Ensign E.R. Grinndal U.S. Navy – Course No. 35 No. 51 O.T.U. Cranfield

About Richard Grinndal

RAF 23 Squadron

Ensign Grinndal

collection Flight Lieutenant John Kelly U.S. Navy

51 OTU Ensign Grinndal

R.C. Harris log book

On 14 August 1944, Squadron Leader MacAndrew took off with Beaufighter I serial number 7775. Navigator R.C. Harris was the navigator radar operator instructor. Ensign E.R. Grinndal U.S. Navy was part of the crew.

What follows is something I found on the Internet in 2013. The Website does not exist anymore. Just in case I had copied the following…

I am so glad I did!


During October 68 Squadron made up for all the frustration of the two previous months as they shot down 13 Flying-bombs. The crews were as follows: Fg Off Haskell/Plt Off Bentley – three; Fg Off Humphrey/Fg Off Robertson – two; F/Sgt Bullus/Fg Off Edwards -one; W/O Lauchlan/F/Sgt Bailey – two; Fg Off Gibson/Sgt Lack – one; Sqn Ldr Wright/Fg Off McCullough – two; and Sqn Ldr Mansfeld/Flt Lt Janacek – two.

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Richard Grinndal remembered

This is a sequel about someone I wrote a post on this blog.

Read the post first, then the comment made.


Probably not that important that I should write about this person.

I have learned since 2009 that everything I write on this blog is for a reason. I am the one who benefits the most from all this writing I have been doing since 2009.

I have learned so much about myself and others that I have a hard time stopping writing.

So what is all about Richard Grinndal who died on November 22, 1944 and probably left no descendants to remember him by.

I have started writing about him on my blog about No. 23 Squadron. If you have been reading that blog, you know why I wrote it in the first place.

If not click here.

So what about Richard Eric Grinndal?

1940 U.S. Census Richard Grinndal


You tell me because I know very little about him.



Richard Grinndal was my uncle whom I never knew. I was born two months after he died. My middle name is Richard, after him. I often wonder how my life would have been different had he lived. He held BS & MS degrees in engineering, a Phi Beta Kappa key & was well liked by many including his flying buddies. I am my family’s keeper of the many photos, letters & other mementos from him including his letters home, burial flag, etc. He & his pilot Sam Peebles shot down V-1 flying bombs & I have copies of action reports describing how they did it. Their Mosquito crashed on take-off flying one last mission after his requirement was fulfilled. The main point is that he was a good man, brilliant & well thought of, who would have made a much greater contribution to our society.