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Warren W Anderson

Military

Captain Warren Anderson was Bombardier on B-26 Serial 42-107588 hit by Flak on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. In the Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 11926, Captain Anderson mentions he was immediately captured after landing, about 5-10 miles SW of Saint-Vith. He was taken to a HQ building where he met his armorer/gunner S/Sgt Louis Prejean, both being joined later by Sgt Virgil Smith of their crew. The Germans started walking them East, into Germany, away from the front. At about 22:00 that same day, they managed to escape from their guards and walked West toward the Allied lines. On 17 January, the 3 men reached a point about 1½ mile from the US lines and rested in a foxhole, being tired and not having eaten for 2 days.
At about 04:30 on the morning of the 17th, either the Americans or the Germans began shelling the area they were in and Anderson was hit by a shell fragment in the right thigh. Sgts Prejean and Smith helped him to a nearby farmhouse (“in the vicinity of Bovigny or Houffalize”) and left him with the Belgian family there. Both sergents planned to try to make it through the lines. Captain Anderson was captured on 19 January, taken to a hospital in Germany and mentions he never heard about the fate of Prejean and Smith.
Captain Anderson is not listed at NARA’s WW II POW database, so he might have been liberated at the hospital by US forces, or just left there by retreating Germans (?)

Service

People

  • Robert Adams

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
    Robert H. Adams flew many missions with the 323rd Bomb Group. Promoted to Captain he was Pilot of B-26 Serial 42-107588 on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. ...

  • George Burnett Jr

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 323rd Bomb Group
    Captain George Burnett Jr was Navigator on B-26 Serial 42-107588, hit by Flak on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. Wounded, he was captured - Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Jack Pippin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    Jack Pippin was Radio Operator/Gunner on B-26 Serial 42-107588 hit by Flak on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. MACR 11926. Captured, he was a Prisoner of War (POW) and interned in Stalag Luft 3, from...

  • Louis Prejean

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Armorer; Gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    Louis Prejean was armorer/gunner on B-26 Serial 42-107588 on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. In his statement in MACR 11926, Captain Warren Anderson, bombardier on 107588 that day, mentions that,...

  • Virgil Smith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 323rd Bomb Group
    Virgil Smith was Engineer / Top Turret gunner on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. B-26 Serial 42-107588. MACR 11926. ...

  • Jerome Yosick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / GEE Navigator on this mission | 323rd Bomb Group
    Jerome Yosick was Co-Pilot and GEE Navigator on B-26 Serial 42-107588 on the 14 January 1945 mission to bomb the bridge at Steinebrück, Saint-Vith, Belgium. He is reported as Killed in Action (KIA), but the cause of his death is not known. He rests at...

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Units served with

  • 323rd Bomb Group

    323rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...

  • 453rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107588

    B-26 Marauder
    42-107588 was the lead ship on the mission of the 453rd to bomb the wooden bridge over the Our River at Steinebrück, near Saint-Vith, Belgium on 14 January 1945. In the Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 11926 -, Lt Mitchell E. Mussman, flying in number 3...

Missions

  • 792

    14 January 1945

Events

Event Location Date
Born Missouri, United States 13 June 1918
Lived in Alexandria, Louisiana, United States 1941
Enlisted Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States 13 January 1942

as an Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps

Died Bridge City, Texas, United States 25 December 1984
Buried Claybar Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Orange, Texas, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2015 08:34:04 ED-BB Changes to person associations
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Connections to crew members for whom new pages were created

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2015 15:02:55 ED-BB Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 11926
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
Personal research on plane and crew

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