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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 14-Sep-44; Hunter 29-Sep-44; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 16-Oct-44; Assigned 836BS/487BG [2G-N] Lavenham 20-Nov-44; battle damaged Darmstadt 24-Dec-44 with Bob Harriman, Brig Gen Fred Castle, Larry Swain, Lt Claude Rowe tg (4 Killed in Action); Capt Edmund Auer, Henry Macarty ex nav, Paul Biri, Quentin Jeffers, Lt Bruno Procopio mickey-op, Lowell Hudson (6 Returned to Duty); enemy aircraft hit #4, crash landed Hods, Bel. (among Killed in Actionwas Brig Gen Fred Castle, 94BG CO who took aircraft down safely away from US troops below, and awarded posthumous Medal of Honor); Salvaged 28-Jan-45; Missing Air Crew Report 11552. TREBLE FOUR.



  • 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...

  • 836th Bomb Squadron


  • Edmund Auer

    Military | Captain | Lead Navigator | 487th Bomb Group

  • Paul Biri

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 487th Bomb Group
    RTD Crashed near Hods in B-17 'Treble Four' #448444 on 12/24/44 Gen Castle held plane in air till all bailed out.

  • Frederick Castle

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer; Air Leader, Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Commanding Officer of 94th Bomb Group at Bury St. Edmunds from 19-Jun-43 to 16-Apr-44. Overseas with General Eaker's staff to organize 8th AF, February 1942. ...

  • Robert Harriman

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Captain Robert W. Harriman served as a pilot with the 487th Bomb Group. ...

  • Lowell Hudson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    RTD Crashed near Hods on 24 Dec 1944 in B-17G #44-8444 'Treble Four'.

  • Quentin Jeffers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    RTD Crashed near Hods on 24 Dec 1944 in B-17G #44-8444 'Treble Four'. Plane held in air by Gen Castle till all bailed out

  • Henry Macarty

    Military | First Lieutenant | Lead Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17G 44-8444 Treble Four. RTD Crashed at Hods on 24 Dec 1944 in B-17G 44-8444 'Treble Four'.

  • Bruno Procopio

    Military | Lieutenant | Mickey Operator, Pathfinder Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    RTD crashed near Hods on 24 Dec 44 in B-17G #44-8444 'Treble Four'. Died of wounds 25 Dec 1944 in a hospital in Liege, Belgium.

  • Claude Rowe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Tail Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Crashed near Hods on 24 Dec 1944 in B-17G 44-8444 'Treble Four' .

  • Lawrence Swain

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 24 Dec 1944 in B-17G #44-8444 'Treble Four'. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster


  • 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
Failed to Return (FTR) Belgium 24 December 1944


Date Contributor Update
13 January 2016 00:13:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames and description

Lee Cunningham 12-Jan-2016/ Convered dates to USAAF military-style signification, populated nickname field for existing AAM data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:00 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 11552 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database