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487th Bomb Group (H) Association and web site

Discussion in '487th BG - Lavenham' started by Lee Hauenstein, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. Lee Hauenstein

    Lee Hauenstein New Member

    The 487th Bomb Group (H) is a very active group of veterans, descendants, and other interested individuals. The group has held continuous annual reunions since 1967. These reunions are now held with the 486th Bomb Group (H) which was based in nearby Sudbury England. The groups participated in many missions together during the war.

    I invite you to go to the web site at http://www.487thbg.org/ to read more about the group, the reunions and please participate in the discussions that are often taking place on the groups Facebook page (link can be found on the web site.

    Lee Hauenstein, webmaster (http://www.487thbg.org/)
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  2. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Thanks Lee and welcome to this forum. Lets hope people will find your website to keep the memory alive.

    Jaap Vermeer MDE
  3. Simone Aarts

    Simone Aarts New Member

    Hi Lee

    Is there any info on the bombardment on Enschede Airport / twente airport on august 15th 1944 know to you? The mission belonged to a bigger mission with several primary goals. This is mission 554. I am informed that the 487th has flown a very successful mission that day together with the 486th bomb group on this airport. I just can't find any more detailed info on the 487th any info would be awesome.

    Thank you for answering in advance

  4. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member


    You do know that the AAF Forum is a dangerous place to ask -- you just might get more then you are expecting......

    15 August 1944 pg 1.JPG 15 August 1944 pg 2.JPG 15 August 1944 pg 3.JPG
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    terveurn Active Member

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  7. Simone Aarts

    Simone Aarts New Member

    Omg can i Hug you? I just woke up and checked my email. Within seconds you had me out of bed and behind the computer. I am So exited about this new information. And Omg Yes i love dangerouse places if things like this happen.

    Reading all this amazing information i even started bouncing on my chair when i saw they discovered a new airfield and what they had seen. i am exited abouted the details on the last two pictures.

    Am i right that the circels shown on the map were all the secondary goals that day? And am i correct that the tiny arrows on second map shows the location where the specific mentioned group had to bomb or was it the hole area within the 3 circels?

    I also noticed a time difference on both maps. Is it english time and dutch time? And also noticed that there was written photograph 487a/227, 487b/220, 487c/224 is it possible we have photos of the bombing right before, during or after the bombardement? What is the meaning of that collum to the right of the photographcollom? Is it the hight they had flown during the bombardement or during the hole flight or something else?

    Sorry for all these questions. Blushes....im really exited cant help it.

    Thxxxxxxxxxx thxxxxxxx for all of your time and efforts already for helping me....
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  8. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    487th BG overview for August 1944

    487th BG August 1944 overview.JPG
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  9. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Amazing Dave,great info.

    Simone our chairman Ivo de Jong wrote two books about the 487th BG. One of the history and the other a photo history.
    In March 2017 we hold our study day at an Airforce base in Holland,probably you can be there to.
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  10. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member


    If I remember correctly Ivo periodically participated in this forum in years past and generously shared his research here.
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  11. Daniel

    Daniel New Member

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  12. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member


    Appreciate the input, unfortunately these reports are not available on line. These links refer to original paper documents held at the National Archives in College Park Maryland. These records have never been scanned to digital form nor have they been copied to microfilm. The only way to view or copy these records is by personally going to the archives or hiring someone to go there for you. These records include the original paper records of most Bomb Groups and are quite extensive. I have had the experience some years ago of accessing these records.

  13. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    Need to win the lottery - would hire a couple researchers and have a lot of this stuff scanned just for my use.
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  14. Simone Aarts

    Simone Aarts New Member

    Nods i would have to win lotery as well ....but Some day i Will manage it ......
  15. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Hal,your right about Ivo. Our StudyGroup is on March 25th 2017 at the old 32nd USAF Airbase,Soesterberg,Holland.
    This year Iam a member for 40 years,started when I was a ''proby'' of 12.
    Looking back, 40 Wonderfull researchyears with lots of visits of American,Canadian and British VETS and family to Nijkerk.
    All years the Stars & Stripes,the Maple Leaf or the Union Jack was flying.
    And to work with such a great researchers in Holland and with you on this Forum is an honor.
    Iam hoping to fill in the next 40 years with all my friends on the globe.

    Jaap Vermeer ( Member of the Dutch Empire )
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