487th Bomb Group (H)
Station 137 - Lavenham, Suffolk, UK
22-Sep-43 to 7-Nov-45

Combat Missions

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# Date Target Notes
1Sunday, May 7, 1944Liege, BelgiumMarshalling Yards
2Monday, May 8, 1944Brussels, BelgiumSchaerbeek Marshalling Yards
3Tuesday, May 9, 1944Laon, FranceLaon-Couvron Airfield
4Thursday, May 11, 1944Troyes, FranceChaumont Marshalling Yards

Aircraft lost:
42-29468, Vratny crew - 838th Sqd
42-52763, Brodsky crew - 838th Sqd
42-52444, McCleary crew - 838th Sqd
41-29481, Duncan crew

CO Lt Col Beirne Lay, Air Leader on Vratny crew, evaded capture with 2nd Lt Walter Duer
5Saturday, May 20, 1944Liege, BelgiumMarshalling Yards

Aircraft lost:
42-52743, Goethe crew - 837th Sqd, crashed shortly after takeoff, in Long Melford
6Tuesday, May 23, 1944Etampes Mondesir, FranceEtampes-Mondesir Airfield
7Wednesday, May 24, 1944Poix, FrancePoix Airfield
8Thursday, May 25, 1944Montigne sur Sombres, BelgiumCharleroi Marshalling Yards
9Saturday, May 27, 1944Metz, FranceMetz Aero-Engine Works
10Sunday, May 28, 1944Lutzkendorf, GermanyLutzkendorf Oil Refinery

Aircraft lost:
42-52651, Burckes crew - 837th Sqd
11Monday, May 29, 1944Politz, GermanyPolitz Oil Refinery

Aircraft lost:
42-52577, Willis crew - 838th Sqd
12Tuesday, May 30, 1944Munster, GermanyMunster-Handorf Airfield

Aircraft lost:
42-52739, McCarty crew - 838th Sqd, ditched in channel
13Wednesday, May 31, 1944Jemelle, BelgiumMarshalling Yards

Weather caused abandonment of mission, although one crew bombed a target of opportunity
14Sunday, June 4, 1944Bretigny, FranceBretigny Airfield
15Tuesday, June 6, 1944Caen, FranceCrossroads at Caen, France

Aircraft lost:
42-52629, Gross crew - 838th Sqd, apparently ditched in channel
16Tuesday, June 6, 1944Thury-Harcourt, FranceRailroad bridge
17Tuesday, June 6, 1944Lisieux, FranceLisieux Crossroads
18Wednesday, June 7, 1944Montjean, FranceMontjean Bridge

Aircraft lost:
42-52624, Schwab crew - 839th Sqd
19Thursday, June 8, 1944Tours, FranceCinq Mars Bridge
20Sunday, June 11, 1944Argentan, FranceArgentan Airfield
21Monday, June 12, 1944Beauvais, FranceBeauvais-Nivellers Airfield
22Wednesday, June 14, 1944Lille Vendeville, FranceLille-Vendeville and Laon Airfields
23Thursday, June 15, 1944Etampes Mondesir, FranceEtampes-Mondesir Airfield
24Saturday, June 17, 1944Alencon Lonray, FranceAlencon Airfield
25Tuesday, June 20, 1944Misburg, GermanyMisburg Oil Refinery

Aircraft lost:
42-95217, Erwin crew - 838th Sqd
26Tuesday, June 20, 1944Pas de Calais, FranceV-Weapon site
27Thursday, June 22, 1944Pas de Calais, FranceV-Weapon site
28Friday, June 23, 1944Coulommiers Juvincourt, FranceCoulommiers and Juvincourt Airfields

Aircraft lost:
42-28822, Van Dyke crew, 836th Sqd
29Saturday, June 24, 1944Chateaudun, FranceChateaudun Airfield
30Sunday, June 25, 1944Bourges, FranceBourges Airfield
31Sunday, June 25, 1944Romilly-Sur-Seine, FranceNantueil Bridge
32Tuesday, June 27, 1944Domleger, FranceDomleger Military Installation
33Friday, June 30, 1944Conches Evreux, FranceConches and Evreux airfields
34Sunday, July 2, 1944Belloy-Sur-Somme, FranceV-Weapon site

Aircraft lost:
42-52609, Logan crew - 836th Sqd
35Tuesday, July 4, 1944Creil, FranceCreil Airfield
36Wednesday, July 5, 1944Eindhoven, HollandEindhoven Airfield
37Thursday, July 6, 1944Belloy-Sur-Somme, FranceV-Weapon site
38Saturday, July 8, 1944Laloge Au Pain, FranceV-Weapon site

Mighty 8th War Diary states - 1 487th B-24 Cat E (Damaged beyond economical repair while engaged in performing operational mission)
39Sunday, July 9, 1944FranceV-Weapon site
40Wednesday, July 12, 1944FranceV-Weapon site
41Friday, July 14, 1944Peronne, FrancePeronne Airfield
42Monday, July 17, 1944Gien, FranceRailroad bridge

Aircraft lost:
42-52581, Borchert crew - 838th Sqd, crashed on approach to Lavenham airfield
43Tuesday, July 18, 1944Frenouville, FranceGerman troop concentrations
44Wednesday, July 19, 1944Saarbrucken, GermanyMarshalling Yards
45Thursday, July 20, 1944Russelsheim, GermanyFactory
46Friday, July 21, 1944Kempten, GermanyKempten Aircraft Factory

Final B-24 mission for the group
47Tuesday, August 1, 1944Tours, FranceTours Airfield

First mission after transition to B-17's
48Wednesday, August 2, 1944Val-des-Joncs, FranceLa Briqueterie and Val-des-Joncs V-Weapon sites
49Thursday, August 3, 1944Joigny-Laroche, FranceJoigny railroad bridge
50Friday, August 4, 1944Nordholz, GermanyHamburg Oil Refinery
51Saturday, August 5, 1944Magdeburg, GermanyMageburg Airplane Factory

Aircraft lost:
43-38007, Deuschle crew - 838th Sqd
52Sunday, August 6, 1944Berlin, GermanyBerlin Industrial Plant

Aircraft lost:
43-37805, Hatfield crew - 837th Sqd
53Monday, August 7, 1944Jussy, FranceJussy Railroad Bridge
54Tuesday, August 8, 1944St. Sylvain, FranceGround support near Saint Sylvain
55Wednesday, August 9, 1944Nuremberg, GermanyNuremberg Ball Bearing works original target, target of opportunity marshalling yard in St. Vith Belgium actually bombed
56Friday, August 11, 1944Villacoublay, FranceBelfort Marshalling yards and Villacoublay Airfield, France
57Sunday, August 13, 1944Seine & Dreaux, FranceTactical Support of Ground Troops
58Monday, August 14, 1944Sandhofen, GermanySandhofen Airfield
59Tuesday, August 15, 1944Twente-Enschede, HollandTwente Airfield
60Wednesday, August 16, 1944Rositz, GermanyRositz and Zeitz Oil Refineries
61Friday, August 18, 1944St. Dizier, FranceSt. Dizier Airfield
62Thursday, August 24, 1944Freital, GermanyFreital Oil Refinery
63Friday, August 25, 1944Rechlin, GermanyRechlin Experimental Airfield

Aircraft lost:
43-37980, Duncan crew - 839th Sqd
64Saturday, August 26, 1944Brest, FranceCoastal defenses at Brest
65Sunday, August 27, 1944Berlin, GermanyDaimler-Benz Engine factory

Heavy cloud cover forced mission abort at enemy coast
66Friday, September 1, 1944Russelsheim, GermanyClouds at the French coast forced turn back
67Sunday, September 3, 1944Brest, FranceTactical Targets
68Friday, September 8, 1944Mainz, GermanySupply depot
69Saturday, September 9, 1944Dusseldorf, GermanyArmament factory
70Sunday, September 10, 1944Nuremberg, GermanyTank and motor factory
71Monday, September 11, 1944Bohlen, GermanyOil refinery
72Tuesday, September 12, 1944Magdeburg, GermanyOil refinery

Aircraft lost:
44-6305, Preston crew - 838th Sqd
73Wednesday, September 13, 1944Darmstadt, GermanyMarshalling yards
74Sunday, September 17, 1944Schouwen Island, HollandFlak gun emplacements
75Tuesday, September 19, 1944Limburg, GermanyBridge at Limburg

Original target, oil refinery near Rheine, Germany couldn't be attacked because of solid cloud cover. Bridge at Limburg was attacked as target of opportunity
76Friday, September 22, 1944Kassel, GermanyTank factory

Aircraft lost:
43-38260, Smith crew - 837th Sqd
77Monday, September 25, 1944Ludwigshafen, GermanyMarshalling yards
78Tuesday, September 26, 1944Bremen, GermanyMotor factory
79Wednesday, September 27, 1944Ludwigshafen, GermanyChemical plant
80Thursday, September 28, 1944Merseburg, GermanyOil refinery

Aircraft lost:
44-6463, Lamason crew - 839th Sqd
81Saturday, September 30, 1944Bielefeld, GermanyMarshalling yards

Aircraft lost:
43-38037, Jackson crew - 836th Sqd
43-38154, Oesch crew - 836th Sqd
82Monday, October 2, 1944Kassel, GermanyTank factory
83Tuesday, October 3, 1944NurembergTank factory, Germany
84Friday, October 6, 1944Berlin, GermanyArmor depot
85Saturday, October 7, 1944Lutzkendorf, GermanyOil refinery
86Monday, October 9, 1944Mainz, GermanyMarshalling yards
87Saturday, October 14, 1944Cologne, GermanyMarshalling yards
88Sunday, October 15, 1944Cologne, GermanyMarshalling yards

Aircraft lost:
42-38008, Warner crew - 839th Sqd
89Tuesday, October 17, 1944Cologne, GermanyMarshalling yards
90Wednesday, October 18, 1944Kassel, GermanyMarshalling yards
91Thursday, October 19, 1944Mannheim, GermanyMotor transport works
92Sunday, October 22, 1944Munster, GermanyMarshalling yards
93Thursday, October 26, 1944Hanover, GermanyGun factory
94Saturday, October 28, 1944Hamm, GermanyMarshalling yards

Mission map can be seen here: Mission Map 28-Oct-44
95Thursday, November 2, 1944Merseburg, GermanyOil refinery
96Saturday, November 4, 1944Neuenkirchen, GermanyCoking plant
97Sunday, November 5, 1944Ludwigshafen, GermanyChemical works

Aircraft lost:
43-37858, Schwarzin crew - 836th Sqd
98Monday, November 6, 1944Neumunster, GermanyMarshalling yards
99Thursday, November 9, 1944Saarbrucken, GermanyFort at Thionville, France and Marshalling yards, Saarbrucken, Germany

Aircraft lost:
44-6290, Herring crew - 836th Sqd
100Saturday, November 11, 1944Oberlahnstein, GermanyMarshalling yards
101Thursday, November 16, 1944Duren, GermanyTroop concentration, Duren area
102Tuesday, November 21, 1944Merseburg, Germany (recalled)Target was to be oil refinery, Merseburg
103Saturday, November 25, 1944Merseburg, GermanyOil refinery

Aircraft lost:
44-6307, Shields crew - 837th Sqd
42-97997, Lauraine crew - 839th Sqd
104Sunday, November 26, 1944Hamm, GermanyMarshalling yards

Aircraft lost:
43-38141, Davidson crew - 839th Sqd
105Monday, November 27, 1944Bingen, GermanyMarshalling yards
106Thursday, November 30, 1944Merseburg, GermanyOil refinery

Aircraft lost:
43-37887, Kersten crew, 836th Sqd
107Saturday, December 2, 1944Cobbling, GermanyMarshalling yards (mission recalled near I.P.)
108Monday, December 4, 1944Mainz, GermanyMarshalling yards
109Wednesday, December 6, 1944Merseburg, GermanyOil refinery
110Monday, December 11, 1944Giessen, GermanyMarshalling yards
111Tuesday, December 12, 1944Darmstadt, GermanyMarshalling yards
112Friday, December 15, 1944Hannover, GermanyMarshalling yards

Aircraft lost:
43-38003, Edwards crew - 839th Sqd
113Monday, December 18, 1944Mainz, GermanyMarshalling yards
114Sunday, December 24, 1944Babenhausen, GermanyAirfield at Babenhausen

Aircraft lost:
44-4844, Harriman crew - 836th Sqd
44-8121, Reed crew - 836th Sqd
44-8192, Lang crew - 838th Sqd
43-37569, Ball crew - 836th Sqd, aircraft from 839th Sqd
43-38926, Waldron crew - 836th Sqd
44-8614, Turnquist crew - 836th Sqd, aircraft from 838th Sqd
42-102497, Curtiss crew - 836th Sqd
42-98019, Kraker crew, 839th Sqd, aircraft from 838th Sqd

487th led the 8th Air Force on this mission
Brig. General Frederick Castle, Air Leader on Harriman crew awared Medal of Honor
115Thursday, December 28, 1944Coblenz, GermanyMarshalling yard
116Friday, December 29, 1944Aschaffenburg, GermanyMarshalling yards

Aircraft lost:
43-38169, Perrot crew - 838th Sqd
117Saturday, December 30, 1944Mannheim, GermanyMarshalling yards
118Sunday, December 31, 1944Hamburg, GermanyOil refinery

Aircraft lost:
42-97398, Gatlin crew - 836th Sqd, aircraft from 838th Sqd
119Monday, January 1, 1945Ehmen & Coblenz, GermanyOil storage depot at Ehmen and Marshalling yards at Coblenz
120Tuesday, January 2, 1945Nalbach Area, GermanyEnemy positions, tactical targets
121Wednesday, January 3, 1945Aschaffenburg, GermanyMarshalling yards at Aschaffenburg and Pforzheim
122Saturday, January 6, 1945Ludwigshafen, GermanyMarshalling yards
123Sunday, January 7, 1945Paderborn, GermanyRailroad workshops
124Monday, January 8, 1945Frankfurt, GermanyMarshalling yards
125Saturday, January 13, 1945Mainz, GermanyMarshalling yards
126Sunday, January 14, 1945Magdeburg, GermanyOil refinery at Magdeburg and Marshalling yards, at Osnabruck

Aircraft lost:
44-8563, Stemple crew - 838th Sqd
43-37933, Nyland crew - 838th Sqd
42-98013, Kochczynski crew - 838th Sqd
43-38002, Moser crew - 838th Sqd
127Monday, January 15, 1945Augsburg, GermanyMarshalling yards
128Tuesday, January 16, 1945Dessau, GermanyMarshalling yards
129Thursday, January 18, 1945Kaiserlautern, GermanyMarshalling yards
130Saturday, January 20, 1945Heilbronn, GermanyMarshalling yards at Heilbronn and Pforzheim
131Sunday, January 21, 1945Mannheim, GermanyMarshalling yards
132Sunday, January 28, 1945Hohenbudberg, GermanyMarshalling yards
133Monday, January 29, 1945Kassel, GermanyMarshalling yards
134Thursday, February 1, 1945Wesel, GermanyHighway bridge
135Saturday, February 3, 1945Berlin, GermanyCity center

Aircraft lost:
42-98014, Rothstein crew - 836th Sqd
136Tuesday, February 6, 1945Chemnitz, GermanyCity center

Aircraft lost:
43-38044, Parker crew - 837th Sqd
137Friday, February 9, 1945Weimar, GermanyMotor transport factory

Aircraft lost:
43-38988, Shepard crew - 839th Sqd
138Wednesday, February 14, 1945Dulmen, GermanyOil storage depot
139Thursday, February 15, 1945Cotbus, GermanyMarshalling yards
140Friday, February 16, 1945Hamm, GermanyMarshalling yards
141Saturday, February 17, 1945Frankfurt, GermanyMarshalling yards at Frankfurt and Giessen
142Tuesday, February 20, 1945Nuremburg, GermanyRailroad station

Aircraft lost:
43-38596, McCullough crew - 837th Sqd
143Wednesday, February 21, 1945Nuremburg, Germany 
144Thursday, February 22, 1945Ansbach, GermanyMarshalling yards
145Friday, February 23, 1945Neumarkt, GermanyMarshalling yards
146Saturday, February 24, 1945Bremen, GermanyShipyards
147Sunday, February 25, 1945Neuburg, GermanyUnderground oil depot
148Monday, February 26, 1945Berlin, GermanyTransportation system
149Wednesday, February 28, 1945Kassel, GermanyMarshalling yards
150Thursday, March 1, 1945Ulm, GermanyMarshalling yards
151Friday, March 2, 1945Dresden, GermanyTraffic center

Aircraft lost:
43-37897, Young crew - 838th Sqd
152Saturday, March 3, 1945Brunswick, GermanyIndustrial targets

Aircraft lost:
43-39108, Webb crew - 839th Sqd
153Wednesday, March 7, 1945Castrop-Rauxel, GermanyOil refinery at Catrop-Rauxel and Marshalling yards at Siegen
154Thursday, March 8, 1945Frankfurt, GermanyJet engine factory at Frankfurt and Marshalling yards at Giessen
155Friday, March 9, 1945Frankfurt, GermanyMarshalling yards
156Saturday, March 10, 1945Dortmund, GermanyMarshalling yards
157Sunday, March 11, 1945Hamburg, GermanyIndustrial area and shipyards

Aircraft lost:
43-38888, Sugarman crew - 839th Sqd
158Monday, March 12, 1945Marburg, GermanyMarshalling yards
159Wednesday, March 14, 1945Hannover, GermanyTank factory

Aircraft lost:
44-6570, Portsch crew - 836th Sqd
160Thursday, March 15, 1945Oraienburg, GermanyMarshalling yards

Aircraft lost:
44-8673, Miller crew - 838th Sqd
43-38028, Sylvernal crew - 838th Sqd
44-8746, Conwill crew - 837th Sqd
161Saturday, March 17, 1945Ruhland, GermanyOil refinery

Aircraft lost:
43-39173, Kohr crew - 838th Sqd
42-97996, Rothstein crew - 836th Sqd
162Sunday, March 18, 1945Berlin, GermanyMarshalling yards

Aircraft lost:
44-8276, Leon crew - 837th Sqd
163Monday, March 19, 1945Zwickau, GermanyCommunications center

Aircraft lost:
43-37969, Virgin crew - 836th Sqd
43-38038, Smoke crew - 836th Sqd
164Wednesday, March 21, 1945Wittmundhafen, GermanyAirfield
165Thursday, March 22, 1945Kupferdreh, GermanyBarracks area
166Friday, March 23, 1945Holzwickede, GermanyMarshalling yards at Holzwickede and Aluminum works at Meschede
167Saturday, March 24, 1945Varrelbusch, GermanyAirfield
168Wednesday, March 28, 1945Hannover, GermanyMarshalling yards
169Friday, March 30, 1945Hamburg, GermanyOil refinery
170Saturday, March 31, 1945Brandenburg, GermanyPrimary obsured by clouds (unsure what the primary was), as notes say Brandenburg was selected as target of opportunity
171Tuesday, April 3, 1945Kiel, GermanyHarbor installations
172Wednesday, April 4, 1945Kiel, GermanyHarbor installations
173Thursday, April 5, 1945Furth, GermanyOrdnance depot
174Saturday, April 7, 1945Parchim, GermanyAirfield
175Sunday, April 8, 1945Hof, GermanyMarshalling yards

Aircraft lost:
44-8547, Milner crew - 836th Sqd
176Monday, April 9, 1945Neuburg, GermanyOil storage depot
177Tuesday, April 10, 1945Briest, GermanyAirfield at Briest

Aircraft lost:
44-8807, McGinnes crew - 837th Sqd
44-8702, Hauenstein crew - 836th Sqd
43-37987, Althouse crew - 839th Sqd
44-6913, Sell crew - 837th Sqd
178Wednesday, April 11, 1945Ingolstadt, GermanyAirfield
179Saturday, April 14, 1945Royan, FranceHeavy gun emplacement
180Sunday, April 15, 1945Royan, FranceFortifications in Royan area
181Monday, April 16, 1945Royan, FranceTank traps in Royan area
182Tuesday, April 17, 1945Dresden, GermanyMarshalling yards
183Thursday, April 19, 1945Pirna, GermanyRail and road bridge
184Friday, April 20, 1945Neuruppin, GermanyMarshalling yards
185Saturday, April 21, 1945Ingolstadt, GermanyJet airfield in the Munich area

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