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Vitold A Zalneraitis


Prisoner of War (POW). While flying in B-17G #43-38154 'Heavenly Body' on mission to Bielefeld, GE, had a mid-air with A/C #43-38037 'Liberty Bell' from same squadron. Lost right wing and spun in six miles east of Bielefeld - 8 Killed in Action (KIA), 1 Prisoner of War (POW).


Units served with

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

  • 836th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38154

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/6/44; Kearney 11/7/44; Grenier 15/7/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG [2G-G] Lavenham 18/7/44; Missing in Action Beilefeld, Ger 30/9/44 with Harry Oesch, Co-pilot: Wilburn Furr, Navigator: Henry Miller, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...


  • 655

    30 September 1944

Associated Place

  • Lavenham

    Military site : airfield
    Lavenham was built as a standard USAAF bomber airfield, with fifty hardstandings, T2 hangars and 2,000 and 1,400 feet runways. John Laing and Son Ltd. carried out the work in 1943, and the airfield opened in April 1944. The 487th Bomb Group occupied...

  • Lavenham Marketplace

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Lynn, MA, USA 1 October 1921
Prisoner of War Germany 30 September 1944

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Died Long Beach, CA 4 July 1999


Date Contributor Update
03 April 2020 21:46:24 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" to the A/C serial # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2018 20:35:41 zanthony Changes to role

From service record and first person account from Lt. Zalneraitis

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2018 20:34:15 zanthony Changes to events

From family records documented by son, Bruce.

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2018 20:26:10 zanthony Changes to nickname, awards, place associations and mission associations

Taken from Missing Air Crew Report 9423, War Departrment, Headquarters Army Air Forces.

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2015 10:59:59 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number, highest rank, biography and events

Details added from MACR 9423 -

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:35 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9423 / MACR 9423; Loosses of 8th AF, vol.4 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database /