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486th Bombing staff and lead bombardiers (back of photo has 3 names: Richard H. Douglas, Edward M. Borger, James E. Silger). Richard Douglas is third from left, back row. William J. Zeli, Bombardier for the 486th/835th, is likely also in this group, and it would be appreciated if someone in the know would be able to point him out.



  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 835th Bomb Squadron


  • Edward Borger

    Military | Bombardier

  • Richard Douglas

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    See the official crew and mission list of Capt. Robert J. Whitney at:

  • James Silger

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator
    Member of McElroy crew

  • William Zeli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    See the 'Crew and Mission Info' for Lt. George 'Hunter' D. Smith's 835th Bomb. Squadron crew at the official 486th Bomb. Group web page at this address:


  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...


Date Contributor Update
16 April 2021 17:04:01 hansvonmaltzahn Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

From the official web page of the 486th Bombardment Group, Gallery page, and part of the Douglas Collection: