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Lieutenant Royal K. Snell of the 487th Bomb Group with his B-17 Flying Fortress. Image via Royal K Snell. Snell has handwritten on the reverse: 'Home at Lavenham.' Lt Snell was copilot on the heavy bomber crew of Lt William A. Yowell in the 837th Bomb Squadron, 487th Bomb Group at Army Air Forces Station 137, Lavenham, Suffolk, England. The 487th Bomb Group began flying the B-17 in combat on 1 August 1944.

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Lieutenant Roy K Snell of the 487th Bomb Group with his B-17 Flying Fortress. Image via Roy K Snell. Snell has handwritten on the reverse: 'Home at Lavenham.'

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Units

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

People

  • Royal Snell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    B-24 #41-29553 'Buzz Tail'.

Locations

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2015 22:45:04 PaulWebber Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

1. de Jong, Ivo. 'The History of the 487th Bomb Group (H)'. Paducah KY: Turner Publishing, Oct 2004
2. Headquarters, Army Air Forces Station 137 (487th Bomb Group). Special Orders Number 119. 28 July 1944 (order directing the William A. Yowell crew, 837th Bomb Squadron, to proceed to Southport, England for flak leave on 1–7 August 1944)

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:25:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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