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Millard Othello Anderson Sr

Military

Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.
Flew 53 combat missions in P-51's. Awarded Air Medal for heroically sheparding a badly damaged B-17 ( wounded pilot and shot out instruments, heading in wrong direction). Awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart after he bravely intercepted and shot down an Me 262 jet fighter and returned injured from the 25th February mission in an incapacitated aircraft.

Awards: DFC, AM (8 OLC),SS, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post War: Remained in USAF, Serving in Korea, a 13 month tour, at Iwo Kuni, Japan, where he flew the B-26 bomber in 63 missions over Korea. Rising to the rank of Lt Colonel before retiring in February 1968. Second career as a nuclear products specialist with Babcock & Wilcox until 1985, when he retired.

In Memoriam

Remembered by Colonel Richard Anderson, Lynchburg, VA.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 353rd Fighter Group

    353rd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 353rd Fighter Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force on 7 June 1943. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolts, and from October 1944, P-51 Mustangs, as escorts for bombing missions across occupied Europe and to strafe targets on the ground. Tactical...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 351st Fighter Squadron
  • 38th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Raydon

    Military site : airfield
    Although never used as such, Raydon was built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, with three concrete runways, 50 loop and one pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Initially on loan to the Ninth Air Force, it was first...

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Norfolk, Virginia 30 June 1918

Son of Joseph David and Bessie Irene [Schley]Anderson.

Assigned Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK 27 October 1944 – 9 July 1945

Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed St Vith, Belgium 24 December 1944

Bf109 destroyed St Vith.

E/A Destroyed 1/2 Salzwedel, Germany 14 January 1945

Shared destroyed (Ground) Salzwedel.

E/A Destroyed Giebelstadt, Germany 25 February 1945

Destroyed Me262 Giebelstadt.

E/A Destroyed Giebelstadt, Germany 25 February 1945

Destroyed Fw190 (Ground) Giebelstadt.

E/A Destroyed Brunnthal, Germany 9 April 1945

Destroyed enemy aircraft(Ground) Munich Brunnthal.

E/A Destroyed Wesendorf, Germany 10 April 1945

Destroyed enemy aircraft(Ground) Wesendorf.

Promotion Wormingford, Colchester CO6, UK 18 April 1945

Promoted to Captain.

Transferred Raydon, Ipswich IP7, UK 9 July 1945 – August 1945

Transferred to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK August 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died Lynchburg, VA, USA 23 January 2001
Buried West Point, NY, USA February 2001

Old Cadet Chapel Columbarium
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point
Orange County
New York, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 July 2016 10:45:23 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, nickname, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
http://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/13874/
http://www.station131.co.uk/55th/Encounter%20Reports.htm#1944 February Reports
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Anderson&GSfn=Mill...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

55th FG newsletter / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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