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Gilbert L Kesler


Gilbert L. Kesler enlisted from Washington, D.C. He served in the 4th Fighter Group, 336th Squadron from 7 September 1944 to 10 May 1945, at which time he was transferred.
On 6 April 1944 he force landed a P-51 Mustang Northeast of Aachen, Germany, but was returned to base.
Lieutenant Kesler had five enemy aircraft destroyed to his credit.


Units served with

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...


  • 44-13317

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Baled Out Engine Failure 3/4miles East of Fordham, pilot Lt Gilbert L Kesler RTD, 18-Mar-45.

  • 44-72285

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 44th Air Depot Group.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...


Event Location Date
Enlisted Washington, DC, USA


Date Contributor Update
13 March 2015 16:57:17 apollo11 Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events and place associations

Personal research & 'Eighty-One Aces of the 4th fighter Group' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:26 AAM AAM ingest

'1000 Destroyed' by Capt. Grover C. Hall, Jr.' / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list