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The insignia of the 487th Bomb Group.

N.B. The nickname "Gentlemen From Hell" has only been used in connection with the Group since the 487th Bomb Group Association was formed in 1967. It was not an official wartime nickname. The "Gentlemen From Hell" patch was used by a very few members of the 487th Bomb Group at Alamogordo, New Mexico during training Jan–Mar 1944, and during the early days of operations at Lavenham, England. Most veterans of the 487th Bomb Group knew nothing about it during the war.
This looks like a postwar reproduction. Mr. Freeman probably obtained it from a 487th Bomb Group veteran after 1967. It definitely was not the insignia of the 487th Bomb Group. There was no official 487th Bomb Group insignia.

IWM catalogue record

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

The insignia of the 487th Bomb Group.



  • 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...


  • Orville Buchanan

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer
    Squadron Commander, 838th Bombardment Squadron, 487th bombardment Group from 25 March 1945 to July 1945.


Date Contributor Update
05 October 2016 10:23:56 Lucy May Changes to caption

Added qualification to image caption after correspondence with Paul Webber, Secretary, 487th Bomb Group Association (

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:35:49 AAM AAM ingest

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