Phil Errington Trimmer

Military

Object Number - UPL 20823 - Sgt Philip E. Trimmer, Jr - North Pickenham, May 1945

Barely 18, Phil Trimmer enlisted in the Air Corps in April 1944. Trained as a gunner, he was sent overseas and assigned to the 491st Bomb Group / 854th Bomb Squadron in England. He was on board B-24 "Belle Ringer" # 42-51195 when it crash-landed in Belgium on return from the 14 March 1945 mission to bomb the marshalling yards at Gütersloh, Germany.
A doctor, he disappeared in a flight accident, together with a Roland Bev Kelley. They had flown on 1 January 1969 in Trimmer’s Piper Cub to play some golf in Florida. After they took off from the Pompano Airpark on the flight back on 5 January, the weather was very bad and radio contact was lost with the Vero Beach station at 12:12. No trace was ever found of the plane or the two men on board.

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 491st Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: 10105080 and O2022747
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 491st Bomb Group 854th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35847379
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 491st Bomb Group 854th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32966605 and O-944688
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 491st Bomb Group 852nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38554536
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 491st Bomb Group
  • Service Numbers: 13084865 and 2061944
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Belle Ringer
  • Unit: 491st Bomb Group 493rd Bomb Group 852nd Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 14 March 1945
  • Official Description: Mission 886: 1,262 bombers and 804 fighters are dispatched to hit oil, rail and industrial targets in Germany; they claim 17-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft in the air; 3 B-17s and 2 fighters are lost: 1. 526 B-17s are sent to hit oil refineries at Nienhagen...

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Richmond City, Virginia, United States 1926-03-18 the son of Phil E. and Mattie L. Trimmer
Richmond, Virginia, United States

Enlisted

Fort George Meade, Maryland, United States 1944-04-13 as a Private in the Air Corps

Other

near Florée, Belgium 1945-03-14 survived the crash of B-24 # 42-51195 when it crash-landed in Belgium

Died

off the coast, East of Melbourne, Florida, United States 1969-01-05 in an aviation accident, after take off from Pompano Airpark, Florida

Revisions

Date16 Nov 2020 17:31:44
Contributorpacaflva
Sources

Corrected first name & Locations.

Date16 Nov 2020 17:24:04
Contributorpacaflva
Sources

His first name was "Phil". I'm married to his Daughter, Deborah-lyn, and also know his son, Phil Errington Trimmer III.

Date31 Jan 2016 14:55:04
ContributorED-BB
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistments records
US 1940 Census
Personal research on Philip Trimmer (corrected the spelling of his first name : it's Philip with only one l)

Date27 Sep 2014 18:21:31
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / WWW.491st.org roster

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