action); flak, crashed Havelberg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 13883. MEAN WIDDLE KID.

Last updated: 4. September 2023


B-17 43-37987 / Mean Widdle Kid Details

Aircraft 987 was hit by flak and then circled out of the formation to the left, passed over the formation and then began to lose altitude. Number 2 engine was windmilling. It leveled off, with no sign of fire. One crew reported seeing the left wing break off and an explosion causing the aircraft to lose control.

Source: MACR 13883

Standing L to R: S/Sgt Leon C. Wiggins (waist gunner), 1st Lt Art Stofko (copilot), 2nd Lt Peter J. Brown (pilot), 1st Lt Roy E. Wickerham (bombardier/navigator)
Kneeling L to R: S/Sgt John Smith (nose gunner), S/Sgt Amos L. Garrett (flight engineer), Sgt Frank A. Wosnick (tail gunner), Sgt Frank A. Cummings (Radio Operator), S/Sgt Richard O. Mason (ball gunner)
Photo via http://www.487thbg.org/Photos/BrownCrew003.shtml

B-17 43-37987 / Mean Widdle Kid Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Richard L. Althouse POW
CP 1LT Clyde E. Oliver KIA
BOMB S/SGT Aaron C. Coon POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Thomas J. Fugere POW
RO T/SGT William R. Bressler POW
BT S/SGT Norman B. Garrison POW
WG S/SGT Harold R. Gustine POW
TG 2LT Willis E. Peake POW
PASS S/SGT Lincoln Hudson POW

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