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Chester Parlin Grimm

Military

Joined RCAF, service pilot training, instructor at 11 SFTS, shipped overseas to ETO, operational training at OTU, assigned to 121S, transferred to 335FS 4FG 8AF USAAF.
Squadron bounced by German fighters over the Channel while escorting RAF Bostons. Grimm shot down in Spitfire VB EN853 AV:D during the engagement. ASR forces were unable to locate him. 22 January 1943. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Service

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. ...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

  • No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 121 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...

Aircraft

  • EN853

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire EN853 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command RAF ESCORT

    22 January 1943
    4th Fighter Group despatches 25 Spitfires to support RAF Bostons attacking the German airfield at St. Omer, France. 1 Fighter is MIA and one is Damaged Beyond Repair.

Associated Place

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Glasford, IL, USA 13 January 1914

Born - 13 January 1914 Glasford, Illinois, USA.

Joined RCAF 1941

Joined Royal Canadian Air Force.

Service pilot training Yorkton, SK, Canada 1941

Service pilot training, retained as an Instructor at 11 Service Flying Training School.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 1941

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Operational training Great Britain, United Kingdom 1941

Operational training at OTU. Conversion to Hurricane and Spitfires.

Assigned Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 1941 – 15 September 1942

Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Best Man Yorkton, SK, Canada 5 November 1941

Sgt Pilot James Maurice Fitzgibbons and Mary Elaine Ostrander were married in Yorkton. Sgt Pilot Chester Grimm was best man.

Transferred Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 15 September 1942 – 22 January 1943

Transferred to 335th FS 4th FG 8th AF USAAF.

Killed in Action (KIA) Dunkirk, France 22 January 1943

Squadron bounced by German fighters over the Channel while escorting RAF Bostons. Grimm shot down in Spitfire VB EN853 AV:D during the engagement. ASR forces were unable to locate him. 22 January 1943. Killed in Action (KIA).

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery

Lived in Farmington, IL 61531, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 14:02:44 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3556
http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_gr...

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2015 17:44:28 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/335_gr...
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3556

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2014 18:34:49 Lee8thbuff Changes to awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 20-Dec-2014. Added Decoration and Commemoration event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record. KIA event per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bichop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 65 with picture of the plane / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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