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Willard Rex Dimmick

Military

April 12 1944, from The Wellsboro Agitator Newspaper,Wellsboro Pensylvania.

"Killed In Accident In England Recently".
Willard Rex Dimmick
There was a little break in the cloud cover during the afternoon of the 30th and Lt. Willard R. Dimmick, 391St, thought he'd take advantage of an opportunity to test hop his Jug that had a new wing: this way it would be checked out before the next mission once the weather cleared. But fate is unpredictable. Lt. Dimmick's best intentions came to a tragic end near Thruxton, Hampshire, England when his aircraft smashed into the ground while he was trying some maneuvers.

This was the first death of a 366th pilot in a Group aircraft since arriving in England: all personnel were shocked and very upset that his life was lost under such circumstances after months of training and anticipation of contributing to victory.

Buried at Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial.

Service

Units served with

  • 366th Fighter Group

    366th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...

  • 391st Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hackensack, NJ, USA 29 May 1923
Enlisted Elmira, NY, USA 8 September 1942
Died Thruxton, Andover, Hampshire SP11, UK 30 March 1944

Willard Rex Dimmick

There was a little break in the cloud cover during the afternoon of the 30Th and Lt. Willard R. Dimmick, 391St, thought he'd take advantage of an opportunity to test hop his Jug that had a new wing: this way it would be checked out before the next mission once the weather cleared. But fate is unpredictable. Lt. Dimmick's best intentions came to a tragic end near Thruxton, Hampshire, England when his aircraft smashed into the ground while he was trying some maneuvers.

This was the first death of a 366th pilot in a Group aircraft since arriving in England: all personnel were shocked and very upset that his life was lost under such circumstances after months of training and anticipation of contributing to victory.

Buried at Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial.

Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2015 18:25:32 Gilad_Bashan Changes to events
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Gilad Bashan

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2015 18:18:46 Gilad_Bashan Changes to biography
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Gilad Bashan

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2015 16:45:20 Gilad_Bashan Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

American Battle Monuments Commission
Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-1959
"Wellsboro Agitator" Newspaper
366th Fighter Association

"The War We Fought" - An almost daily account of the 366th Fighter Group "Hun Hunters"
from stand up, June 1, 1943 at Richmond AAF, VA, through deactivation, August 20, 1946 at Fritzlar, Germany.

This 327 page history contains hundreds of never before published photographs plus maps, casualty lists, 42 pages of P-47 Nose Art and much, much more. It is a "must have" resource for aviation history buffs and P-47 modellers.
http://www.366fightergroupassoc.org/WW%20II%20Book.htm

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