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Grover Chester Deen

Military

Lt. Grover C. Deen joined the 369th Fighter Squadron on 26 May 1944. On 18 September 1944, while flying his 43rd mission with the 359th Fighter Group, his Mustang went down for unknown reasons and the Lieutenant was captured. A POW at Stalag 1 in Barth-Vogelsang, he was liberated on 30 April 1945 and returned home to Austin, TX.

18 September 1944: The airborne assault on Eindhove, Nijmegen and Arnhom continued on the 18th. It was a long (6:07) patrol under MEW control, and there were three scattered combats. A flight was bounced by 35 FW-190s in one of these, and in this fight Grover C. Deen and Edwin Sjoblad were last seen. There were three claims - by Crenshaw, Lt. James Parsons, and another shared by John E. Keur and Thomas Bur.

Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) area support to Apeldorn in P-51C 42-103799 18-Sep-44 - Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 9008

Awards: DFC, BSM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Remained in USAF serving in the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts.

Service

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. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 369th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Fiskville, Travis County, TX 18 May 1919

Son of Grover C and Ethel Deen.

Lived in Austin, TX 1942
Based East Wretham 26 May 1944 – 18 September 1944

Assigned to 369FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion East Wretham, UK 5 August 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 18 September 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Baled out POW Dieren, Holland 18 September 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) area support to Apeldorn in P-51C 42-103799 18-Sep-44 - Prisoner of War. MACR 9008

Died Jacksonville, AR 3 August 2002
Buried Cook-Walden Memorial Hill Cemetery Austin, Travis County, TX 10 August 2002

Cook-Walden Memorial Hill Cemetery
Austin, Travis County, TX

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2021 21:24:28 Al_Skiff Changes to awards, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/624682929
https://www.fold3.com/image/220282233
https://www.fold3.com/record/59123303/social-security-death-index-grover...
https://www.fold3.com/record/712586760/u-s-veterans-gravesites-ca-1775-2...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/34706366/grover-chester-deen

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2021 12:00:18 general ira snapsorter Changes to events
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9008

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2019 13:07:25 Emily Changes to biography
Sources

Transferred biography by Janet Fogg, 359th Fighter Group Historian from media record

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2018 20:33:57 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28668816
https://www.fold3.com/record/59123303-grover-c-deen
https://www.fold3.com/record/627910355-grover-deen-1919
https://www.fold3.com/image/624682929
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/34706366/grover-chester-deen

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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