Grime, William Jeffrey Owen

Date of birth:
(Ealing/London, Great Britain)
Service number:
149573
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

William Grime enlisted for air crew training in 1941 and having commenced pilot training, transferred to Air Bomber training soon after. He was commissioned in 1943 and commenced operational flying
with 467 Squadron on 21 Jun 1943.
In May 1943 Grime commenced a second tour of operations with 463 Squadron. His Lancaster aircraft was shot down by by a Ju88 during a raid on the Mitteland Canal, near Gravenhorst on 21 Feb 1945, and half of his crew, including pilot and Squadron Commander, the popular and able Wing Commander W. A. Forbes, D.S.O., D.F.C., were killed. Grime survived and was taken prisoner, being held at Stalag XIIID and Stalag VIIA before his repatriation in May 1945.

Promotions:
? Sergeant
June 1st, 1943: Pilot Officer (probation/emergency)
December 1st, 1943: Flying Officer (war sub)
June 1st, 1945: FLight Lieutenant (war sub)

April 11th, 1946: appointed as Assistant to the Provost Marshal
12 december 1946: Flying Officer, extended service (four years on
the active list
December 13th, 1946: Flight Lieutenant
October 14th, 1947: cease to hold position as Assistant to the Provost Marshal

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flying Officer
Unit:
Royal Air Force, No. 467 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron
Awarded on:
February 11th, 1944
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

Sources

  • - Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36170 published on the 10 September 1943
    - THird Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36289 published on the 14 December 1943
    - Fifth Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36374 published on the 8 February 1944
    - Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37141 published on the 19 June 1945
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37548 published on the 26 April 1946
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37936 published on the 18 April 1947
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37958 published on the 16 May 1947
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 38095 published on the 10 October 1947
    - Chelsea Militaria Antiques