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David Lyman Ceely


Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA).

DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH



  • Kenneth Eccleston

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down 20 December 1943 in B-17 #42-31084. Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31084

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/9/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 9/10/43; Missing in Action Bremen 20/12/43 with Ken Eccleston, Co-pilot: Pete Schou, Navigator: John Dorsett, Bombardier: Tom Tollin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Joe Molinari, Radio...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born Queens, NY, USA 1923
Enlisted Newark, NJ, USA 3 October 1942
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 17 July 1943 – 20 December 1943
Died Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 20 December 1943

Shot down by intense flak over target. The plane was last seen going down on fire, with it's bomb bay doors still open. Ceely was KIA

Buried 1945

Tablets of The Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial • Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England


Date Contributor Update
17 December 2017 01:01:07 466thHistorian Changes to middlename

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2017 00:58:26 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, awards, events and person associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:05 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC; MACR 3154 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3154 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database