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George Eugene Bostwick


Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 8 x kills [incl 1 x Me262]. On 2nd tour at wars end.

Awards: SS, DFC (3OLC), AM (14OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF, promoted to Colonel, retiring from the Air Force in October 1963.


Units served with

  • 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...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron
  • 63rd Fighter Squadron


  • 42-26280 'Ugly Duckling'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major George E Bostwick.

  • 44-21112 'Ugly Duckling'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major George E Bostwick.

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...


Event Location Date
Born Guthrie, OK, USA 19 October 1919

Son of George E and Margaret S [Doherty] Bostwick.

Lived in Eau Claire, WI, USA 1941
Enlisted Fort Sill, OK, USA 19 March 1942

Fort Sill, Oklahoma

Based Boxted April 1944

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

Destroyed E/A 60210 Grandvilliers, France 7 June 1944

Destroyed first aircraft in the air, an Me109, over Grandvilliers, France. 7-Jun-44.

Destroyed E/A (3 Air) damaged (1 Air) 27190 Conches, France 4 July 1944

Destroyed three Me109's in quick succession over Conches Aerodrome. Also damaged an Me109 in the air on the same mission.
1st Lt. George E. Bostwick, 4 July 1944, 56th FG

Destroyed E/A Beaumont, France 6 July 1944

Destroyed a Me109 in the air over Beaumont, France, to become an ace. 6-Jul-44.

Destroyed E/A (3 Ground) Euskirchen, Germany 8 September 1944

On his 70th mission, he destroyed three Fw190's on the ground at Euskirchen Aerodrome. 8-Sep-44.

Promotion Boxted, Colchester, UK 11 September 1944

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) (1) United Kingdom 7 October 1944

End Tour of Duty (ETD) #1.

Transferred Boxted, Colchester, UK 7 January 1945

Transferred to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Destroyed E/A Cologne, Germany 25 March 1945

Became one of the few allied pilots to shoot down a twin jet Me262. 25-Mar-45.

Destroyed E/A (2 Air) Bremen, Germany 7 April 1945

Destroyed two Fw190's in the air Near Bremen. 7-Apr-45.

Destroyed E/A (4 Ground) 14542 Werder, Germany 10 April 1945

Destroyed four aircraft on the ground at Werder Aerodrome. 10-Apr-45.

End of War Europe 19 April 1945

End of War (EOW).

Promotion Boxted, Colchester, UK 19 April 1945

Promoted to Major.

Died Fort Worth, TX, USA 6 February 1990


Date Contributor Update
23 November 2021 16:49:27 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2018 18:11:51 jawyckoff Changes to middlename and events

George Eugene Bostwick was my first cousin once removed. All the military information appears correct. However the George Edgar Bostwick with the parents listed her before, was in the Army until 1945. George Eugene Bostwick was the pilot in the Air Force

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2017 12:05:00 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Fighter Aces of the U. S. A. and Aces and Wingmen II

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2017 10:46:47 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2017 16:35:49 Al_Skiff Changes to awards

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2017 16:02:28 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2017 15:47:13 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:50 AAM AAM ingest

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