Chesley G. Peterson

Chesley G. Peterson

Birth
Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho, USA
Death 28 Jan 1990 (aged 69)
Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA
Burial Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA
Plot Section 20B, Site 44
Memorial ID 14868552 · View Source
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United States Air Force General. He entered military service with the Utah National Guard in 1937. Serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps when World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force in London, in September 1940. From 1940 to 1942, wearing the uniform of the Royal Air Force he participated in the Battle of Britain. He was the youngest squadron commander in the Royal Air Force, flew 130 combat missions over the English Channel and scored nine enemy kills. He entered the U.S. Army Air Forces in September 1942, was assigned as executive officer, 4th Fighter Group, England, in July 1943, to the 8th Fighter Command in 1944 and the 65th Fighter Wing. On his return from combat, he was appointed Chief Air Attache, Washington D.C. in August 1945. He served various command duties to include, 41st Air Division, 5th Air Force, Japan 1961, the Union of South Africa and assistant chief of intelligence, Staff, Commander in Chief, Pacific in 1967. He retied a Major General on July 31, 1970. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, Legion of Merit, Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart, British Distinguished Service Order, British Distinguished Flying Cross and the French Legion of Honor.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 9 Jul 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 14868552
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Chesley G. Peterson (10 Aug 1920–28 Jan 1990), Find a Grave Memorial no. 14868552, citing Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA ; Maintained by John "J-Cat" Griffith (contributor 46568383) .