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Pete Demetry Cherednik


Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 65FW, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred to 383FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

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. ...

  • 65th Fighter Wing

    65th Fighter Wing

    Browse 65th Fighter Wing photographs and other documents in the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library digital archive here:

  • 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...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 358th Fighter Squadron
  • 62nd Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (65th Fighter Wing)


Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Saffron Walden

    Military site : non-airfield
    Headquarters 65th Fighter Wing. 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 North Dakota 30 January 1918

Son of Demetrie Paul and Paraska Cherednik.

Enlisted 18500 E 6th Ave, Aurora, CO 80011, USA 19 February 1943

Buckley Field
Denver, Colorado

Based Boxted 19 September 1944 – February 1945

Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Boxted, Colchester, UK 18 October 1944

Taxiing Accident Boxted/Sta 150 Cat 3 damage Lt Pete D Cherednik, 18-Oct-44.

P-47D 42-26417 - 62FS 56FG 8AF

Transferred Saffron Walden, UK February 1945 – 28 March 1945

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 65FW, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Boxted, Colchester, UK February 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Transferred Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 28 March 1945 – May 1945

Transferred to 383FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

End of War Europe May 1945
Died Vancouver, WA, USA 1 March 1984
Buried Evergreen Memorial Gardens Vancouver Clark County, WA 4 March 1984

Evergreen Memorial Gardens Vancouver
Clark County, Washington


Date Contributor Update
12 June 2021 15:28:57 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography and events

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2018 14:19:46 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2018 17:30:09 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:22 AAM AAM ingest

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