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Joseph B Anderson


Shot down 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24601 while serving as Radio Operator. Aircraft took a direct hit from flak over the target at Lille, France and crashed near Lo, Belgium. Killed in Action (KIA).


Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24601

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-P] Presque Is 19-Oct-42; Grafton Underwood 25-Oct-42; Missing in Action on 13-Jan-43 mission to bomb the Atclier D'Hellemes railroad factory at Lille, France. Took a direct hit by flak over the target and then was attacked and...


  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...


Event Location Date
Born Arizona
Killed in Action (KIA) France 13 January 1943

Killed when aircraft sustained a direct hit from flak over the target at Lille, France and crashed near Lo, Belgium.

Buried 1945

The American Battle Monuments Commission has no listing that this airman is interred, or commemorated on a Wall of the Missing at any American cemetery in Europe. It is possible that his remains may have been repatriated to the United States after the war, or perhaps never recovered.


Date Contributor Update
06 February 2015 19:02:32 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2015. Added SN and KIA detail per MACR 15639; Edited Biography with crew position and loss details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE, Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data. Added Burial event explanation.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:06 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15639 / MACR 15639, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 63 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database