Welcome to the home page of the 487th Bombardment Group (Heavy) of the 8th Air Force, United States Army Air Forces.

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about history. Specifically, a small, but important part of World War II.

When Adolph Hitler began his conquest of Europe in 1939, he began to turn that continent into "Festung Europa"...Fortress Europe. The lone hold-out against the Third Reich was the island nation of Great Britain. In the summer of 1940, the Royal Air Force defeated the Luftwaffe in "The Battle of Britain" and Britain survived to become the launching point for the Allied war against the Nazis. Until sufficient forces could be built up to attack Fortress Europe's walls, the Allies took to the war on wings, for Hitler had built a fortress without a roof.

Early in 1942, the American 8th Air Force began arriving in England to help the British with strategic bombing of Nazi manufacturing, transportation and military targets. The RAF bombed by night, the 8th by day. Thus began one of the greatest conflicts of human history...the air war over Europe.

The Eighth Air Force faced a formidable opponent - the Luftwaffe, with outstanding equipment and training, and more importantly, they were battle-tested. By the end of the war, the air battles that involved thousands of bombers and fighters, claimed over 26,000 American lives. This accounted for 10% of all American deaths during the war. 18,000 airmen were wounded and over 28,000 were shot down and captured.

One of the many groups of the Eighth Air Force sent to England to participate in this enormous struggle was the 487th Bombardment Group (Heavy), The Gentlemen From Hell. This page is dedicated to the airmen and ground crews of that group, and to all who served...

Follow these links to the 487th Bomb Group pages...
A brief History of the 487th
Complete listing of 487th combat missions
Illustrations/Information about the Consolidated B-24 "Liberator"
Illustrations/Information about the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress"
Aircraft Markings of the 487th
487th Bomb Group Patch
Map of Station 137, Lavenham, England
Maps of the European Theater, East Anglia and Suffolk
Diary of a 487th Navigator
Story of a 487th Radio Operator
Lee Hauenstein's 487th BG Page
Lavenham Community Council's Website - includes pictures of the airfield today
Keepers of the Castles of Little America: the efforts to preserve WWII airbases

In association with visit our bookstore!

For more information about the 487th Bomb Group contact:
487th Bomb Group Association
1002 N. Rosalind Dr.
Santa Maria, CA 93454

For more information about "The Mighty Eighth" contact:
The Eighth Air Force Historical Society
PO Box 7215
St. Paul, MN 55107
Phone 1-800-833-1942

Links to WWII and aviation sites

Locating Veteran Service Information

View this page's Awards and Affiliations

Links to other sites

If you have any other questions or comments about the Eighth Air Force or the 487th Bomb Group, E-Mail me at erskine@fuse.net

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