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

Spragia Crew - 836th Squadron
Standing, L to R: Dillard P. Contrell (bombardier), Barry W. Coltin (navigator), John W. Duehren (co-pilot), 1st Lt John A. Spragia (pilot)
Kneeling, L to R: William J. Meehan, (radio operator), William J. O’Brien (assistant radio,gunner), S/Sgt Norbert B. Westhues (armorer gunner), S/Sgt Francis V. Reilley (gunner), August A. Brucato (flight engineer)
Crew names identified by hand-written notes on back of original photos and cross-referenced to Ivo's book.
The Spragia crew (as seen in Ivo's book) arrived in Lavenham without a navigator or bombardier. It seems likely this photo was taken in the US and Coltin and Contrell did not join the 487th with the crew.
(photo provided by Peter Reilley)


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