Curtis Anderson served as a gunner with the 490th Bomb Group. He was later transferred to the 801st/492nd Bomb Group. Anderson was severely burnt when his aircraft B-24 42-94841 crashed into a mountainside in England.
Excerpt from article on aircrashsites.co.uk:
'Survivor Staff Sgt Curtis Anderson recalled looking out of the window and seeing wisps of cloud. He plugged in his intercom having just returned from the flight deck, looked out again and saw grass… At that point, everything went black.'
'He awoke on the moor, surrounded by fire lighting up the gloom. Using wet peat he was able to douse the flames on himself. Looking down at the burning fuel running in rivulets in the black peat, and at the burning wreckage and his dead pals, with munitions exploding all around, he said “It looked as though I was in hell.”'
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Units served with
The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...
The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944.
B-24 crashed on Twizle Head Moss, Yorkshire on 9 October 1944. Only one of the crew survived, all others perished including two passengers.
||Alameda, CA, USA
||San Francisco, CA, USA
||9 August 1943
|Wounded in Action (WIA)
||Holmfirth, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire HD9, UK
||9 October 1944
||16 January 1988