GRIMES, DELBERT LEROY, Staff Sergeant, # 39022767, USAAF
Delbert L Grimes was born on 5 April 1920 in Chowchilla, Madera Co., California to Floyd Richard Grimes (1883-1955) (Iowa) and Ethel (Casey) Grimes (1884-1963) (Iowa) (married 9 April 1913, Allerton, Wayne Co., Iowa). Siblings included Kenneth Robert Grimes (1914-1977), Reba Margaret (Grimes) McGregor (1916- ), Wilma M. (Grimes) Harbick (1918-2014), Dorothy M. Grimes (1921-2009). He completed a year of college. He registered for the WWII draft on 1 July 1941, resided at Bethel District, Chowchilla, Madera Co., California, employed by Danish Creamery Association, and described himself as 5’11”, 160 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California, on 12 March 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-29 Superfortress and sent overseas to China. On 15 June 1944, B-29 # 42-93826, assigned to 20th Air Force, 468th Bomb Group, 793rd Bomb Squadron, departed the USAAF airfield at Pengshan, China, on a combat mission and crashed. The crew was killed. The remains were indistinguishable fron one another and thus the Quartermaster Command decided upon a group burial. Those listed included Pilchard, Quirke, Roberts, Sharples, Sturges, Bevan, Escher, Ferracane, Grimes, Mortimer, Myers, and Pfeiffer.There was a group burial of the remains of the crew on 1 February 1950 in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln Co., Nebraska (Sec. R, Grave 43).
His brother, Kenneth R. Grimes, born 30 January 1914, served in the U.S. Army from 6 January 1942 to 31 October 1945. He died on 15 August 1977 and is buried in the Chowchilla Cemetery, Chowchilla, California.
His sister, Reba M. Grimes, born 31 January 1916, served in the U.S. Army from 17 July 1941 to 13 January 1946. She died 13 January 1979 and is buried in the Plainsburg Cemetery, Plainsburg, Merced Co., California.