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

Van Dyke Crew - 836th Squadron
The crew from left to right: Sgt William H. Spindler (tail gunner), S/Sgt Charles H. Crossley (assistant engineer), 2nd Lt Rudolph J. Zebora (bombardier), Sgt Bradford A. Rupe (nose turret gunner), S/Sgt Leslie E. Kraus (radio operator), 2nd Lt Elliot L. Katz (navigator), 2nd Lt Merle J. Thies (co-pilot), 2nd Lt Joseph S. Van Dyke (pilot)
All except Katz, who was not on the crew that day, perished on June 23, 1944 near Brussels when the B-24 was shot down by flak
(photo provided by Jim Zebora)

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