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William E J Grinnell

Military

Observer Beaufighter F Mk VI KW197 417th NFS, 12th AF, 16th Nov 44, during E/A intercept, bailed out from A/C 21:10, reason unknown, despite their position [east of Nice] being known and patrolling A/C's being diverted to locate them, no trace was found. KIA. MACR 10215.

Service

Units served with

  • 417th Night Fighter Squadron

    417th Night Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 417th Night Fighter Squadron was activated 20 February 1943. After organisation and training at Kissimmee Air Base near Orlando, Florida, the 417th departed for oversees duty on 5 May 1943 on the Queen Elizabeth, arriving in Scotland six days...

Aircraft

  • KW197

    Beaufighter
    Beaufighter F Mk VI KW197 417th NFS, 12th AF, 16th Nov 44, during E/A intercept, crew bailed out from A/C 21:10, reason unknown, despite their position [east of Nice] being known and patrolling A/C's being diverted to locate them, no trace was found. 2...

Events

Event Location Date
Died Mediterranean Sea 16 November 44

Observer Beaufighter F Mk VI KW197 417th NFS, 12th AF, 16th Nov 44, during E/A intercept, bailed out from A/C 21:10, reason unknown, despite their position [east of Nice] being known and patrolling A/C's being diverted to locate them, no trace was found. KIA. MACR 10215.

Lived in New Jersey, USA

New Jersey, USA.

Assigned Lyon-Bron Airport (LYN), 1 Avenue Louis Mouillard, 69500 Bron, France

417th NFS, 12th AF.

Buried

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2015 16:02:43 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=KW197&Submit6=Go MACR 10215 Details:
http://usaafdata.com / USAAF Personnel Records.
http://www.abmc.gov/search-abmc-burials-and-memorializations/detail/WWII... Hometown, awards, etc
http://417th-nightfighters.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Chapter-4-pg44... crews fate.

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