Anderson, Robert S., Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 397th Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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Home State
Washington
Washington
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Last Address
Cardonville Airfield, France

Casualty Date
Jul 26, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
France
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Fort Snelling National Cemetery - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: B, 0, 313-N

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 Unit Assignments
368th Fighter Group397th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1943, 368th Fighter Group
  1943-1943, 397th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1944, 368th Fighter Group
  1943-1944, 397th Fighter Squadron
  1944-1944, 368th Fighter Group
  1944-1944, 397th Fighter Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"I was flying No.3 in (unreadable) White Flight on a tank cover mission on 26 July, 1944. We relieved Foxhound White Flight at 2030. Approximately 2035 a P-51 flew alongside of Captain Anderson, (unreadable) White Leader, and rocked his wings signifying he had a target for us. White Leader called me to keep the rest of the flight up while he went down to investigate. He located 2 enemy tanks approximately 1 mile south of Canisy, moving south along the hedgerows, and he preceeded to bomb them. His bombs fell about 200 feet short but the tanks stopped so he called me to proceed with the bombing. I couldn't see the tanks very well  so I called him and asked if he was sure the tanks were enemy because some of our tanks were only about 1200 yards up the road leaving Canisy, heading south. He told me to stay up while he made sure they were enemy. He passed over the tanks at about 1,000 feet and called and told me they were enemy. Immediately after he called, his plane did a half roll and there was a thin stream of smoke apparently coming from the supercharger. He went straight into the ground.
I could not see any flak and I believe he was hit by light arms fire. I saw no parachute. This occured at 2040. I then continued on the mission with the remainder of the flight." Source: Statement, 1st Lt George L Sutcliffe, Air Corps, Pilot, 397th Fitr.Sqdn, War Department Headquarters Army Air Forces, Washington, Missing Air Crew Report re: Captain Robert S Anderson, http://www.footnote.com
Aircraft # 42-26932

1st Lt Anderson was first reported Missing in Action and later reported Killed in Action 26 July 1944.

"Name: Robert S. Anderson
Service Info: CAPT US ARMY AIR CORPS WORLD WAR II
Birth Date: 25 Sept 1916
Death Date: 26 Jul 1944
Interment Date: 13 Feb 1948
Cemetery: Ft. Snelling National Cemetery
Cemetery Address: 7601 34th Avenue, South Minneapolis, MN 55450
Buried At: Section B Site 313-N"
Source: U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006, Ancestry.com

   
Comments/Citation
According to a roster of the 397th Fighter Squadron's Officers and Enlisted Men, 1st Lt Anderson was a pilot (368th Fighter Group) at Westover Field, MA until his squadron moved to Mitchel Field, Garden City, Long Island, NY.The 368th and it units moved to a staging area at Camp Miles Standish, MA in December of 1943. The Group boarded the SS Argentina at Boston Port and arrived in Firth of Clyde, Scoland on the 7th of Jan 1944, desembarked at Gurlock, Scotland and ended up at RAF Station 485, Greenham Common, England. The 368th is assigned to the 71st Fighter Wing, 9th Tactical Air Command, 9th Air Force. The group moved to RAF Station 404, Chilbolton, England, then to Strip #3 (A-3) at Cardonville, Normandy, France on the 19th of June 1944, just about a month  prior to the death of 1st Lt. Anderson. Source: http://368thfightergroup.com

The 397th Fighter Squadron was awarded campaign streamers for the Air Offensive, Europe, 1942-1944, Normandy 1944, Northern France 1944, Rhineland 1944-1945, Ardennes-Alsace 1944-1945, Central Europe 1945 and the Air Combat streamer 1941-1944.
Source: http://368thfightergroup.com

"Name: Robert S Anderson
Birth Year: 1916
Nativity State or Country: Washington
State of Residence: Minnesota
County or City: Hennepin
Enlistment Date: 25 Feb 1942
Enlistment State: Minnesota
Enlistment City: Minneapolis
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the war...
Component: Army of the United States
Source: Civil Life
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Semiskilled routemen
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 68
Weight: 151"
Source: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, Ancestry.com

   
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