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Curtis Anderson Jr

Military

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.”'

Read more of this detailed article here: http://aircrashsites.co.uk/air-crash-sites-5/usaaf-b-24h-42-94841-sack-t...

Service

Units served with

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    Group
    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...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    Group
    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. ...

  • 837th Bomb Squadron
  • 857th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-94841 Sack Time

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 crashed on Twizle Head Moss, Yorkshire on 9 October 1944. Only one of the crew survived, all others perished including two passengers. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 1922
Lived in Alameda, CA, USA 1940
Enlisted San Francisco, CA, USA 9 August 1943
Wounded in Action (WIA) Holmfirth, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire HD9, UK 9 October 1944
Died 16 January 1988

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2016 11:19:39 Lucy May Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

Brought in information from duplicate records. Sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster supplied by Dave Arnett
/ 490th Bomb Group Unit Personnel / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

NARA Enlistment record: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=all&tf=...

http://aircrashsites.co.uk/air-crash-sites-5/usaaf-b-24h-42-94841-sack-t...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / book: ' I Come From California'

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