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Bryant Yeck Anderson

Military

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD). 2nd tour with 6th Fighter Wing.

Awards: WWII Victory.

Post War: Remained in USAF serving in Korea and Vietnam, retiring as Colonel.

Service

Units served with

  • 66th Fighter Wing
  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

  • 364th Fighter Squadron
  • 82nd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-6217

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47C Thunderbolt initially with 82FS, 78FG, 8AF transferred to 551FTS, 495FTG, 8AF. ...

  • 42-103007 'Joan' 'Swoose'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 362FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Destroyed in mid air collision 7-Jun-44. Pilot Lt Charles R Moritz KIFA.

  • 42-22476 'Fortunes Fool' 'Helen'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Peter Voninski (5ERS). Transferred War Weary to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

  • Sawston Hall

    Military site : non-airfield
    Sawston Hall was requisitioned for use as the Headquarters of the 66th Fighter Wing, from the Huddleston family. There is graffiti on the top floor from the US occupation and an air-raid shelter in the grounds. It reverted to the Huddleston's at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Utah, USA 5 April 1920
Lived in Peoria, IL, USA 1940
Enlisted Utah, USA 30 December 1941
Crashed Arcadia, FL 34266, USA 1 May 1942

Baled Out due to Stall/Spin Arcadia, Florida Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Bryant Y Anderson, 1-May-42.

PT-17 41-8064 - ACTD

Assigned Duxford 23 February 1943 – 14 May 1944

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Goxhill, Barrow-upon-Humber DN19, UK 5 March 1943

Landing Accident Goxhill/Sta 345 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Bryant Y Anderson, 5-Mar-43.

P-47C 41-6217 - 82FS 78FG 8AF

Crashed Bury St Edmunds, Bury Saint Edmunds, UK 3 August 1943

Crashed Belly Landing Bury St Edmonds/Sta 468 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Bryant Y Anderson, 3-Aug-43.

P-47D 42-22476 - 82FS 78FG 8AF

Crashed Leiston IP16, UK 8 March 1944

Landing Accident Leiston/Sta 373 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Bryant Y Anderson, 8-Mar-44.

P-51C1 42-103007 - 362FS 357FG 8AF

Transferred 14 May 1944 – 12 August 1944

Transferred to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion 5 July 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) 12 August 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Promotion 12 August 1944

Promoted to Captain.

2nd Tour 4 October 1944

2nd Tour as 1st Lieutenant.

Died Dillwyn, VA 23936, USA 15 October 1991
Buried December 1991

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2016 20:01:57 Al_Skiff Changes to service number and events
Sources

http://www.afhra.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=11986
https://www.fold3.com/page/83756907_bryant_y%20anderson/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Anderson%2C+Bryan...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Anderson&GSfn=Brya...

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2016 19:47:06 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

http://www.afhra.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=11986
https://www.fold3.com/page/83756907_bryant_y%20anderson/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Anderson&GSfn=Brya...

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2015 11:06:11 Lucy May Changes to role, biography and events
Sources

Combined two entries for Bryant Anderson. This entry now includes information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / EAGLES OF DUXFORD, The 78th Fighter Group in WW2 by Fry, p132

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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