Anderson, Homer C., TSgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 8th Air Force
Service Years
1942 - 1945
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Zora
Last Address
Lakeview Heights

Date of Passing
Sep 29, 2005
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
TSgt. Homer Anderson enlisted on 31 October 1942 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

In the ETO, he served with "The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourn",  of the 91st Bomb Group, 323rd Bomb Squadron out of RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England (AF Station 121), 8th Air Force.  His service in England began on 17 July 1944.

Primarily, he flew with William Eblen's crew aboard the B-17 "Sweet 17 - The Spirit of St Louis". Also, flew missions aboard "Heigh Ho Silver" and the famous "Nine-O-Nine". 



Other airmen in his squadron that he remembered were William Marler, his co-pilot, and other squadron mates including: Arvin Basnight, John Yavis, John Annes, Finis Johnson, Joe Doran, and John Weisgarber. 



He was standing about 3 or 4 feet behind General "Possum" Hansell when that gentleman earned the "Rigid Digit Award" for landing about a hundred yards short of the runway in the grass. 

 Homer had already finished his 32 missions and was just hanging around the barracks waiting for orders home when he was approached with an offer for the job. The general wanted to do his periodic qualification flight and Homer was told that he didn't have to act as his engineer but that it would be appreciated. Hence that near death experience occurred, after several others.

TSgt. Anderson was honorably discharged on 14 October 1945 at Scott Field, Illinois. He had returned to the States on 1 April 1945. The last operational missions of the 323rd was on 25 April 1945.
   
Other Comments:
Hunter. An uncanny expert marksman. Killed his first 17 deer with with 16 cartridges from the 8 mm German Mauser that he built up. Worked with father and five brothers for three years in their gunstock mill in Springtown, Arkansas after war, providing blanks for Bishop Gunstocks of Warsaw, Missouri. He was a farmer, dairy and beef, then poultry, broilers, and later turkeys. An avid treasure hunter and trail bike enthusiast. 

 

He passed away from Congestive Heart Failure. He was interred in Brushy Cemetery,  Cole Camp, Benton County,  Missouri.
   
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Flight Engineer Badge
Sharp Shooter
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
323rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy91st Bombardment Group, Heavy8th Air Force
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 748, 323rd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1945, 91st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, 8th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
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