Donald Lawrence Grant

Military
Personnel of the 303rd Bomb Group play a game between missions. Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 9 Apr 1943.' [stamp] and '257512.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'Checker game between raids. Four airmen shown in the picture are (left to right) 2nd Lt Donald L Grant, navigator. Aged 23, and he comes from Sullivan, Ill. and holds the Air Medal and 2 Clusters, his wife Mrs DL Grant lives at R F D I Okolona Miss. Formerly employed as a truc

Object Number - FRE 975 - Personnel of the 303rd Bomb Group play a game between missions. Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp], 'Passed for...

Donald Lawrence “Larry” Grant was born March 20, 1920 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was the oldest of four children born to Donald Buford Grant and Altha Lena Sellars. The family moved several times around the Midwest during his youth, before finally settling in Sullivan, Illinois shortly after Altha’s death from tuberculosis in 1932.
He was a star athlete at Sullivan High School, starting at center for the football team, and doubled as a sports reporter for the local paper, the Progress. After graduating in 1937, he continued his athletic exploits at Eureka (Ill.) College, where he played baseball and football, serving as captain of the football team his senior year.
He enlisted in the Army Air Force September 25, 1941. Shortly before enlisting, Larry married Mabel Eathel Martin, a classmate from high school and a local teacher. Sadly, their marriage was short lived and their divorce would be finalized about a month before his death.
His first combat tour came as a member of the 303rd Bombardment Group (358th Bomb Squadron) stationed in Molesworth, England. Serving as a navigator, he flew with the crews of George Oxrider and Robert O’Connor. He completed his 25-mission tour in May of 1943 and returned to the States.
Upon returning home, Larry was made an instructor, a position which didn’t sit well with him. He volunteered for a second combat tour and was sent to Italy. He was serving as a radar navigator for the 484th Bombardment Group (826th Bomb Squadron) when his B-17 was shot down on a mission to Munich on June 9, 1944. The plane crashed into the Adriatic Sea with all aboard killed. Larry was survived by his father, sister and two brothers. He is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy.

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Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-661542
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
First Lieutenant George J Oxrider a Pilot of the 303rd Bomb Group changes a record. Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 9 Apr 1943.' [stamp] and '257527.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'Changing a record on the radiogram at his British base, is 1st Lieut. (Pilot) George J. Oxrider of 437, Allwen Street, Dayton, Ohio, holder of the D.F.C., the Air Medal and 2 Oak Leaf Clusters. A pre-medical student at the University of Cincinnati and aged
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 452nd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron 728th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15067056 / O-435983
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot; Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Werewolf
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 401st Bomb Group 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 358th Bomb Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description
Sullivan, IL 61951, USA

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Date7 Apr 2019 04:35:31
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Date10 Jun 2016 11:07:39
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Added information from captions of Freeman images.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:07:37
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by BIshop and Hey p. 66, 303rd web site with picture of crew , Roster

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