Bill Grosvenor recollections of World War II, 1998
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." PBS.org (accessed June 29, 2018)
American Air Museum in Britain. "William Dean Grosvenor." Americanairmuseum.com (accessed June 29, 2018).
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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Bill Grosvenor Recollections of World War II, 1998, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection processed by Colleen Hobbs, July 2018.
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