Samuel E Anderson


Object Number - UPL 36677 - General Samuel E Anderson, commander of 9th Air Force Bomber Command, October 1943- June 1945

Transferred to the European Theatre of Operations in May 1943, as administrative inspector of the 3rd Bomb Wing (Medium) - assumed command on 12 July 1943.

Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for leading the 3rd Bomb Wing on two combat operations over Europe on 16 July and 12 August 1943.

Designated commanding General of 9th Air Force Bomber Command in October 1943 and held this command until the end of the war. In this capacity he oversaw tactical bombing operations in support of the Normandy Invasion on 6 June 1944.

Anderson retired from the Air Force on 1 August 1963.


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Units served with

  • Unit Hierarchy: Command
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


 B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group fly in formation during a mission over Cherbourg on D-Day. Printed caption on reverse: 'Invasion Preparations. Scherschel Roll 2 No. 7. Marauders in the air on their way to bomb Cherbourg. Note special "D-Day" markings. Scherschel Pool Photo.' Censor no: 325194. On reverse: LIFE Magazine Photo By Frank J. Scherschel and SHAEF Field Press Censor [Stamps].
  • Date: 6 June 1944
  • Official Description: More than 800 A-20’s and B-26’s bomb coastal defence batteries, rail and road junctions and bridges, and Marshalling Yards in support of the invasion forces landing in Normandy. A total of about 30 airplanes Medium Bombers, (Fighters and transports)...


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Greensboro, North Carolina 6 January 1906


21 September 1982


Date17 Oct 2019 16:18:25
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Corrected spelling.

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Corrected last year of service (1963).

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