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

Two ground crewman of the 487th Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress. Image via Roy K Snell. Snell has handwritten on the reverse: 'Our ground crew.'



  • 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...


  • Royal Snell

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


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
21 February 2017 10:15:38 Lucy May Changes to person associations and place associations

Added connection to airman named in caption.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:25:14 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection