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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.
FRANCES FORTUNE GRIMES
Born: Deer Park, Maryland
Graduate: High school,
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.