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George A Zientowski


Pilot Spitfire/P-39, assigned to 5th FS, 52nd FG, 8th AF. Served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.


Units served with

  • 52nd Fighter Group

    52nd Fighter Group

    Two of the Squadrons of the 52nd Fighter Group flew Spitfires with RAF Fighter Command in August and early September 1942 from Northern Ireland. After these preparatory missions, the Group joined the Twelfth and then Fifteenth Air Force in the...


  • AB897

    Supermarine Spitfire AB897 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • ER970

    Supermarine Spitfire ER970 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. 39 MU 6-Dec-42 222 MU 8-Dec-42 Loaded aboard SS Hamble VI 20-Dec-42 Shipped to Gibraltar 13-Jan-43 Assigned to 5FS 52FG 12AF.

Associated Place

  • Eglinton

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1940-41, Eighth Air Force lodger units moved in in 1942. The 52nd Fighter Group and 82nd Fighter Group used the airfield, before the Royal Navy moved in and occupied the base until 1959. Partly closed, it was still used by the...


Event Location Date
Born New York, NY, USA 28 February 1916

Born Feb. 28, 1916. NY, USA

Enlisted Buffalo, NY, USA 10 February 1941

Enlisted Feb 10th 1941, Buffalo, New York.

Assigned Eglinton, Londonderry, Derry BT47, UK 1942

Assigned to 5th FS, 52nd FG, 8th AF.

Landing Accident Ground Loop Florence, SC, USA 29 March 1942

Landing Accident Ground Loop P-39D 41-6878, 5th PS, 52nd PG, Florence, SC. Cat 3 damage. Pilot George A Zientowski. 29-3-42.

Taxiing accident Eglinton, Londonderry, Derry BT47, UK 10 September 1942

Taxiing accident Spitfire AB897 Cat 3 damage, pilot George A Zientowski 5th FS, 52nd FG RAF Eglington, Londonderry, IRE 10-9-42.

Landing Accident Mohamed Boudiaf International Airport (CZL), Constantine, Algeria 28 January 1943

Landing Accident Spitfire Vb ER970, 5th FS, 52nd FG, 12th AF, Telergma, Algeria. Pilot George A Zientowski. 28-1-43.

Died 4 November 1976

Death on Nov. 4th, 1976.

Lived in Erie County, NY, USA

Lived in Erie County, New York


Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Arlington County
Virginia, USA.


Date Contributor Update
26 August 2015 13:59:01 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations