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William J Zeli




  • Clarence Clandellya

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group

  • Melvin Kirkpatrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner | 486th Bomb Group

  • Morton Love

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 486th Bomb Group

  • Marvin Lutes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer and Right Waist Gunner | 486th Bomb Group
    "Sgt. Lutes Gets Oak Leaf Cluster" ...

  • John Mason

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 486th Bomb Group

  • George Sherlock

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 486th Bomb Group

  • George Smith

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 486th Bomb Group

  • Robert Thomas

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 486th Bomb Group

  • C Weroch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 486th Bomb Group

  • Robert Whitney

    Military | Captain | Flight Commander | 486th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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


Date Contributor Update
09 July 2021 12:14:50 Emily Changes to middlename, suffix and role

Removed crew name from suffix, and aircraft type from job

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2021 21:45:44 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to middlename and suffix

See the official web page of the 835th Bombardment Squadron, and specifically, the 'Assigned Aircrews' list, then look for 'G. Smith's Crew,' at this link:

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2021 17:29:36 hansvonmaltzahn Changes to highest rank, role, person associations and unit associations

William J. Zeli's information can be found on the official web page of the '486th Bomb Group Association' (, under the 'Assigned Aircrews' page, specifically under 'G. Smith's Crew.'

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:24 AAM AAM ingest

486BG / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia