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Edward Wharton Anderson

Military

Assigned to HQ Sqn, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Commanding Officer, from 27 September 1942 to 20 August 1943.

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 65FW, 8AF USAAF. End Tour of Duty (ETD).

In July 1943 he returned to the United States and became chief of staff of the 1st Fighter Command at Mitchell Air Force Base, N.Y., and later as chief of staff of the 1st Air Force.

Awards: Legion Of Merit, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, French Legion of Honor, AM (2 OLC), Silver Star, Bronze Star, WWII Victory, EAME (6 stars), American Defense, American Campaign.

Post War: Remained in the USAF rising to Major General before his retirement in October 1958.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 65th Fighter Wing

    65th Fighter Wing

    Wing
    Browse 65th Fighter Wing photographs and other documents in the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library digital archive here: www.2ndair.org.uk/digitalarchive/Dashboard/Index/51

  • Headquarters (4th Fighter Group)

    Headquarters (4th Fighter Group)

    Headquarters
    The Headquarters Squadron was made up of true leaders. Most had flown Hurricanes, Spitfires, Thunderbolts and Mustangs. ...

  • Headquarters (65th Fighter Wing)

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Saffron Walden

    Military site : non-airfield
    Headquarters 65th Fighter Wing. Exact location unknown.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Manhattan, KA 23 September 1903

Son of John Byers and Josephine [Ferguson] Anderson.

Enlisted October 1928

Enlisted USAAC as flying cadet.

Baled Out Imperial, PA, USA 7 January 1934

Baled Out due to Stall or Spin Near Imperial, PA Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt Edward W Anderson, 7-Jan-34.

O-25A 30-175 ACTS

Lived in St. Petersburg, FL, USA 1940
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden CB11, UK 12 September 1942 – 22 August 1943

Assigned to HQ Sqn, 4FG, 8AF USAAF, Commanding Officer.

Promoted Saffron Walden, UK 22 August 1943

Promoted to Brigadier General.

Transferred Saffron Walden, UK 22 August 1943 – 2 September 1943

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 65FW, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 2 September 1943

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Retired United States 1 October 1958

Retired 1st October 1958.

Died 12 April 1979

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2018 14:17:53 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

AIR FORCE COMBAT UNITS OF WORLD WAR II - https://media.defense.gov/2010/Sep/21/2001330256/-1/-1/0/AFD-100921-044.pdf
"The Mighty Eighth", Roger Freeman.

Date Contributor Update
07 September 2016 15:14:11 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank Speer. (User: apollo11);
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2016 13:27:42 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/107837/m...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Anderson&GSfn=Edwa...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Anderson%2C+Edwar...

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2016 13:09:38 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and media associations
Sources

Merged with data from duplicate entry - https://www.americanairmuseum.com/person/54852
http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/107837/m...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Anderson&GSfn=Edwa...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:38 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45

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