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Lt Marvin V Bledsoe of the 350th Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group is presented an award by Lt Colonel B. Rimerman on 20th July 1944 at an airbase in England.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A07120-69213AC.



  • 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

    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...

  • 350th Fighter Squadron


  • Marvin Bledsoe

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 6 destroyed and 3 damaged [all ground]. Completed Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Benjamin Rimerman

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot, Commanding Officer
    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...


  • 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...


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21 November 2016 09:03:12 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations