Frances Fortune Grimes


Frances Fortune Grimes

Deer Park, Garrett County, Maryland, USA
Death 27 Mar 1944 (aged 29)
Camp Edwards, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 70664639 View Source

ASN 1628140
1st Air Force, 1st Tow Target Squadron

She was born in Deer Park MD to Bushrod Grimes and Sada C. Laughlin.

She was the No. 1 rank in the United States Lawn Tennis Association for the Middle Atlantic States, and she was awarded the most outstanding athlete, male or female, in the State of West Virginia in 1935. In that same year, she had won the women's singles, doubles, and mixed doubles championship at the West Virginia Open.

She was a graduate of Morgantown High School, Morgantown WV, West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh.

She had completed flight training at West Virginia University and also at the Southeastern University at the Martinsburg airport.

She entered AAF flight training at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, TX on 15 January 1943.

She was killed upon takeoff from Otis Field, Falmouth MA in RA-24B #42-54552 attack bomber due to the aircraft experiencing a stall and spin.

She was one of thirty-eight WWII WASPs killed while in the service of their country.


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