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Grey Carpenter Winchester


Shot down 3 November 1943 in B-17 #42-37742. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

Lt. Winchester was a navigator aboard a B-17 on a bombing mission to Wilhemshaven, Germany, at the time he was reported missing. The flight was attacked by enemy aircraft and disappeared into a cloud over the North Sea.

Grey Winchester left North Carolina with the National Guard in September 1940 and was stationed at Fort Jackson for some time. In 1942, he was transferred to the Air Corps and received his training at three different training fields in Texas, receiving his wings and commission at Hondo, Tex., in April 1943. He was also given advanced training at Dyersburg, TN, and Grand Island, Nebraska.

He left the States on August 20, 1943 and landed in England around September 5th. He had completed a number of missions over enemy territory before he was killed.


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-37742 Vagabond Lady

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 13/8/43; Gr Island 3/9/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-J] Bassingbourn 22/9/43; Missing in Action 5m Wilhelmshaven 3/11/43 with Bill McAdams, Co-pilot: Bob Shipp, Navigator: Grey Winchester, e-Tom Kenefik, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sam...


  • VIII Bomber Command 119

    3 November 1943
    October 1943 turned out to be the worst loss rate for 8th Air Force for the entire war. 2,145 B-17s and 303 B-24s had been dispatched on missions. 163 B-17s had been lost (lost rate 7.5991%) and 9 B-24s were lost (loss rate 2.9703%). These loss rates...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Waynesville, North Carolina, USA 11 December 1920
Killed in Action (KIA) North Sea 3 November 1943
Died 3 November 1943


Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 04:09:38 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2017 16:12:26 StratasFan Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, mission associations and media associations

Articles in his hometown paper, The Waynesville Mountaineer, and military records.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:41 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1154 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database