Skip to main content
Edit entry 

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 grand-children and 24 great-grandchildren.

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


Units served with


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born San Diego, CA 22 August 1917
Enlisted San Antonio, TX July 1942

San Antonio, Texas

Specialist training Deming, NM 1944

Bombardiers training, Deming, New Mexico

Based Podington June 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Returned to US June 1945
Died Shalimar, FL 14 February 2004
Buried Arlington National Cemetery 22 March 2004

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Section: 60, Site: 7225


Date Contributor Update
30 March 2022 11:36:33 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards and events

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2020 16:07:22 Scott Weir Changes to biography

Provided by Scott Weir (Grandson)

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2020 16:05:36 Scott Weir Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nickname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Information provided by Scott Weir (Grandson)