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

Stories by, about and of interest to members of the
487th Bomb Group (H) Association


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1st Lt George E Emmett - 839th Squadron This story was compiled by Lt. Emmett's daughter-in-law Veda Emmett. Veda is graciously sharing it with all of us.
Rededication of a Miss Bea Havin Story of the son of Fred Lester, Chuck Lester, uniguely remembering his Dad and the B-17, Miss Bea Havin on which he served.
Ned C. Whitmore Ned Whitmore's records of his missions with the Donald Stone crew of the 838th Squadron. These notes were transcribed by Ned's daughter Betsy Whitmore.
Dedication at Nelson Park, St Margaret's -at- Cliffe Story of the dedication of a commemorative monument on the site of the crash landing of Captain Frank Casey's crew in the B-17 43-39068.
Harvin Abrahamson 837th Squadron Video interview with Harvin Abrahamson who served as T/Sgt, radio operator on the Orchard crew in the 837th Squadron.
487th Tower Log Copies of the tower log of the 487th Bomb Group.
City of Savannah Ivo de Jong wrote this to discuss the actual service that the B-17 "City of Savannah" had with the 487th Bomb Group.



487th Visit to Luke AFB During the 2009 reunion in Phoenix we visited Luke AFB - here is the Arizona Republic's coverage of that visit
487th Ground crew described Bill Michaels writes about the many important ground troops at the base
487th Memorial to KIA dedicated Memorial dedication ceremony to the 487th Bombardment Groups fallen at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Thanks to the generosity of Gilbert Spring, this monument stands in the memorial garden of the museum.
487th Personnel remembered Memorial on 31-July-2005 to remember the 487th Bombardment Groups fallen
Norman "Andy" K. Andrew Notes from Andy's mission diary was supplied to Tim Erskine by Bob Holliday copilot in the 487th
1st Lt Richard F. Baer Mission notes transcribed from Dick Baer's WWII scrapbook by Stacy Scharch c/o Anne Baer
M.L. Becker Milfred L. Becker started with the 487th. The story of this tail-gunner with the 487th, then in B-26's where he was shot down and was a P.O.W.
Jim Bello This was supplied from Jim Bello as recollections of his father, Jim Bello, gunner from the 836th squadron.
Sabatine Joseph Branco This was supplied to Tim Erskine by Richard G. Branco, son of Tech Sgt Sabatine Branco
George Brooke This was supplied by Jeff Brooke after talking with his dad, George Brooke of the 838th Squadron.
William T. Carlin This was supplied by daughter, Kathleen Carlin Salvati. She transcribed her fathers notebook about his missions.
Frank Casey crew dedication Story of the dedication of a commemorative monument on the site of the crash landing of Captain Frank Casey's crew in the B-17 43-39068.
Charles Cathcart Oral history by Charles Cathcart, gunner in 838th squadron, about his time as POW
Leonard Davis Journal of travel, missions, POW experience, liberation and return during the war
Warren J. Draves Collection of photos and some stories from the files of Warren J. Draves posted by his nephew Richard Draves.
Robert J. Gasser Web page dedicated to 1st Lt. Robert J. Gasser, by historian Clint E. Daniel
Bruce Gregg Short interview with Bruce Gregg on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of D-Day
Lee Hauenstein In June 2003, Lee visited Lavenham and Lodge Farm. This is an article he wrote about that experience for the 'Auxiliary' newsletter shortly after returning.
Max Hauenstein Notes of missions of this 836th Squadron pilot
Eleanor & Grayson Hayes Eleanor's notes about her early life with T/Sgt Grayson Hayes, flight engineer on the Riegel crew
Leo "Bob" Holliday Notes of Bob's experiences during training and while serving with the 837th Squadron of the 487th as a copilot
William Henry Hughey This is a video with comments by Henry Hughey about his missions and thoughts on service with the 487th Bomb Group, and more.
Lavenham plaque re-dedication Comments by Gregory N Matz son of Neil F (deceased) and Eleanor Matz 01-May-2005 Lavenham, Suffolk, England on the occasion of the re-dedication of the 487th Memorial Plaque located in the Lavenham village square
Lavenham Village Sign dedication Comments from Andrea Norman about the dedication of an elegant new village sign in Lavenham, on which the 487th is featured.
Max Leiter 839th Squadron Article regarding honoring of Max Leiter who served as 2nd Lt, bombardier on the Nakielny crew in the 839th Squadron.
Bruce MacFarland 837th Squadron Video interview with Bruce MacFarland who served as S/Sgt, ball-turret gunner on the Casey crew in the 837 Squadron.
James R. McKinney Comments by James about his mission of 10-Apr-45 and following events.
Rededication of a Miss Bea Havin Story of the son of Fred Lester, Chuck Lester, uniquely remembering his Dad and the B-17, Miss Bea Havin on which he served.
Pete Reigel A Newspaper article interview of our very own Pete Reigel
Lonnie Rogers Notes of missions of this 836th Squadron gunner
Alvin Rothstein crew A story of the Rothstein crew during a mission on 17-March-1945
John Sherdel Web site by Captain John Sherdel, about the 487th Bomb Group and his crew in the 837th squadron
Jack Fishman Stanley Log of Jack Fishman Stanley about his missions and other notes during his time as a pilot with the 487th Bomb Group. Transcribed and supplied by daughter Laura D. Stanley.
Walter "Steve" Stevenson Diary of Walter Stevenson of the 836th Squadron while shipping overseas. Supplied by son Barry and daughter-in-law Cheryl Stevenson.
TAPS Web site that describes many aspects of "Taps". Of special interest is the "History of Taps" that you find on this web page. Special thanks to SSgt (Ret) William Sier in providing information that led me to find this web site. William is the son of Robert Sier, bombardier of the 487th/836th squadron.
Click here to listen to Taps
William B. Wentz Story and interview with "Budd" Wentz about his mission on 7-Apr-1945 where he was rammed by a German fighter. Story was from August 2008
John White The story of how we came to have the photo of John White's gravesite. Many thanks to Sandra Belanger!
Ned C. Whitmore Ned Whitmore's records of his missions with the Donald Stone crew of the 838th Squadron. These notes were transcribed by Ned's daughter Betsy Whitmore.


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