Grand Island in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Eugene F. Dinsmore
August 7, 1923 - January 21, 1945
Second Lieutenant (2d Lt) Eugene F. Dinsmore was born to a Grand Island pioneer farm family, graduated from Tonawanda High School and was employed at Carborundum Co. in Niagara Falls when he was drafted late in 1942.
2d Lt Dinsmore completed Pilot School and Flight Training in 1943. Early in 1944, he arrived in England and was assigned a new Republic P-47D fighter aircraft. He flew it to a AAF Fighter Group of the 9th Air Force in November, 1944.
In mid-December, the Squadron was assigned to an "Armed Recce" mission in the vicinity of Koblenz Germany, a reconnaissance mission with permission to attack any "targets of opportunity" discovered along the way. The mission report indicates that they attacked and destroyed a large ammunition storage site, but sadly 2d Lt Dinsmore's plane was hit by enemy fire. Other American pilots reported seeing 2d Lt Dinsmore parachuting to the ground where he was captured and taken to a German hospital where he died due to his wounds.
In 1947, 2d Lt Dinsmore's remains were brought back to Grand Island and buried in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1944.
Location. 43° 1.545′ N, 78° 57.97′ W. Marker is on Grand Island, New York, in Erie County. Memorial is at the intersection of Grand Island Boulevard (New York State Route 324) and Baseline Road, on the right when traveling north on Grand Island Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2340 Grand Island Boulevard, Grand Island NY 14072, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edward P. Pierce (here, next to this marker); William S. Gillen (here, next to this marker); Charles N. DeGlopper (here, next to this marker); Howard W. Salton (here, next to this marker); George E. Smith (here, next to this marker); Francis K. Goodchild (here, next to this marker); Charles A. Smith (here, next to this marker); William L. Rohde (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Island.
Also see . . . DeGlopper Memorial. (Submitted on May 8, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 8, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2, 3. submitted on May 7, 2022, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.