1LT Murray Zanger

1LT Murray Zanger

Birth
Poland
Death Jun 1945 (aged 25)
Papua New Guinea
Burial East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 89397779 · View Source
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Zanger, a fighter pilot with the US Marine Corps, crashed in the jungles of East New Britain Island (Papua New Guinea)near the end of World War II. Captured by the Japanese Navy, he was beaten to death in captivity. His body was eventually returned to his family's home in Los Angeles, where he was interred at Home of Peace.

In April, 2012, his surviving relatives travelled to New Guinea with historian and author Henry Sakaida and located the 68 year old wreckage of Zangers FG-1 Corsair.

According to the HQ American Graves Registratrion Service Board of Proceedings, dated 19 June 1950:

"Records show that 1st Lt Zanger, pilot of a FG-1A airplane, Bureau No. 14417, participated in a strike against Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago on 5 December 1944. Lieutenant Zanger was involved in a midair collision while over Ataliklikun Bay and lost control of his plane. He bailed out and was seen to light, apparently uninjured, about three (3) miles inland from Ataliklikun Bay."

According to his USMC Casualty Report, dated 19 December 1945:

"He was last seen an approximately 1431 (L) 5 Dec44, when he bailed out of his plane and landed approximately 100 yards east ot the Vudal River and
2 1/2 miles inland from Ataliklikun Bay, Gazelle Peninsula, New Britain."


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  • Created by: Joe Walker
  • Added: 1 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89397779
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Murray Zanger (7 Mar 1920–Jun 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89397779, citing Home of Peace Memorial Park, East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Joe Walker (contributor 23317045) .