Anderson, Robert Moffat, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1054-Co-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1943, AAF MOS 1054, 365th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Chelveston, England

Casualty Date
Jan 13, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Evergreen Cemetery - Chester, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)Aviation Cadet Flight School305th Bombardment Group, Heavy365th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1941-1941, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1941-1942, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 770, 305th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1054, 365th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 Colleges Attended 
Clemson University
  1937-1941, Clemson University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Robert Moffat Anderson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Anderson, was born in 1920 in Chester, South Carolina. He graduated from Chester High School, and then attended Clemson University, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1941. While at Clemson, he was a member of the ROTC unit as a 1st Lieutenant, holding the position of Platoon Leader with the company.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps' Aviation Cadet program on July 15, 1941. He received flight training and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. After organizational and combat crew training, he was sent overseas in October, 1942. He arrived at Chelveston, England and was assigned to the 365th Bomb Squadron of the 305th Bomb Group.

He was assigned as co-pilot to a crew headed by Lt Conrad Hilbinger. On January 13, 1943, the crew was scheduled for a mission against the locomotive works at Lille, France. Once the target was reached, the flak was intense but not especially accurate. It was on the return trip over Belgium that Hilbinger's B-17 was hit with 5 bursts of flak. The aircraft crashed near Pollinkhove, Belgium.

All the crew were killed. The bodies were recovered and buried locally. After the war, the remains were transferred to Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium. Sometime later (approximately 1945 - 1948) Lt Anderson's remains were returned to the U.S. and buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Chester, South Carolina, where he lies today.

In 2003, the inhabitants of Pollinkhove erected a monument to the crew of this aircraft.
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"State" newspaper, Columbia, SC issue of 8/15/48


Lt Anderson was co-pilot of B-17F # 41-24601, nicknamed "Buckeye Blitz," assigned to the 365th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 15639 covers this incident. (One account gives this as 15638, but that is incorrect.) It identifies the crew as composed of:

1 Lt Conrad J. Hilbinger    p
2 Lt Robert M. Anderson   c-p
2 Lt Arthur P. Halbrooks   nav
2 Lt John J. Killinger   bomb
SSgt Ward H. Brown    eng/tt gun
SSgt Joseph B. Anderson    r/o
SSgt Hugh G. Erwin    btg
SSgt Robert S. Dickson   rwg
Sgt John C. Parise   lwg
Sgt James A. Boyette    tail gun

These are the names and spellings from the MACR and 305th BG records. The monument in Belgium spells these names differently:

Killinger = Kellinger
Parise = Paris

Most of the crew are still buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery.

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