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Bernard Chesler


Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Suspended from Flying Duty. Assigned to 21st Depot Repair Sqn. Transferred to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. EOW.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


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. ...

  • 21st Air Depot Group
  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 21st Depot Repair Squadron
  • 357th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Hitcham

    Military site : non-airfield
    Prior to the move of the 4th Stategic Air Depot to Hitcham in April 1944, this station number had been associated with Wattisham. Exact location unknown.

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Born Wilmington, DE, USA 12 January 1928
Enlisted Columbus, OH, USA 14 October 1942
Crashed Punta Gorda Airport, 28000 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33982, USA 24 June 1944

Landing Accident Punta Gorda AAF, FL Cat 3 damage F/O Bernard Chesler, 24-Jun-44.

P-40N 43-23547 RTU 3AF

Based Steeple Morden December 1944 – 19 March 1945

Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Suspended from Flying Duty Hitcham, Ipswich IP7 7NQ, UK 19 March 1945

Suspended from Flying Duty. Assigned to 21st Depot Repair Sqn.

Transferred Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 19 March 1945 – April 1944

Transferred to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

End of War Europe May 1945
Buried Wilmington, DE 19803, USA January 1964

Jewish Community Cemetery Wilmington
New Castle County, DE

Died New Castle County, DE, USA 15 January 1964


Date Contributor Update
05 January 2018 21:05:28 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:27 AAM AAM ingest

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