GRILL, KENNETH E., Flight Officer, # T-190684, USAAF (a record says First Lieutenant)


Kenneth E. Grill was born 1922 in Pennsylvania to Leo Miller Grill (1891-1970) and Edith Pearl (Smith) Grill (1889-1959) (married 1 February 1913, Berks Co., PA). Siblings were Arthur Leo Grill (1913-1994), Warren Elmer Grill (1917-1918), and Harold Wayne Grill (1920-1977).


He enlisted in the USAAF in Pliadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 26 July 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he earned his appointment as a Flight Officer and wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 7 August 1943 a C-46 Commando, # 41-5204, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Transport Group, 6th Transport Squadron, Monhanbari, India, departed the airfield on a cargo mission to Yang Kai, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). An engine failed and it crashed in the north end of the Chindwin Valley, Burma (northeastern Burma, near India). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.


His brother, Arthur L. Grill, born 2 June 1913, served in the U.S. Army, # 0-376892, from 7 December 1941 to 24 January 1946. He entered service at the Army Chemical Center, Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. He died 18 June 1994 and is buried in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill, Delaware Co., Pennsylvania.