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CPL Joseph John “Joey” Cieslak

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CPL Joseph John “Joey” Cieslak

  • Birth 8 Feb 1936 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 18 Nov 1955 Riverton, King County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot Sec. 24, Row 8, Plot 40
  • Memorial ID 14227896

"Joey." Son of Mary and Joseph Cieslak, brother of Jane Cieslak. Served in the Army during the Korean War.

On November 17, 1955, he and a group of fellow soldiers flew to Seattle on leave. They chartered a Douglas DC-4 from Peninsula Air Transport. The plane was to make a stop in Billings, Chicago, before going on to Newark, New Jersey. It left Boeing Field in Seattle just after midnight. Witnesses stated that one of the four engines appeared to falter before the airplane lost altitude, hit a tree and a power pole, and crashed in a residential area near the intersection of S. 120th St. and Des Moines Avenue in Riverton. No one on the ground was injured, 28 people on the plane, including Joey Cieslak, were killed.

According to HistoryLink.org, "Peninsula Air Transport had had its license to operate suspended for a time the previous summer and at the time of the crash, was the subject of hearings by the Civil Aeronautics Board for overloading airplanes and overworking pilots."


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  • Created by: Teresa Rothaar
  • Added: 8 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14227896
  • Pamela Sitler
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL Joseph John “Joey” Cieslak (8 Feb 1936–18 Nov 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14227896, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Teresa Rothaar (contributor 46558639) .