Louis was born in Portland, OR, Feb. 28, 1922 and went to his eternal rest on May 27, 2018. Louis is survived by his daughter, Beverly Anderson Dart; son, Dale A. Anderson and his wife, Kathryn, grandchildren, George L. Dart and his wife Lisa, Alison Dart Banholzer, and Michael Anderson, four great-granddaughters, Rachael Dart, Haeley Dart, Katherine Banholzer and Caroline Banholzer, brother, A. Reinold Anderson and his wife Mary; and nephew, John W. Anderson and his wife Anne; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara F. Anderson, his parents, Earnest W. Anderson and Dora L. Anderson, and grandson, Col. David D. Banholzer.
Louis grew up on the family farm in Longview, WA where he graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1940. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1942. He was called up and went to flight training in 1943 and was deployed in 1944. He flew 35 missions over Germany as First Pilot of a G-model B-17, flying out of RAF Chelveston, England. Louis was transferred to Alamogordo Air Base and was training to fly the B-29 when the war ended. Following WWII, he married the love of his life, Barbara F. Gilby on July 7, 1946 and they relocated to Pullman, WA where Louis graduated from Washington State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Business and Master’s Degree in Education. They moved to Spokane, WA, where they celebrated 71 years of marriage. Louis and Barbara often spoke of “growing old together” and their love becoming “truer, deeper and richer.”
Louis completed 21 years in the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a Lt. Col., while pursuing 30 years as a Vocational Agriculture, Auto Shop teacher and FFA Advisor for Mead High School. He also served on the Washington State Lands Commission, helping in the management of state forest lands.
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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...
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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...