|George J. Grimm Short Snorter
The Short Snorter Project
|Lt. George J. Grimm standing on the wing of his PB2Y Coronado
shortly after landing in Tokyo Bay. Plane is Bureau # 7073.
British Battleship H.M.S. Duke of York is in the background.
George Jensen Grimm was born on the family farm
located in Arlington, Washington, in 1918.
He graduated from Arlington High School in 1937
and then went off to learn about airplanes. He
joined the Boeing Company in 1939 and worked as
a draftsman in the "Big Red Barn". He joined a
flying club called the Falcon Flyers where he first
learned to fly, soloing on November 7, 1941. Shortly
after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, George joined
the Naval Reserve to become a pilot. He trained at
several bases, the most obscure being Naval Air
Station Pasco, and the most notable being Naval
Air Station Corpus Christi. At Corpus Christi,
George learned to fly the Consolidated PBY-5A
Catalina Flying Boat. Once he received his pilot's
wings, George was assigned to the Naval
Transport Service flying the Consolidated PB2Y
Coronado with VR-2 Squadron in the Pacific
Theatre of Operations. One of his memorable
trips was flying Joe Foss, U.S.M.C., recipient of
the Congressional Medal of Honor, on a return trip
from Manus in the Admiralty Islands. His most
memorable trip was flying Fleet Admiral Chester
Nimitz and his staff into Tokyo Bay for the
surrender of the Japanese in August 1945.
|George Grimm and crew relaxing on the beach and waiting for orders. They would soon be flying Admiral Nimitz and staff
to Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender. George is standing far left. (Courtesy of George Grimm)
|Pilot Lt. Shockey at the wheel of his PB2Y.
(Photo courtesy George Grimm)
|Stock photo of a Consolidated PB2Y Coronado breaking suction for liftoff.