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Anthony P. "Tony" Peleckis
Anthony Peleckis, 1944
Anthony Peleckis, 1944
Recent Address:
11610 Banes Street, Philadelphia, PA 19116-2021
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Family Information:
Parents: Justin and Mary; Siblings: John, Jean, Eleanor.
Hometown:
Philadelphia, PA
Date Entered Service:
September 17, 1943
Service Number:
33796641
Bomb Group:
40th
Squadron:
44th
Location of Unit:
Chakulia, India; January 17, 1945
Missions Flown:
2 from India and 17 from Tinian
Hump Missions Flown:
1
Targets:
Singapore from India and the Japanese mainland from Tinian
Awards/Decorations:
WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, Air Medal with 2 Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross
Service Schools Attended:
Cadet Training -- Winthrop College, SC 1944; Gunnery (Aerial) -- Buckingham AAF, Ft. Myers, FL Apr 1944
Military Specialty(ies):
MOS 612-Airplane Armorer-Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge:
Sergeant
Crew Type:
Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:
44-69668 Outlaw, 44-61548 Mus'n Touch It
Were you a POW?
No
Were you interned?
No
Date Transferred from the 58th:
October, 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th:
January 16, 1946
Post-WWII Military Service:
On October 12, 1945, received orders to fly back to Mather Field, California, then home on leave and finally discharged.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Long time employee of Phila. Gas Works - retired in 1984; active parishioner of St. Christopher Parish, Phila,; member of St. Christopher Parish Senior Citizens Club; A 4th Degree member of St. Katharine Drexel Council No. 3968 K of C; life member of Bustleton Memorial American Legion Post # 810; life member of The Distinguished Flying Cross Society; a member of The 40th Bomb Group Association; member of the PGW Retiree Association; and a member of the Phila. Aquatic Club.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
It was truly an experience that touches one's soul. The camaraderie, the friendships that I still enjoy, can only be gotten through an experience such as that. I still believe my time with the 58th was among the best experiences of my life. Having been shot down, bailing out far at sea and a miraculous rescue 20 hours later, really left a mark.
Comments:
Mr. Peleckis passed away March 7, 2011. He is buried at Forest Hills Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA.

 

Anthony Peleckis, 1990
Anthony Peleckis, 1990

 


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