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Louis B Grate


Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x missions.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (Battle stars).



Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 613th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102947 D-Day Dottie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/44; Kearney 2/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-S] 27/5/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman...

  • 42-107009 'Lady Jane'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/1/44; Kearney 16/2/44; Grenier 10/3/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-F] Deenethorpe; on return from mission 12 May 1944 with Lt J.C. Sharp, Waist gunner: Alfred A. Tomkinson (KIA- flak hit - died in in base hospital). ...

  • 44-6113 'No. 2 Bandwagon', 'Mrs. Wing Ding'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Accepted: 3 May 1944 ...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...


Event Location Date
Born Shelby, OH 44875, USA 3 September 1915

Son of John G Grate.

Enlisted 875, 7370 Minuteman Way, Lockbourne, OH 43137, USA 17 January 1942

Lockbourne AAB
Columbus, OH

Based Deenethorpe June 1944 – October 1944

Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x missions from 12-Jun-44 to 28-Sep-44

Died Carmichael, CA, USA 10 March 1998


Date Contributor Update
24 March 2018 09:34:57 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2018 09:28:40 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:07 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /