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Rien, Lyden Herman, 1915-1997



  • Existence: 1915 September 30 - 1997 June 30

Biographical Note: Lyden H. Rien

Lyden Herman Rien served as a B-17 mechanic during World War II.

Rien was born in Plum City, Wisconsin on September 30, 1915 to Herman and Margriet Rien. He lived and was educated there through high school, and then worked on his family's farm. At the onset of World War II, he registered for the draft in 1940 and then enlisted on April 15, 1942. He was trained through Boeing's Flying Fortress School as a B-17 mechanic. He served with the Army Air Corps in the 8th Air Force, 95th Bomb Group, 336th Bomb Squadron in Rapid City, South Dakota as well as at the RAF Horham airfield in England. He was discharged September 19, 1945.

Rien was married to Mildred Kristine Rien. He died June 30, 1997 and is buried in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Lyden H. Rien Boeing Flying Fortress School Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2022-01-31
Content Description The Lyden H. Rien Boeing Flying Fortress School Collection consists of materials related to Rien's military service during World War II as a B-17 mechanic. The bulk of the collection consists of U.S. Army Air Corps Technical School training materials from the Boeing Flying Fortress School, part of the Boeing School of Aeronautics, from when Rien trained as a B-17 mechanic in 1942. The materials include a two-volume training manual that is interspersed with handwritten notes and...

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