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Woodrow Wilson Anderson

Military

Woodrow Anderson entered service from Texas and served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group transferring to the 352nd Fighter Group. He Failed to Return (FTR) from a bomber escort to Dessau. Bounced by three Bf109's near Leipzig and shot down in P-51B 42-106635, Killed in Action (KIA) 28-May-44. He is commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial.

Awards: DFC (3 OLC), AM (3 OLC), PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 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...

  • 486th Fighter Squadron
  • 82nd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106635 'Texas Bluebonnet'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from a bomber escort to Dessau. Bounced by three Bf109's near Leipzig and shot down, pilot Lt Woodrow W Anderson Killed in Action (KIA) 28-May-44. MACR 5099.

  • 43-7000 'Marj' 'Priority Nil'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Woodrow W Anderson. Re-assigned to Lt Charles E Griffiths. Transferred to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 77FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Missions

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Bexar County, TX, USA 20 November 1916

Son of James Horace and Nancy Louise [Spivey] Anderson.

Lived in Stockdale, TX 78160, USA 1940
Enlisted Texas, USA 1942
Based Duxford 14 July 1943 – 26 July 1943

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

Transferred Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 26 July 1943 – 28 May 1944

Transferred to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 7 May 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Died Leipzig, Germany 28 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) from a bomber escort to Dessau. Bounced by three Bf109's near Leipzig and shot down, Killed in Action (KIA) 28-May-44.

Buried 1945

Recorded on the Tablets of the Missing

Buried Stockdale, TX 78160, USA 1945

Memorialised
Stockdale Cemetery
Stockdale
Wilson County
Texas, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2016 09:54:51 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, role and biography
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Anderson&Submit=S...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-106635&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28628218
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Anderson&GSfn=Wood...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=22986417

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2016 09:46:18 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Anderson&Submit=S...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=42-106635&Submit6=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28628218
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Anderson&GSfn=Wood...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Anderson&GSfn=Wood...

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2015 11:55:46 Lucy May Changes to nickname, biography and events
Sources

See Little Friends website for aircraft details: http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/352ndfg.php?action=list_records&sort_orde...

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2015 11:51:54 Lucy May Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards and events
Sources

Combined two entries for Woodrow W Anderson. This entry now includes information from the following source:
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

ABMC record: http://www.abmc.gov/search-abmc-burials-and-memorializations/detail/WWII...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:29:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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