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

487th personnel remembered

On 2-August-2005, I received this note from M/Sgt Todd Ramsey about this ceremony in which he participated on 31-July-2005. It is my honor to share his comments, and to thank him for finding us and sending this information.


I am Master Sgt Todd Ramsey, a 1st Sgt assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing (modern day “Square D”) stationed at RAF Mildenhall, England. I had the honor to represent (along w/ 15 others) the USAF in a “Roll of Honor” ceremony this past Sunday (31 July) at the parish church in Lavenham. During the service, (at the point where prayers are normally read) I and the others read the names of the men of the 487th who lost their lives preserving our freedom. This was immediately followed by a blessing from the Bishop and a 2 minute silence. Very dignified and very moving ceremony! As I looked out at the congregation (full house) you could see a look of solemn reverence on their faces. At the end of the service I spoke to the other AF mbrs and they all said that they felt very proud and very humbled. I find that particularly gratifying (I was the oldest in the group, the rest were very young Jr NCOs and Airmen) because another generation has now learned the story of these men and what they accomplished in the cause of freedom.

I have attached an article from a local paper about the event (that’s my mug in the photo, I was wearing a WW II USAAF 1st Sgt’s Uniform) which has a picture of the Roll of Honor. This Roll will be placed permanently in the church’s Memorial Chapel next to the Roll of Honor remembering Lavenham’s dead of the last two world wars. Our base paper will be running a story on the ceremony in Friday’s edition. If you would like I can send a copy of that as well.


First Sergeant, 100 Services Squadron

Dedication ceremony
(photo provided by Todd C. Ramsey, MSgt, USAF)

To view the news story mentioned by M/Sgt Ramsey click here

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