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

Liberty Belle, #43-38037 - B-17 of the 836th Squadron
Photo with part of her ground crew and the crew of Lt. Raymond F. Jackson
Back row (Left to Right): 2nd Lt Edward C. Plevak (Bombardier) - KIA, 2nd Lt John H. Franke, Jr. (Navigator) - POW, Three ground crew members unknown, 2nd Lt Theodore I. Sherrill (Co-Pilot) - KIA, 1st Lt Raymond F. Jackson (Pilot) - KIA
Front row: S/Sgt George R. Michael (Radio Operator) - POW, Sgt Bennie L. Ballard (Waist Gunner) - KIA, S/Sgt Willie Rogers (Ball Turret) - KIA, S/Sgt Laverne W. Nelson (Flight Engineer) - KIA, S/Sgt Benjamin W. Harcq (Tail Gunner) - KIA
“Liberty Belle” and B-17G 43-38154 “Heavenly Body” were involved in a midair collision on 30-Sept-44. Only 3 of the 18 crew members from the two planes survived.
(photo provided by Jim Winkelmann, and other information by Eric Michael)

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