Clarence Emil Anderson

Military
Captain Clarence E. Jr. "Bud" Anderson, ace of the 357th Fighter Group, sits on the wing of his P-51 Mustang (B6-S, serial number 43-12315) nicknamed "Old Crow". Image signed on reverse by Anderson. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Major C E Anderson ace 357 FG. A/c name 'Old Crow'.

Object Number - FRE 498 - Captain Clarence E. Jr. "Bud" Anderson, ace of the 357th Fighter Group, sits on the wing of his P-51 Mustang (B6-S, serial number 44-14450) nicknamed...

Clarence "Bud" Anderson enlisted shortly after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. He earned his pilots wing in September 1942 and joined the 357th Fighter Group a year later. In late 1943, Anderson and the 357th arrived in Europe, where they quickly transferred to the P-51 Mustang and began flying missions from February 1944. Anderson described feeling "more afraid of screwing up than of dying" on his first mission on 5 February 1944, but soon found his form, claiming his first victory less than a month later on 3 March 1944. He claimed a total of 16.25 kills, becoming a triple Ace and flew 116 Combat missions between November 1943 and January 1945.

Anderson stayed with the US Air Force following the War, and became a test pilot, flying 130 different types of aircraft over 7,500 hours. He commanded an F-86 Sabre Squadron in Post War Korea, an F-105 Thunderchief Wing on Okinawa and the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron in Southeast Asia. Anderson retired from the US Air Force in March 1972, and joined McDonnell Aircraft Company. He fully retired in 1984, and gives lectures on experience, he retains a pilots license and still flies P-51s.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 363rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17064844 / O-740361
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 357th Fighter Group 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 363rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 31109402
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: "Gunner" / Ground crew chief / Flight chief
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 364th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-822187
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 363rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36500585
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Asst Crew chief
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 363rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-745529
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Old Crow
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 363rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Old Crow Berlin Express
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 363rd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Old Crow
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 363rd Fighter Squadron
Captain Clarence E. Jr. "Bud" Anderson, ace of the 357th Fighter Group, sits on the wing of his P-51 Mustang (B6-S, serial number 43-12315) nicknamed "Old Crow". Image signed on reverse by Anderson. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Major C E Anderson ace 357 FG. A/c name 'Old Crow'.
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Old Crow Pretty Pix
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 363rd Fighter Squadron

Places

Aerial photograph of Leiston airfield looking south, the control tower and technical site are to the right, 16 October 1945. Photograph taken by No. 541 Squadron, sortie number RAF/106G/UK/929. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Theberton/Saxmundham

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Oakland, CA, USA 1922-01-13
Auburn, CA, USA Bud currently lives in Auburn, CA with his wife.

Other

Assigned

Leiston IP16, UK 1943-02-27 Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Other

Transferred

Leiston IP16, UK 1944-11-09 - 1944-12-01 Transferred to HQ Sqn, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Other

End Tour Duty (ETD) #1

1944-07-13 Ended 1st Tour Duty (ETD).

Other

End Tour Duty (ETD) #2

1945-01-17 Ended 2nd Tour Duty (ETD).
Newcastle, CA 95658, USA

Other

Crashed

Leiston IP16, UK 1944-05-03 Taxiing Accident Leiston/Sta 373 Cat 3 damage, pilot 1st Lt Clarence E Anderson Jr, 3-May-44. P-51B7 43-6727 - 362FS 357FG 8AF

Other

Crashed

Eglin AFB, FL 32542, USA 1949-03-31 Landing Accident Eglin AFB, Florida Cat 3 damage, pilot Capt Clarence E Anderson Jr, 31-Mar-1949. Q-14B 44-68786 - Testing

Other

Crashed

Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA 1949-08-25 Landing Accident due to Mechanical Failure Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio Cat 3 damage, pilot Capt Clarence E Anderson Jr, 25-Aug-49. F-86A 48-295 - FTD

Other

Crashed

Hamilton, OH, USA 1951-04-15 Mechanical Failure 20 Miles Nth Hamilton, Ohio Cat 2 damage, pilot Capt Clarence E Anderson Jr, 15-Apr-51. F-84E 49-2067 - FTD

Revisions

Date28 Feb 2019 14:34:46
ContributorED-BB
Sources

Connction with Otto Heino, crew chief of his planes

Date28 Feb 2019 14:33:28
ContributorED-BB
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Completed middle name

Date9 Sep 2017 07:10:20
Contributorfugari
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JCook Archives

Date7 Sep 2016 15:00:33
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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Fighter Aces of the U. S. A., Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force and Aces and Wingmen II

Date2 Apr 2015 01:18:36
Contributor466thHistorian
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466th BG Historian

Date7 Oct 2014 16:03:01
ContributorEmily
Sources

Freeman, The Mighty Eighth, p. 279

http://www.cebudanderson.com/

Date27 Sep 2014 18:06:15
ContributorAAM
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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