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Royal K Snell


B-24 #41-29553 'Buzz Tail'.



  • Charles Dunn

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-24 #41-29553 'Buzz Tail'.

  • Thomas Russell

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 487th Bomb Group
    B-24 #41-29553 'Buzz Tail'.

  • William Saladin

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    B-24 #41-29553 'Buzz Tail'.

  • William Yowell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    B-24 #41-29553 'Buzz Tail'.

Units served with

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb 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...

  • 837th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date


Date Contributor Update
17 November 2015 18:14:40 Lucy May Changes to person associations and place associations

Connected to airmen he flew with, thanks to information provided by Paul Webber.

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2015 14:27:06 PaulWebber Changes to service number

Headquarters, AAF Station 137 (487th Bomb Group). Special Orders Number 119. 28 July 1944. This order directed the William A. Yowell crew, 837th Bomb Squadron, to proceed to Southport, England for flak leave on 1–7 August 1944. Lt Snell was copilot on the Yowell crew.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:41 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit Roster /