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Colonel William Kemp Martin. He was Commanding Officer of the 487th Bomb Group from December 28, 1944 to May 29, 1945.

IWM catalogue record

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

Colonel Martin of the 487th Bomb Group. Handwritten on reverse: 'Col Martin.'



  • 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...


  • William Martin

    Military | Colonel | Group commander
    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. ...


  • 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
11 April 2015 03:47:06 PaulWebber Changes to caption and place associations

de Jong, Ivo. 'The History of the 487th Bomb Group (H)'. Paducah KY: Turner Publishing, Oct 2004

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:08 AAM AAM ingest

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