Grand daughter visiting Air Force 487th Bombardment Group Lavenham

Discussion in '487th BG - Lavenham' started by Ann Kearney, Aug 20, 2017.

  1. Ann Kearney

    Ann Kearney New Member

    Hello!

    I am the grand daughter of Laughlin McLean of the Air Force 487th Bombardment Group. My husband and I just moved to Milton Keynes and we are day tripping to Lavenham tomorrow. It is incredibly special that I am able to visit where my grand father was stationed during the war and that he is also still alive at the age of 92. With that being said he has had some health issues and I do not want to have to ask him a ton of questions about his stay during the war- basically while he is still there, he is having a hard time dealing with aging. If anyone had any feedback on potential pubs, places of interest the 487th bombardment spent time, it would be greatly appreciated. I know that while fighting his independence has made him very sad, seeing his grand daughter drinking a pint where he did while defending the US, will make him very, very happy.

    Annie- annmuse@gmail.com
     
  2. Parker

    Parker Member

    Tomorrow, doesn't give you a lot of time to research. Don't lose sight of the fact that it's been more than 70 years, things change a lot in that time. First place I would start is the web site for the 487th BG
    http://www.487thbg.org/

    Their roster is located here:
    http://www.487thbg.org/roster/487thRosterIntro.shtml
    Perhaps you will find your grandfather's name listed.
    Some of the listings include crew photos and information regarding particular planes, you may be lucky.

    Then I would google 487th Bomb Group to see if there is anything else around.

    Give us your grand father's name and approximately when he served with the 487th, we'll see if we can dig anything up.

    Just be prepared for the reality that many of these airfields were torn up years ago and returned to farmland.
    http://www.controltowers.co.uk/L/Lavenham.htm
    Additional info here:
    http://mediafiles.thedms.co.uk/publication/ee-nor/cms/pdf/usaaf airfields guide and map.pdf

    And ... you are doing a wonderful thing for your grandfather.
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2017
  3. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

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  4. Parker

    Parker Member

    Thank you sir, don't know how I missed something as basic as his name! Many eyes make things work better.
     
  5. pathfinder504

    pathfinder504 Active Member

    Here is a local site with pictures. Most importantly is a local owners contact at the bottom of the page. Hope this reaches you in time.

    http://www.lavenham.co.uk/airfield/
     
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