Anderegg, Robert K., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
418th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Feb 04, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
North Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot d, Row 8, Grave 49

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 418th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Robert K. Anderegg was born in West Bend, Iowa in 1922. His parents were Ernest C. and Nora M. Dewitt Anderegg. The US Census 1940 lists the family in West Bend.

Anderegg was drafted, probably in 1942 according to his crew training record. No NARA Enlistment Record has been located for him, but it is known that he was assigned to the Army Air Forces, trained as an aerial gunner, and sent to crew training in 1943. The crew went to England, arriving there in November, 1943. According to award code and tradition, the crew flew at least 15 combat missions.

On February 4, 1944, the crew was assigned to bomb the railway works in Frankfurt, Germany. Over the target, the formation came under attack by numerous German fighters as well as flak. A flak shell hit the aircraft, and one or more engines began smoking. The aircraft pulled out of formation, under control, and headed back to England.

Several fighters followed the straggler, but failed to shoot it down. Flak batteries on the Dutch Coast opened up, but were inaccurate. The aircraft proceeded out over the North Sea, where it crashed just off the coast.

Several bodies washed ashore to the Dutch islands in the next few days. Anderegg washed ashore on February 6 on Oudderp Island. He was recovered and buried in a local cemetery. After the war, his remains were retrieved, and moved to the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium, where he lies in Plot D, Row 8, Grave 49.
US Census 1940
Headstone and Interment Record for U.S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil.


SSgt Robert K. Anderegg was acting as the ball turret gunner on B-17G # 42-37975, unnamed, assigned to the 418th Bomb Squadron. (The crew's regular aircraft, B-17G # 4203508, named "Bastard's Bungalow," was in maintenance for an engine change, and unavailable.)

Missing Air Crew Report 2343 was issued for this loss. Crew rosters and personnel files show the crew as:

1 Lt William E. Green  p
2 Lt Jack P. Jensen  c-p
2 Lt John S. Hamilton  nav
2 Lt John J. Joyce  bomb
SSgt Roman B. Beran  eng/tt gun
SSgt Robert W. Vanderlik  r/o
SSgt Robert K. Anderegg  btg
SSgt Sanford Tisdale  wg
SSgt Harry J. Waskewicz  wg
SSgt Larry R. Leist  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

SSgt Vanderlik replaced SSgt Tom Sasser before the crew left for overseas.

The entire crew was killed.

In the crew training photo, Anderegg is in the back row, 2nd from left.

In the combat crew photo, Anderegg is in the front row, 2nd from left.

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