Peterson, Chesley Gordon, Maj Gen

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 321st Bombardier Training Group
Service Years
1938 - 1970
Officer Collar Insignia
Major General

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Peterson, Chesley Gordon, Maj Gen USAF(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Salmon, Idaho or Santaquin, Utah
Last Address
Retirement Village, March AFB,
Riverside, California

Date of Passing
Jan 28, 1990
Location of Interment
Riverside National Cemetery - Riverside, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 20B, Site 44

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force Air Force Commander Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces Association
  1961, American Fighter Aces Association

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was in the U.S. Army Air Corps Sep 1939-Jan 1940 then joined the British Royal Air Force. While in 71 Eagle Squadron of the RAF in England, he destroyed 6 enemy aircraft in aerial combat.
He rejoined the now U.S. Army Air Forces in Sep 1942 and got his 7th aerial victory while with the 4th Fighter Group.

His DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
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 Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps) Chesley Gordon Peterson (ASN: 0-885114), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane and Commanding Officer of the 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces in May 1943. While leading a formation in escort of bombardment aircraft and after his wing man had dropped behind due to motor trouble, Colonel Peterson sighted eight enemy airplanes about to attack the bomber formation. With utter disregard for his personal safety and without assistance he immediately engaged the eight enemy aircraft, probably destroying one and damaging another. The vigor and fearlessness of his attack completely disrupted the enemy formation and routed the enemy attack, thereby contributing largely to the safety of the bomber aircraft and the successful completion of their mission.

General Orders: Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 39 (1943)

Action Date: May 1943

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

He was also awarded 1other British decoration not shown on the ribbon chart.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)Royal Air Force (RAF)4th Fighter GroupVIII Fighter Command
9th Air ForceAir Force Bases/ Installations
  1938-1939, Utah Air National Guard
  1939-1940, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1940-1942, Royal Air Force (RAF)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 4th Fighter Group
  1943-1943, VIII Fighter Command
  1943-1944, 4th Fighter Group
  1944-1944, 9th Air Force
  1945-1945, 321st Bombardier Training Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Brigham Young UniversityCommand and General Staff CollegeAir War College
  1937-1939, Brigham Young University
  1944-1945, Command and General Staff College
  1958-1959, Air War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
Supermarine Spitfire  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  B-26 Marauder  
C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  P-51/F-51 Mustang  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  F-84 Thunderjet  
F-86 Sabre  F-100 Super Sabre  
  1941-1943, Supermarine Spitfire2
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1944, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1944-1944, B-26 Marauder
  1944-1944, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1949-1952, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1949-1953, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1953-1954, F-84 Thunderjet
  1954-1955, F-86 Sabre
  1959-1961, F-100 Super Sabre
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