Grimes, Frances Fortune, 2nd Lt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0273-Airplane Pilot
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1943-1944, Air Corps Ferrying Command
Service Years
1943 - 1944
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Maryland
Maryland
Year of Birth
1914
 
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Home Town
Deer Park, Maryland
Last Address
Camp Davis, North Carolina

Date of Passing
Mar 27, 1944
 
Location of Interment
South Side Cemetery - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Not Specified

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During basic training in Houston, she lost her two front teeth after running into Margaret Cook during a baseball game. Initially, Frances reported to Love Field, Dallas, Texas. Later she was transferred to Camp Davis, N.C. She lost her life in an A-24 Dive Bomber shortly after take off near Otis Field, Massachusetts.

Frances was born in Deer Park, Maryland, but grew up with her two sisters in West Virginia. She was quite an athlete. She received the Governor's Award as West Virginia's outstanding athlete. She excelled at both tennis and golf. She later became a CPT instructor and member of the CAP before joining the WASP.
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FRANCES FORTUNE GRIMES
Class: 43-W-3

Born: Deer Park, Maryland
Graduate: High school,
West Virginia,
West Virginia University
University of Pittsburgh

Frances entered WASP flight training at Houston Municipal Airport, Houston, Texas on January 15, 1943 and graduated at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, July 3, 1943.

Her active duty assignment was to the 5th FG/ATC at Love Field, Dallas, Texas.

She was killed shortly after take-off from Otis Field, Massachusetts in an A-24 attack bomber on March 27, 1944.

 

   
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Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolAir Training CommandAir Corps Ferrying Command
  1943-1943, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1943, Air Training Command
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  1943-1944 World War II
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West Virginia UniversityUniversity of Pittsburgh
  1938-1940, West Virginia University
  1940-1942, University of Pittsburgh
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