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John Thomas Grasse

Military

Assigned to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Harold McKee crew. 30 x combat missions. 24-Dec-43, when returning from operations in B-17 42-30612, in landing A/C ran of the end of the runway and nosed up. 10 RTD.

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars)

His 30 mission list can be found here at a website administered by his son in law Alan Leiby http://lazlographics.com/Sorties.html?fbclid=IwAR1ZiHncFkqcbcnNFoISpuE9D...

Service

Units served with

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 333rd Bomb Squadron

    333rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-30612 'Hot Foot II' aka 'Freestrider'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/43; Gore 30/9/43; Dow Fd 18/7/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-D] Rougham 29/7/43; returning from mission (where?) on 24/12/43 landed too far down the runway onto soft soil and nosed up, with Harry McKee, Co-pilot: Earl Resorick,...

  • 42-31401 Old Hickory

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/10/43; Kearney 15/11/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-D] Rougham 1/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 18/4/44 with Alden Gordon, Co-pilot: Bill McSpadden, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Pete Athanis, Radio Operator: Carl Barger, Ball...

  • 42-31449 Texas Mauler

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/11/43; Portland 4/11/43; Cheyenne 13/11/43; Kearney 16/11/43; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-A] Rougham 20/12/43; 333BS [TS-B]; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 26/6/45; Patterson 27/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45;...

  • 42-37804 Pride of the Yanks

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/9/43; Gr Island 15/10/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-P] Rougham 26/10/43; Missing in Action Laon 9/5/44 with Tom Bond, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vernon Bishop, Radio Operator: Claude Brown (3 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot:...

  • 42-39801 Double Trouble II, Northern Queen

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 4 September 1943; Gr Island 22 September 1943; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-B] Rougham 27 September 1943. Missing in Action Berlin 4 March 1944 with Pilot Julius O. Blake; Co-Pilot George G. Wedd Jr; Bombardier William P. Calmes;...

  • 42-39844

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 17/9/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-L] Rougham 13/10/43; sal 21/4/44.

  • 42-39896

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/10/43; Gr Island 30/10/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-L] Rougham 11/11/43; then 410BS [GL-H]; Missing in Action Bohlan 7/10/44 with George Williams, Bob Dean, Andy Weickel, Ray Snodgrass, Hubert McKay, Melvin Gilmer, Lou Pozgay, Bob...

  • 42-97138

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/44; Kearney 27/2/44; Grenier 5/3/44; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-C] Rougham 12/3/44. ...

  • 42-97156 Yo Is My Ideal

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/44; Gr Island 16/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-R] Rougham 12/3/44 MY IDEAL; 333BS [TS-D]; battle damaged Berlin 26/2/45; force landed Luxembourg; Salvaged 20/3/45.

  • 42-97476

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/11/43; Kearney 15/12/43; Presque Is 22/12/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-K] Rougham 24/12/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 23/3/44 with Addison Reno, Co-pilot: Pat Brann, Navigator: Howard Humphrey, Bombardier: Nelson Buel, Flight...

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lorain, OH 9 September 1920

Son of John Grasse.

Enlisted Cleveland, OH 28 July 1942

Cleveland, Ohio

Based Bury St Edmunds November 1943 – May 1944

Assigned to 333BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Lorain, OH 20 February 2016
Buried Ridge Hill Memorial Park Amherst, Lorain County, OH 23 February 2016

Ridge Hill Memorial Park
Amherst,
Lorain County, Ohio

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2022 11:00:45 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/681142537
https://www.fold3.com/record/88826509/john-t-grasse-wwii-army-enlistment...
https://www.fold3.com/record/705692938/grasse-john-t-us-wwii-hospital-ad...
https://www.fold3.com/record/705692937/grasse-john-t-us-wwii-hospital-ad...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/158388197/john-t-grasse

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2021 21:25:47 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "-" to the A/C type in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
25 December 2020 20:28:15 RayWells Changes to awards and aircraft associations
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corrected bio and added connections

Date Contributor Update
25 December 2020 20:16:55 RayWells Changes to biography
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corrected bio

Date Contributor Update
25 December 2020 20:09:54 RayWells Changes to biography
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Update Bio with info from http://lazlographics.com/Sorties.html?fbclid=IwAR1ZiHncFkqcbcnNFoISpuE9D...

Date Contributor Update
25 December 2020 14:25:02 RayWells Changes to surname
Sources

Corrected surname spelling

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces Vol. I, p. 439

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