Anderson, Sheldon Keith, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 319th Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1945
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Captain

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Granville, IL; Kenosha, WI
Last Address
Rimini Airfield, Italy

Casualty Date
Mar 24, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Austria
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Green Ridge Cemetery - Kenosha, Wisconsin
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Latitude: 42.56903 / Longitude: -87.82113

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, USAAF Aviation Cadet Center (San Antonio, TX), 113/C2
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)319th Fighter Squadron325th Fighter Group
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1055, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1055, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1055, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1055, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 319th Fighter Squadron
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 325th Fighter Group
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1055, POW Germany
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1944-1944, P-51/F-51 Mustang3
  1944-1945, P-51/F-51 Mustang9
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was credited with 3 victories is aerial combat. 

Mar 13th, 1945 – 54th Combat Mission
: (Mission Not Recorded)
Record states: Capt. Anderson was on a strafing mission to Germany. Report: Capt Anderson's squadron was on a combat mission over Southern Germany. Capt. Anderson's P-51 Mustang engine was hit by enemy ground fire and eventually set his engine afire. Capt. Anderson bailed out at a safe altitude and his chute opened. His squadron commander saw him land in a wooded area approximately thirty miles south southeast of Salzburg, Austria.




 
   
Comments/Citation
MACR: 13003 (Missing Air Crew Report): Dated: 03/13/1945, P-51D, Aircraft no: 44-15378, No. 76 – Honey Jo, Location: St. Johan-3mi NE, AUS – Crew: Sheldon Anderson, Pilot POW.

Mar 26th, 1945 – Letter from the Fifteenth Air Force to Capt. Anderson's parents.... Capt. Anderson has been “Missing in Action” since March 13th, 1945...
 
Apr 23rd, 1945 – Letter from Hdqrs 325th Fighter Group to Capt. Anderson's parents … there is a strong probability that he is a Prisoner of War....
 
Apr 27th, 1945 – Letter from Headquarters, Army Air Forces to Capt. Anderson's parents ... The Adjutant General reporting: Capt. Anderson as “Missing in Action” over Austria since 13 March 1945...

Oct 22nd, 1945 - Letter from the War Department to Capt. Anderson's parents ... The Adjutant General Office. Confirming the death of your son, Captain Sheldon K. Anderson, 0702741, Air Corp. “While attempting to make his way back to his base in Italy, he was captured by the enemy and was being transported north when he was killed in action 24 March 1945 near Durrenzimmern, Germany, while in German hands. 

Feb 4th, 1946 – Letter from the Army Service Forces to Capt. Anderson's parents ...  This letter is requesting dental records from Sheldon's civilian dentist to make a comparison to a deceased soldier.

May 28th, 1946 - Letter from the Army Service Forces to Capt. Anderson's parents . This letter states, Identity of the remains of your son has now been established and that his remains are interred in Plot PPP, Row 2, Grave 15, in the United States Military Cemetery, St. Avold, France.

1948 – Capt Sheldon K. Anderson's remains are returned to his family. The American Legion, Post 429 assisted with the service. Capt. Sheldon K Anderson grave site is located: Green Ridge Cemetery, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Latitude: 42.56903 (42° 34′ 8.5″ N) Longitude: 87.82113 (87° 49′ 16.06″ W)


Capt Sheldon K. Anderson is a brother to PFC Gerald O. Anderson (TWS)
   
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