Russell Alfred Anderson

Military

Object Number - UPL 27641 - Drawing by 1st Lt Richard F. Lemanski Pilot 42 31574 Stalag Luft 1 Barth, Germany ( Please if you have any photos of Lt. Russel A. Anderson...

Russell Anderson was Co-Pilot of B-24H #41-28642 'Libby Raider', which crashed on landing after a practice mission on 2 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). He was also Co-Pilot of B-24H #42-52226, which fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944. The crew baled over the IJsselmeer, Noord-Holland Province, The Netherlands, with Anderson one of the three rescued, the seven others drowning. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 453rd Bomb Group 734th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18090466
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator / Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 453rd Bomb Group 734th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16061076 at enlistment, then O-746308
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 453rd Bomb Group 734th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16082294 at enlistment, then O-690377
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 453rd Bomb Group 734th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17054896 at enlistment, then O-688935
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 453rd Bomb Group 734th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37228561
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Hunilator
  • Unit: 405th Fighter Group 511th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 453rd Bomb Group 734th Bomb Squadron

Missions

Places

Prisoners of war, including Colonel Hubert Zemke of the 479th Fighter Group at Stalag Luft I.
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Minnesota 1921-10-13 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Hennepin County, Minnesota

Enlisted

1942-04-27 Minneapolis, Minnesota

Other

bailed out

1944-03-06 of B-24H #42-52226, over Noord-Holland

Other

Prisoned of War (POW)

1944-03-06 rescued out of the water by Dutch fishermen together with Cripe and Dallacqua, but immediately arrested by German sea patrol boat. Interned at Stalag Luft 1, Barth, Germany. NARA WWII POW record : “Returned to Military Control 6 August 1945.”

Died

1983-10-20 Hennepin County, Minnesota

Buried

Russell Anderson rests at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Revisions

Date28 Apr 2020 10:22:20
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 2970
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
WWII Draft Card
VA Gravesite Locator

Date27 Apr 2020 14:48:29
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 2970

Date27 Apr 2020 14:33:02
ContributorED-BB
Sources

MACR 2970

Date27 Sep 2014 18:24:45
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2970 / MACR 2970, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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