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

Kotlan Crew - 838th Squadron
Back row L to R: Captain Lester E. Kotlan (pilot), 2nd Lt Ralph H. Dolan (co-pilot), 1st Lt Stanley Gold (navigator), 1st Lt George F. Lang (bombardier)
Front row L to R: Ralph W. Pittman (aerial gunner), Lee A. Denin (tail gunner), Sgt Frank A. Royak (ball-turret gunner), Sgt Carl E. Sonka (flight engineer), Sgt Edward J. Rodgers (radio operator)
Crew was assigned to the 487th 1-Aug-1944. Additional crew member, Francis J. Fagan (aerial gunner) was part of the crew at that time.
Photo likely taken in the US during training.
Ranks, where shown, are from records of the 487th.
(photo provided by Lyle Robertson, grandson of Carl Sonka)

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