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838th Bomb Squadron



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  • 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...

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Based Lavenham



  • Frank Abbote

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 14 January 1945 Purple Heart Note: His family name was Abbate, but the spelling of his surname was changed to Abbote in military records by February 1942, when he registered for the draft.

  • Angelo Adamo

    Military | Gunner | 487th Bomb Group

  • Richard Adams

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 487th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17G 'Tru Luv' with Gasser Crew

  • James Alcorn

    Military | Sergeant | Mechanic | 487th Bomb Group
    Arrived ETO by ship via Glasgow. Training was as Electrical Spec. Unusual experience was the 2 planes that collided over the base. EAME/ GC

  • David Alfrey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 487th Bomb Group

  • William Alich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    B-24 #42-52652 'Bashful Marion'Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-24H #41-29468 'Peg O' My Heart'. Prisoner of War (POW) at Luft IV. POW, EAME, WWII VM, GC, Am. Theater Ribbon,

  • Ronald Allen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 487th Bomb Group

  • Stephen Allen

    Military | Corporal | Gunner | 487th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Allen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 487th Bomb Group

  • Harold Allensworth

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    Shot down 6 June 1944 in B-24H #42-52629 'Sammy's Niece'. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA). AM/ PH

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  • 41-29468 Peg O My Heart

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-29479 The Big Bad Wolf

    B-24 Liberator
    Initially assigned to 487th Bomb Group, 838th Bomb Sqdn; transferred to 448th Bomb Group, 715th Bomb Sqdn in April 1944

  • 42-3507 "DUFFY'S TAVERN"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 15/7/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-D] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; transferred 838BS/487BG Lavenham 15/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) South Plains 1/10/45. DUFFY'S TAVERN.

  • 42-39811 Donna Mae

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 8/9/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-C] Chelveston 17/10/43; then to 422NLS [JJ-E] 23/5/44; transferred 838BS/487BG Lavenham. Missing in Action French leaflet drop 6 July 1944, with Pilot James R. Brown, Co-pilot John H. Mann,...

  • 42-52444

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52577 Flutterbye

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52629

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52763 "Blow Job"

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95217

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-97997 'Honorable Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 27/4/44; Kearney 2/6/44; Hunter 8/6/44; Kearney 19/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned 838BS/487BG [2C-J] Lavenham 4/7/44; crashed 2 miles East Framlingham 25/11/44 8 x RTD, 1 x KIA ( pilot 1Lt Loye J Lauraine ), Salvaged. HONORABLE...

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Date Contributor Update
08 May 2015 11:22:55 Lucy May Changes to unit encompassing associations

Incorrectly associated with the 486th Bomb Group.

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2015 10:49:30 rossingtonj Changes to type

Type added

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:51 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)