Colonel William Kemp Martin. He was Commanding Officer of the 487th Bomb Group from December 28, 1944 to May 29, 1945.
Commanding a great group of young men, sent to preserve the peace in the world. A great privilege to be their commander. Retired in 1968 after 29 years of service.
DSM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ LM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ BS/ PH/ 5 AM/ AF Commendation/ Presidential Unit Citation/ Good Conduct Medal/ European Campaign Medal 3/ 3 Battle Stars/ WW II Victory Medal/ National Defense Medal/ British DFC/ Croix de Guerre
Units served with
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...