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Reuben Simon



Units served with

  • 6th Fighter Wing
  • 496th Fighter Training Group

    496th Fighter Training Group

    Activated as 496th Fighter Training Group on 11 December 1943 at Greencastle by VIII Composite Command. ...

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 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...

  • 554th Fighter Training Squadron
  • 84th Fighter Squadron


  • 43-6838

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 554FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-7895

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D 42-7895 336th FS, 4th FG, 8AF. Transferred to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF.

  • 42-106673 'Hey Rube'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Reuben 'Red' Simon. Collided with Lt Pierini [43-6714] shortly after takeoff, crashed near Chipping Ongar pilot Lt Kenneth B Smith KIA. 7-Jun-44.

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


Date Contributor Update
08 March 2019 15:46:39 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number and unit associations

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2015 19:52:42 apollo11 Changes to highest rank and place associations

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /