Remembering Ensign John Maxwell Wesolowski

Information taken from the Internet 

John Maxwell Wesolowski

Date of birth: March 8, 1919

Place of Birth: Michigan, Detroit

Home of record: Detroit Michigan

John Wesolowski became a World War II Navy ace, credited with shooting down seven enemy aircraft in aerial combat.

Distinguished Flying Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Ensign John M. Wesolowski, United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight for shooting down five enemy planes while operating as pilot with Fighting Squadron FIVE (VF-5), from an airfield on Guadalcanal, during the Solomon Islands Campaign, 11 to 19 September 1942.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 315 (June 1943)

Action Date: September 11 – 19, 1942

Service: Navy

Rank: Ensign

Battalion: Fighting Squadron 5 (VF-5)

Distinguished Flying Cross


Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) – SYNOPSIS: Ensign John Maxwell Wesolowski, United States Navy, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving as a Fighter Pilot in a Navy Fighting Squadron, in operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific Ocean Area during World War II.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Navy

Rank: Ensign

Battalion: Fighting Squadron


This is interesting…

http://www.navalaviationfoundation.org/ways-to-give/national-flight-log/national-flight-log-entry/?id=1223

More on  John M. Wesolowski

March 8, 1919 to Feb. 8, 2009 Passed away peacefully surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was born in Detroit, MI, joined the U.S. Navy in 1941. In WWII, he was a member of the “Fighting Five” fighter squadron, and ultimately received numerous combat awards, including 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses. On Jan. 4, 1944, John married Catherine E. Erickson, a Navy Nurse. Together they raised 8 children. When John retired from the Navy in 1963, the family moved to Saratoga, CA, where he has resided ever since. In 1964, John joined Lockheed MSC, where he worked as an Ordinance Engineer, retiring yet again in 1980. He was finally able to pursue full-time his passion for golf. John is survived by his 8 children: Mary Jo, John, Jane, James, Jill, Jay, Jean and Jeffrey, and his 10 grandchildren: Peter, Emma, Ryan, Graham, Timothy, Corey, Jake, Janelle, Jenna and Megan. Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 13, at the Church of the Ascension, 12033 Miller Ave., in Saratoga. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Pathways Hospice or the charity of your choice.

 


 

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