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Albert Hugh Grinsted Jr.


Born August 22, 1917 in San Diego CA.
Died February 14, 2004 age 86
Grew up in Lincoln, NE and completed high school in 1935. BSA Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow. Employed as personnel clerk by CB&Q Railroad in Chicago.

Entered the service in July 1942 at San Antonio Air Cadet Center. Completed the Bombardier course at Deming. NM; arrived with crew at Podington England in June 1944 and was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group, 325th Bomb Squadron.

Flew 27 combat missions, earning the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. Promoted to First Lieutenant.

Returned to the states in June 1945. Remained in the Air Force and graduated from Engineering School at the University of Nebraska February 1951. Assigned as range safety officer at Cape Canaveral; saw Korean action as B-29 bombardier, then in SAC as a B-47 navigator and bombardier. Test director for Hound Dog Missile, Eglin AFB, and did R&D work on nuclear warheads, Sandia, NM while assigned to HQ USAF.

Retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in November 1969. Completed law degree from Florida State Law School and practiced until second retirement in 1993. Resided in Shalimar, FL. Married June Gastineau Ballou at Patterson Field on Sept. 5, 1947. June passed away in February 1994. One son, four daughters, 17 grandchildern and 24 great-grandchildren.

Buried with full military honors Arlington National Cemetery March 22, 2004.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 1st Bomb Division

    1st Bomb Division

    The groups under the command of the 1st Bomb Wing came under the command of the 1st Bomb Division in August 1943. In December 1944, the Division was redesginated the 1st Air Division.

  • 40th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 92nd Combat Bomb Wing (II)
  • 92nd Combat Bomb Wing (I)
  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107168 Pappy Time

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 12/3/44; Kearney 27/3/44; Grenier 5/4/44; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-D] Podington 14/4/44; battle damaged Cauvincourt 16/8/44 with Ted Letterman, crew all OK back at base; Salvaged 18/8/44.

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...


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