Donald J Grimes

Military

Assigned to 40BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. On TDY to 9th AF. Flew as engineer of B-24 42-40127 on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti raid, returning to Libya.

Later on 13-Aug-43 mission to Weiner Neustadt diverted to Switzerland where crew was interned. 'Death Dealer' B24 42-40611 lost an engine near the target and another engine was lost over the target. This was the first US a/c to land in Switzerland. One gunner attempted to escape through Germany and was shot.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

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Units served with

The insignia of the 93rd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 409th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13034557
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Bucket Of Bolts - First Sergeant
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron 330th Bomb Squadron 754th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Death Dealer
  • Unit: 93rd Bomb Group 409th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 1 August 1943
  • Official Description: 177 B-24’s, of IX Bomber Command (including Heavy Bombers on loan from Eighth AF) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) is costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen being lost, but damage to the targets...

Places

  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Soluch Airfield

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Port Orchard, WA 22 December 1921 Son of John D. and Alma [Yonkee] Grimes.

Other

Survived Ploesti

Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943 Flew as Engineer of B-24 42-40127 on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning to Libya with loss of one crew member.

Other

Interred (INT)

Wil, Switzerland 13 August 1943 13 Aug 43 mission to Weiner Neustadt diverted to Wil, Switzerland where crew was interned. 'Death Dealer' B24 42-40611 lost an engine near the target and another engine was lost over the target. This was the first US a/c to land in Switzerland. One gunner attempted to escape through Germany and was shot.

Died

Sheridan, WY 82801, USA 1 December 2011

Buried

Sheridan Municipal Cemetery Sheridan, WY 5 December 2011 Sheridan Municipal Cemetery Sheridan, Wyoming

Other

Assigned

Benghazi, Libya 13 August 1943 409th BS, 93rd BG, 8th AF. TDY 9th AF.

Enlisted

Other

Specialist / Gunnery training

Scott Field, IL Specialist / Gunnery training - Scott Field, Illinois

Revisions

Date8 Dec 2021 10:59:11
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date30 Aug 2019 10:42:16
ContributorEmily
Date13 Apr 2015 20:51:23
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:07:34
ContributorAAM
Sources

'Ploesti' by Dugan & Stewart, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 232 with picture of plane / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia