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First Name: George

Last Name: Ceuleers

Birthplace: Bridgeton, NJ, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)



Home of Record: Bridgeton, NJ
Middle Name: F.



Date of Birth: 15 May 1919

Date of Death: 16 February 2001

Rank: Colonel

Years Served:
George F. Ceuleers

   
Engagements:
•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)

Biography:

George F. Ceuleers
Colonel, U.S. Air Force

On 23 December 1944, then-Major George F. Ceuleers was serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter airplane in the 383rd Fighter Squadron, 364th Fighter Group, Eighth Air Force, U.S. Army Air Forces in the European Theater of Operations.

On that day, MAJ Ceuleers' unit was in action against German aerial forces during an escort mission over Germany. Although MAJ Ceuleers was leading only 24 fighter aircraft to protect about 150 bombers, he so skillfully maneuvered his squadron that it drove off more that 100 attacking German ME-109 fighters. Displaying great tenacity and superior airmanship, he personally destroyed 4 of the enemy aircraft. MAJ Ceuleers' courageous actions and extraordinary heroism that day earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Flying both P-38 and P-51 fighter aircraft, MAJ Ceuleers was credited with shooting down 10.5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat during World War II, making him a Double Ace. After the war, he transferred to the new U.S. Air Force and retired in 1960 as a Colonel.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Medal
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
Command Pilot Badge

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Major (Air Corps) George Ferdinand Ceuleers (AFSN: 0-8669/ASN: 0-659099), United States Army Air Forces, for The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Major (Air Corps) George F. Ceuleers (AFSN: 0-8669/ASN: 0-659099), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 383d Fighter Squadron, 364th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, during an escort mission over Germany on 23 December 1944. On this date, while leading only twenty-four aircraft protecting approximately one hundred and fifty bombers, Major Ceuleers so skillfully maneuvered his flight as to drive off a hundred odd attacking ME-109s. Displaying great determination and superior airmanship, he destroyed four of these enemy aircraft himself. The courage, coolness, and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Major Ceuleers reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 21 (February 23, 1945)

Congressional Gold Medal

The Congressional Gold Medal, created by the U.S. Mint, is the highest civilian honor Congress can give on behalf of the American people. (See photo) On 20 May 2015, leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the American Fighter Aces Association at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Emancipation Hall.

More than 60,000 American fighter pilots engaged in aerial combat during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Of those pilots, only 1,447 earned the title of fighter “Ace” by downing at least five enemy aircraft. Colonel George F. Ceuleers was one of them, having been credited with 10.5 aircraft shot down in aerial combat, earning him the title Double Ace. At the time of the presentation of the Medal, only 75 of those Aces remained alive.

Death and Burial

Colonel George F. Ceuleers died on 16 February 2001. He is buried at the Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Denver County, CO, in Section 9, Site 454.

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=36047874



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