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Airman's Bar, Swan Hotel, Lavenham

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Detailed history

Men serving with the 487th used this bar, and signed their names on the walls. The Swan Hotel has preserved the walls, and kept quite a lot of memorabilia, which is displayed in the bar.

Find out about the ‘Signatures Project’ at The Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa here:



  • Neil Matz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner; Tail Gunner | 487th Bomb Group
    33 missions from 22 Oct 1944 to 12 Mar 1945. Shot down on 24 Dec 1944. Parachuted near Liege, Belgium. Escaped with only a blood blister. ...

  • James Pearce

    Military | First Sergeant (1st Grade) | NCO Intelligence | 467th Bomb Group
    James Edward Pearce, 89, of Greenfield, died in his home at 2:12 p.m. September 25, 2012. ...

  • Richmond Young

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Richmond C Young was a B-17 bomber pilot with the 838th Bomb Squadron of the 487th Bomb Group (Heavy) stationed in Lavenham, England during World War II, and completed 34 successful bombing missions over Europe. He was shot down once and crash landed...

  • Vitold Zalneraitis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Navigator | 487th Bomb Group
    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),...


Date Contributor Update
17 November 2015 18:03:45 Lucy May Changes to history

Correspondence with Jane Larcombe, Business Development Manager - The Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa.

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2015 16:26:02 usxpat Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history and media associations