487th Bomb Group (H)
Station 137 - Lavenham, Suffolk, UK
22-Sep-43 to 7-Nov-45

Links of interest to 487th Association members


Featured Links of interest

Historical 487th Bomb Group Markers Historic markers of the 487th at the National Museum of the 8th Air Force in Pooler, GA
Kutchins/Echon Crew - Color 8mm! Priceless film from the base in Lavenham, aerial footage and other crew activities! MUST SEE!!!!
BBC Story about 487th Bomb Group This aired in 2009, but remains a wonderful show to watch. Interviews by people known to the 487th 'family'. The film starts out a bit rough, but gets better.


Three "message boards" where discussions of the 487th take place

487th Bomb Group Message board (1) This is a 'forum' on Facebook for the 487th. A Facebook account is needed to access this. It is very active.
487th Bomb Group Message board (2) This is a 'forum' where discussions about the 487th can be conducted. Right now this site is undergoing RE-construction, so it's usefulness is limited.
487th Bomb Group Message board (3) A Yahoo 'forum' for discussions about the 487th. This group is now much less in use, since the Facebook group was established.


Ways to search the web for 487th Bomb Group Information

487th Bomb Group Search # 1 Click on this link to use GOOGLE to search the "web" for references to the 487th Bomb Group. Some things you find may already be in the list below, but there will be many others. The reason there are 2 LINKS here is that these Search "Engines" may provide different results.
487th Bomb Group Search # 2 Click on this link to use BING to search the "web" for references to the 487th Bomb Group. Some things you find may already be in the list below, but there will be many others. The reason there are 2 LINKS here is that these Search "Engines" may provide different results.
487th Bomb Group Search # 3 Click on this link to use GOOGLE to search the "web" for references to the 487th Bomb Group that are new in the last year.
487th Bomb Group Search # 4 Click on this link to use GOOGLE to search the "web" for references to the 487th Bomb Group that are new in the last month.
Search the 487th Bomb Group web site Click on this link to search the 487th Bomb Group web site for any words or names.


Additional links you should check

12 O'Clock High Luftwaffe and Allied Air Forces Discussion Forum
486th Bomb Group (H) Web site of the 487th's sister group the 486th Bomb Group (H)
AAF Research starting point This is a summary of many resources that you can use in your research. Being re-constructed as of this writing.
ABMC American Battle Monuments Commission
Aero Vintage Books - B-17 locations Aero Vintage Books website - Listing of where existing B-17's can be found
Air Venture Museum - B-17 tour Air Venture Museum - B-17 tour Check this out! All crew positions are described in the videos. Captain Les Kotlan (pilot), and Sgt. Harvin Abrahamson (radio operator) of the 487th Bomb Group discuss their responsibilities aboard the B-17
Air Force Aircraft research Joe Baugher has compiled a comprehensive list, by serial number of military aircraft. This covers most/all aircraft that would have been assigned to the 487th Bomb Group.
American WWII Orphans Network For those who lost parents in WWII
ArmyAirForces.com Great source of information on the Air Forces of WWII. It contains information on the groups and forums for research and to which you can post questions
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
B-24 Best Web B-24 Research site. Photos of B-24's from the 487th and many other groups
Castle Air Museum Castle Air Museum in Atwater California, named for Brigadier General Frederick W. Castle
Collings Foundation Many of you have seen their well known B-17 (Nine-O-Nine) and B-24 (Witchcraft) touring the country
Commemorative Air Force Formerly known as the Confederate Air Force - one of the premier organizations in the world dedicated to keeping WWII aircraft flying
The Crash of B-17 44-8444 'Treble Four' The story of the aircraft known as 'Treble Four' and it's loss on 24-Dec-1944. This is researched here and documented by Paul Webber.
EAA Warbirds Experimental Aviation Association's Warbirds web site. Their motto, "Keep 'Em Flying"!
Eighth Air Force Society Eighth Air Force Historical Society, links to many research resources
Eighth Air Force Society - Links to other Bomb Groups
(Updated 29-Mar-2015)
Eighth Air Force Historical Society links to web sites for 8th AAF Bomb Groups
Eighth Air Force Operations Eighth Air Force Historical Operations site, describing groups, bases, targets, missions
Facebook Facebook - the 487th has a group on facebook!
GI Intelligence Dept. WWII Living History & Reenacting Information - This site contains a lot of 'real' information, such as radio procedures, uniform information, etc.
Gray Eagles Gray Eagles - a wonderful story and video of a P-51, it's pilot and his family. Thanks to Don Kilburg for directing us to this!
Grenier Field Grenier Field in Manchester, NH was a US airfield through which some 487th crews passed during the war. This site describes some of the field's war history.
Lavenham Lavenham Community Council's Web site
Lavenham Airfield Station 137
Library of Congress Library of Congress, Veterans History Project. This link specifically lists information about 487th crew, some with documents and/or recorded interviews!
Mid Atlantic Air Museum Mid Atlantic Air Museum - 24th Annual WWII Weekend, June 6-7, 2014 - Reading Regional Airport, PA
National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force (formerly Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum)
Mighty 8th Cross Reference Excellent web site that will link you to many/all the existing 8th AAF web sites
National Archives Link to the US National Archives
National Archives - WWII records Link to the US National Archives - specifically resources in the archives dedicated to World War II
National WWII Memorial The memorial is in Washington D.C. and our 487th reunion group visited it in 2004. This web site commemorates the memorial and contains a registry where you can list your family members who served.
New England Air Museum Museum of the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association. Check it out!
Penn State - 8th Air Force Archive Archive of Eighth Air Force materials, housed with the Penn State University Libraries. Materials seem varied and evidently are available to researchers. Check the material online at this link and the description of their other resources.
Regis College Center for the study of War Experience. The 487th Bomb Group Association helps support this worthy effort, and our very own Mike Quering sits on the advisory board.
Sally B The last airworthy B-17 flying in the United Kingdom
St Peter and St Paul Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Lavenham. The landmark church in Lavenham, seen by many 487th crews returning from training flights and missions
Veterans National Gravesite Locator Site where you can search for information on burial locations for Veterans
Wright Museum World War II Museum located in Wolfeboro, NH featuring authentic displays of Home Front America between the years 1939 and 1945
WWII Forums Site with various forums and discussions about WWII.
Yankee Air Museum The Yankee Air Museum, home of the B-17G, Yankee Lady, that flew many who attended the Kalamazoo 2008 reunion


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