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Surname GRIMSTON   Initials The Hon B   First Name BRIAN  
Decorations DFC  
Rank Squadron Leader   Unit RAF   Service No. 84667  
Age 29  Deceased 4/04/1943  Previous Squadron  
Comments His brother Bruce David died 13/7/1944 with 524 Sqdn aged 28.  
Address Verulam ?  
Cemetery RUNNYMEDE MEMORIALSurrey, United Kingdom  
Grave Location Panel 118.  
Additional Info Son of James Walter Grimston, fourth Earl of Verulam, and Violet Constance Maitland Grimston (nee Brabazon), Countess of Verulam. B.A., Hons. (Cantab.).  
War Graves Link 1798932  Grave Photo ** YES ** Cemetery Photo ** YES **
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFC  5/01/1943  Squadron Leader The Honourable Brian GRIMSTON (84667), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 156 Squadron.

Squadron Leader Grimston was captain of an aircraft engaged in operations against Turin on the night of 11th December, 1942. Throughout the greater part of the outward flight, he was forced to fly blind, owing to extremely adverse weather. Only by exercise of the greatest coolness and tenacity was this officer able to surmount the difficulties of the Alpine crossing, reach the target, and complete his mission.
On the return flight, the state of the weather exacted the most superlative airmanship and navigational skill. Squadron Leader Grimston finally made a successful landing in this country.

In the course of numerous operational sorties, this officer has evinced superb skill and exceptional courage. 
Source Date Comments
ORB  8/09/1942  F/LT GRIMSTON and crew reported for duty. 
ORB  6/10/1942  1 flight from COTTESMORE to base by F/LT GRIMSTON. 
ORB  13/11/1942  S/LD. Hon. B. GRIMSTON and crew returned after 5 days visit to WICKENBY. 
LG 35855  5/01/1943  DFC Notification 
ORB  6/01/1943  S/L GRIMSTON awarded D.F.C 
LG 35900  9/02/1943  granted the rank of Flt Lt. L Hon B. GRIMSTON, DFC. (84667). 28th Dec 1942 
ORB  11/02/1943  Lecture on flying limitations on LANCASTER aircraft and on crew order book by S/LD GRIMSTON. 
ORB  4/04/1943  10 aircraft detailed for operations. All took off but 2 failed to return - S/L GRIMSTON DFC and P/O DAVIES, and crews.