University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Bill Grosvenor recollections of World War II, 1998

Creator Grosvenor, Bill, 1920-2009
Creator Wright, Bill, 1933-....
Title: Bill Grosvenor recollections of World War II
Dates: 1998
Identification: camh-arc-003980
Extent: 1 inches
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

In 1943, 1st Lieutenant William D. "Bill" Grosvenor crashed his P-47 fighter plane in Lilleloo, Belgium. Members of the Belgian resistance network COMET (Comete) hid Grosvenor from German soldiers for several months while he tried to escape to England. Grosvenor was captured and imprisoned for two and a half months at Saint-Gilles Prison in Brussels before escaping from a transport train to Germany.

In 1998, Abilene arts patron Bill Wright interviewed Grosvenor about his wartime experiences. Hearing the interview inspired Grosvenor's son David to film a 2006 documentary, Last Best Hope, describing his father's escape and the work of the Belgian Resistance.

Grosvenor died in Abilene, Texas, in 2009.


PBS. "Last Best Hope, a True Story of Escape, Evasion, and Remembrance." (accessed June 29, 2018)

American Air Museum in Britain. "William Dean Grosvenor." (accessed June 29, 2018).

Scope and Contents

Bill Grosvenor recollections of World War II consists of 1 compact disc containing Grosvenor's interview with Bill Wright in August 1998.


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Conditions Governing Use

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Grosvenor, Bill, 1920-2009
Wright, Bill, 1933-....
Corporate Names
United States. Army. Air Corps
Military operations, Aerial--American
Prisoners of war
World War (1939-1945)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bill Grosvenor Recollections of World War II, 1998, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection processed by Colleen Hobbs, July 2018.

Accession Number


Detailed Description of the Collection

2.325/AAA56b Bill Grosvenor recollections of World War II CD 1998