Anderson, Vermont O., 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 349th Bomb Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1944
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
349th Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Nov 30, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot C, Row 6, Grave 53

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy349th Bomb Squadron
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 349th Bomb Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Bombing Raids Over Germany
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Vermont Ole Anderson was born on January 16, 1918 in Hennepin County, Minnesota. His mother's name was Hilma Anderson. The US Census 1920 lists her as living in Minneapolis Ward 4, Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota as a widow with her family.

No records have been located as to Anderson's early life, or entry into the military. But judging from rank, assignments, and training, he must have enlisted in 1942. He was accepted for pilot training. After completing this program, he transitioned to multi-engine aircraft. He was given a crew for crew training purposes. This crew went overseas to England in October, 1944. They flew 4 missions, including the fatal one.

Records also show he married Betty Helene Bayer in Hennipin County on August 23, 1941.

On November 30, 1944, the crew was tasked to bomb the oil refinery located at Merseberg, Germany. Over the target area, the aircraft was hit by flak.  The right wing caught fire. The aircraft fell from formation to the right side, and entered a spin. It then crashed into an area of tall smokestacks.

Three of the crew survived to become POWs. The dead were buried locally, and retrieved at war's end, then moved to other cemeteries. At present, Lt Anderson lies in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium in Plot C, Row 6, Grave 53.
Marriage - Divorce
Headstone and Interment Records for Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil
US Census 1920


Lt Vermont O. Anderson was performing duty as First Pilot on B-17G # 43-38211, unnamed, assigned to the 349th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 10831 was issued, and covers this loss. Crew rosters show the crew consisted of:

2 Lt Vermont O. Anderson  p
2 Lt William G. Sherling  c-p
F/O Norman Klasner  nav
2 Lt Herbert D. Olsen  bomb
Cpl  Dudley C. Runnels, Jr.  eng/tt gun
Cpl  Stanley W. Labuz  r/o
Cpl  Nathan L. Sanderson  btg
Cpl  Frank Lusenko  wg
Cpl  Bert E. Lickliter  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Lts. Sherling and Olsen plus Cpl Runnels survived.

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