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George William Ceglarski

Military

George was from Library, Pennsylvania, and arrived at the 4th Fighter Group 2 June 1944. He was there until 15 September. He was exchanged for pilots from the 355th Fighter Group that Lt. Col. Kinnard brought in to help him reorganize and revitalise the 4th Fighter Group. He later transferred to 2nd Scouting Force.

Lieutenant Ceglarski had two victories with the 4th Group and three with the 355th Group.

Service

Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 2nd Scouting Force
  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • 354th Fighter Squadron
  • 358th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-13389 'Sweet Stuff'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost Lost on Escort/Strafing mission to Prague. Last seen Kbely / Prague 16-Apr-45 Pilot Lt Edward J McLoughlin POW MACR 13923.

  • 44-11341 'Sweet Stuff'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 2SF, 8AF USAAF. Crash landed at RAF Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire, 8-Jan-45. Pilot Lt Marvin H Castleberry survived but aircraft was destroyed.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Burdine, PA 17 July 1920

Son of Frank A and Viola M Ceglarski.

Lived in Library, South Park Township, PA 15129, USA 1940
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 12 June 1944 – 15 September 1944

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Steeple Morden, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 15 September 1944

Transferred to 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Steeple Morden, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK November 1944

Transferred to 2dn Scouting Force, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Steeple Morden, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 26 November 1944

Crashed Belly Landing Steeple Morden/Sta 122 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt George W Ceglarski, 26-Nov-44

2SF 8AF

Died Pennsylvania, USA 16 December 1970
Buried Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery McMurray Washington County PA 19 December 1970

Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
McMurray
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2021 20:13:10 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/544545397
https://www.fold3.com/image/121464350
https://www.fold3.com/record/18723355/george-ceglarski-social-security-d...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/150732257/george-w-ceglarski

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2017 10:21:52 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/pilots.html

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2016 11:06:51 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Ceglarski&GSfn=Geo...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Ceglarski&Submit7=Go
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=46205

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2015 15:46:21 apollo11 Changes to highest rank, role, biography and events
Sources

Personal research & 'Eighty-One Aces of the 4th Fighter Group' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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