Anderson, Elmer J., 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
1944-1944, AAF MOS 611, 349th Bomb Squadron
Service Years
1943 - 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
Last Address
349th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Jun 12, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
North Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Walls of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy349th Bomb Squadron
  1943-1944, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 611, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 611, 349th Bomb Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Elmer J. Anderson was born in California in 1916. Data on his parents nor census records have not been located. It is known he graduated from Central Union High School in 1943, and worked in the pharmacy department of the Fresno County Hospital.

He was drafted, as shown by his service number, and inducted into military service on May 10, 1943. He is listed as having completed 4 years of high school, and that he was divorced, with dependents. One source states he had a son, Donald N. Anderson, with no mention of his wife.

Anderson was assigned to the Army Air Forces, selected for flight duty, and trained as an aerial gunner in Utah and Arizona before being promoted to Sergeant, and sent to crew training. He trained with the Ryan crew, moving overseas to England in May, 1944.

On June 12, 1944, the crew received their first combat mission assignment - bombardment of the coastal defenses at Dunkirk, France. Over the target, the aircraft was hit by flak. A fire broke out in the wing fuel tank between the # 3 and # 4 engines. The wing broke off, then the aircraft exploded, throwing one crew member out into space.

The aircraft crashed into the North Sea, approximately 14 miles north of Dunkirk, killing the remaining crew. No remains were recovered, and all the crew are remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium.
NARA Enlistment Records


Elmer J. Anderson was acting as the tail gunner on B-17G # 43-37601, named "Pack of Trouble," assigned to the 349th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 5625 was issued for this loss. Crew rosters show the crew consisted of:

2 Lt John F. Ryan, Jr.  p
2 Lt Joseph H. Tobiczyk  c-p
2 Lt Hans J. Chorpenning  nav
2 Lt Carl S. McGinty  bomb
TSgt Marvin F. Fenner  eng/tt gun
TSgt George L. Sherback  r/o
SSgt James F. Healy  btg
SSgt Harold R. Whipple  wg
SSgt Archie J. McFarland  wg
SSgt Elmer J. Anderson  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

TSgt Sherback was the only survivor

Anderson is not shown in the crew photo. (His name, in some sources, is spelled "Andersen," but the personnel records of the 100th Bomb Group lists "Anderson," which is used here.


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