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Benjamin Rimerman

Military

Colonel Ben Rimerman fought a long war with the 353rd Fighter Group. He commanded the 350th FS from October '42 until November '43 and was CO of the 353rd FG from 7 July '44 until 22 April '45. In the air he scored 4.5 confirmed and one unconfirmed victory. Ben also destroyed eight enemy aircraft while strafing. Killed in a flying accident post-war with Capt. William J. MaGuire in a modified P-51 on 11-Aug-45.

Awards: SS, DFC (3OLC), AM (6OLC), WWII Victory.

Service

People

  • William Maguire

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Flew with 351st FS, 353rd FG, 8th AF. A squadron ace with 7 victories, flew a P-47D named 'Boston Bull' and a P-51D 'L’il Boston Bull'. Shot down, managing to evade capture, returning to his squadron prior to the end of the war. Killed in flying...

  • Hazel Moretz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Lt. Hazel "Pop" Moretz was credited with one aerial victory on August 4, 1944. He flew with the 351st Fighter Squadron/353rd Fighter Group, 8th AAF on of Raydon AF, Suffolk, England. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Rohrs

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1/2 share of Me262. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Ruhland in P-51 44-14781 'Don-Helen'; pursuing Me109 through bomber formation hit by flak or friendly fire, crashed near Madel. Killed in Action (KIA)...

  • Hassell Stump

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 350th Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (353rd Fighter Group)
  • Headquarters (55th Fighter Group)

Associated Place

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Eustis, Nebraska 28 March 1905
Enlisted Omaha, NE 5 September 1940

Omaha, Nebraska

Died 11 August 1945

Killed in a flying accident post-war with Capt. William J. MaGuire in a modified P-51 on 11-Aug-45.

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery 12 August 1945

Cambridge American Cemetery
Coton, Cambs, UK
Plot F Row 5 Grave 24

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 May 2020 10:30:43 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310762491
https://www.fold3.com/record/84556028-ben-rimerman
https://www.fold3.com/record/529905285-ben-rimerman
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/334_ri...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56293755/ben-rimerman

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2017 18:45:17 dwgdallas Changes to media associations
Sources

From the Personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2017 20:36:06 dwgdallas Changes to biography
Sources

From the personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2017 20:34:03 dwgdallas Changes to place associations
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From the personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2017 20:31:50 dwgdallas Changes to media associations
Sources

From the personal Collection of Lt. Billy J. Murray

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 10:51:18 Lucy May Changes to highest rank, role, awards and events
Sources

ABMC record: http://www.abmc.gov/search-abmc-burials-and-memorializations/detail/WWII...

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2015 10:49:16 Lucy May Changes to media associations
Sources

Combined two records. Now includes information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / WWW.55th.org roster

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45, Jonah's Feet Are Dry Pg 631

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