487th Bomb Group
The 487th was based at Lavenham, Suffolk, throughout the 8th Air Force period of operations in the European theatre during WW2. Initially equipped with B24 the group soon transferred to the B17 and adopted the colourful livery as shown in the print, confirmed by contemporary colour photographs. Seen here at the final stage of the approach to the target as the aircraft turn on to the attack heading – the formation perhaps slightly loose as the crews struggle with heavily laden aircraft – remember most pilots had only a few hundred hours experience. A section of the escorting P47 – Thunderbolts – keeps a watchful eye from their high perch.