Anderson, Robert L., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 758th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lake City
Last Address
Giuila, Italy

Casualty Date
Jun 09, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery - Louisville, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot I, Site 134-136

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aerial Gunnery School459th Bombardment Group, Heavy758th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1943, Aerial Gunnery School
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 459th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, 758th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
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Last Known Activity
Robert Laverne Anderson was born in Lake City, South Carolina, probably about 1923. No records of his childhood have been located, but he enrolled in Clemson University in 1941 as a member of the Class of 1945. He dropped out to join the Army Air Forces. Taking his training and rank achieved into consideration, this was probably in late 1942 or early 1943.

He was sent to aerial gunnery school. When he completed this course, he was assigned to the 459th Bomb Group which deployed to Italy in January 1944. On a combat mission to bomb German war facilities at Munich, Germany, intense but inaccurate flak was encountered prior to IP. The bomb run was made successfully, but just afterward, an observer stated 5 flak shells burst under the aircraft. The aircraft dropped 500 feet, and the left wing tip was seen to curl upward. The pilot gained control, but the # 1 engine fell from the wing. The aircraft went into a tight spin and crashed. Only one parachute was observed.

The one crewman who parachuted down was captured. The bodies of the crew were buried locally, and after the war, some remains were returned to the U.S. and interred at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. A marker stone at Plot I, Graves 134-136 lists 7 of the crew members. One crew member is listed on the Walls of the Missing at Epinal American Cemetery in Europe. The remaining crew member's disposition is unknown.


The aircraft involved in this incident was B-24 J # 44-40479, nicknamed "Hogan's Hellcats," assigned to the 758th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 5849 was issued, and identifies the crew as:

2 Lt Walter H. Michaels   p
2 Lt Lyndon H. Beam, Jr.    c-p
2 Lt Leonard Brosky    nav
F/O Arthur H. Knott   bomb
SSgt William S. Jensen    eng
Sgt  Benjamin J. Russell, Jr    r/o
Sgt Clayton M. Draper    btg
Sgt Robert L. Anderson   lwg
Sgt Robert J. Reggs    rwg
Sgt John D. Baker   tail gun

Lt Brosky was the only survivor.

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