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SSgt David Lyman Ceely

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SSgt David Lyman Ceely

Birth
New York, USA
Death
20 Dec 1943 (aged 19–20)
At Sea
Burial
Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot
Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID
56288476 View Source

David Lyman Ceely
Born about 1924, to Lyman and Mabel (maiden name Riddle?) Ceely. Died December 20, 1943 while serving in World War II. He graduated from the Allendale School on June 16, 1937. He served in World War II as a Staff Sergeant, and was lost in action on December 20, 1943 while flying on a combat mission to Bremen, Germany.Military, Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) , Tail Gunner, 388th Bomb Group. Shot down on 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). Distinguished Flying Cross/ Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters/ Purple Heart.

Mother's maiden name Mabel Freida Riddle
Contributor: heidi9728 (48186601)
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USAAF WORLD WAR II
S/Sgt. David L. Ceely MIA/KIA
Hometown:
Squadron: 561st 388th Bomb Group
Service#
Awards: AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart.
Pilot 1st/Lt. Kenneth L. Eccleston MIA/KIA

MACR #3154.
Target: Bremen Germany
Mission Date: 20-Dec-43
Serial Number: #42-31084
Aircraft Model B-17G
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location: crashed Vegasack
Cause: intense flak,
Crew of 10 KIA
Notes: During bombing raid targeting Bremen on 20 December, 1943 a B-17 was seen from the formation falling behind with the fuselage in flames.

The body of bombardier T.L. Toolin was washed ashore at Emmerlev Klev. On 21 July 1944 he was buried in the cemetery (in Højer) by the Wehrmacht without ecclesiastical assistance. The rest of the crew, 9 men, appear to have perished."
1 airman from B17 42-31084 was buried in Højer, Denmark. Now 2 are buried in BELGIUM and 2 in the USA. 5 airmen have no known grave.

#42-31084 Crew
1st/Lt. Kenneth L. Eccleston Pilot MIA/KIA
1st/Lt. Kenneth L. Eccleston Pilot MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Peter K. Schou Co Pilot MIA/KIA
1st/Lt. John K Dorsett Navigator MIA/KIA
1st/Lt. John K Dorsett Navigator MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Thomas L. Toolin Bombardier KIA
S/Sgt Joseph J. Molinari Engineer MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. George B. Doyle Jr. Radio Op. KIA
Sgt. David F.Holliman Gunner MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Ivan Clark Jr. Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Ivan Clark Jr. Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. David L. Ceely Gunner MIA/KIA
Sgt. Charles A. Bein Gunner MIA/KIA

David Lyman Ceely
Born about 1924, to Lyman and Mabel (maiden name Riddle?) Ceely. Died December 20, 1943 while serving in World War II. He graduated from the Allendale School on June 16, 1937. He served in World War II as a Staff Sergeant, and was lost in action on December 20, 1943 while flying on a combat mission to Bremen, Germany.Military, Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) , Tail Gunner, 388th Bomb Group. Shot down on 20 December 1943 in B-17 #4231084. Killed in Action (KIA). Distinguished Flying Cross/ Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters/ Purple Heart.

Mother's maiden name Mabel Freida Riddle
Contributor: heidi9728 (48186601)
----------------------------
USAAF WORLD WAR II
S/Sgt. David L. Ceely MIA/KIA
Hometown:
Squadron: 561st 388th Bomb Group
Service#
Awards: AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart.
Pilot 1st/Lt. Kenneth L. Eccleston MIA/KIA

MACR #3154.
Target: Bremen Germany
Mission Date: 20-Dec-43
Serial Number: #42-31084
Aircraft Model B-17G
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location: crashed Vegasack
Cause: intense flak,
Crew of 10 KIA
Notes: During bombing raid targeting Bremen on 20 December, 1943 a B-17 was seen from the formation falling behind with the fuselage in flames.

The body of bombardier T.L. Toolin was washed ashore at Emmerlev Klev. On 21 July 1944 he was buried in the cemetery (in Højer) by the Wehrmacht without ecclesiastical assistance. The rest of the crew, 9 men, appear to have perished."
1 airman from B17 42-31084 was buried in Højer, Denmark. Now 2 are buried in BELGIUM and 2 in the USA. 5 airmen have no known grave.

#42-31084 Crew
1st/Lt. Kenneth L. Eccleston Pilot MIA/KIA
1st/Lt. Kenneth L. Eccleston Pilot MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Peter K. Schou Co Pilot MIA/KIA
1st/Lt. John K Dorsett Navigator MIA/KIA
1st/Lt. John K Dorsett Navigator MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Thomas L. Toolin Bombardier KIA
S/Sgt Joseph J. Molinari Engineer MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. George B. Doyle Jr. Radio Op. KIA
Sgt. David F.Holliman Gunner MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Ivan Clark Jr. Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Ivan Clark Jr. Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. David L. Ceely Gunner MIA/KIA
Sgt. Charles A. Bein Gunner MIA/KIA


Inscription

SSGT
561 BOMB SQ 388 BOMB GP(H)
NEW JERSEY

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56288476
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56288476/david-lyman-ceely: accessed ), memorial page for SSgt David Lyman Ceely (1923–20 Dec 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56288476, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572).