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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.
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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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