Samuel H Anderson

Military

Object Number - UPL 20589 - Official USAAF photo – B-61690 AC Original caption : “Crew of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “SKY WOLF“ pose beside the plane. 303rd Bomb...

17-Feb-42 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F #41-24579 [PU-F] at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth UK. He was despatched on 26 Operations - 25 credited. Served as a Lead Navigator on 23 of those missions. Completed a 25-Mission tour on 15-May-43.

Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

Major Clemens K. Wurzbach, of the 303rd Bomb Group, tries out a new gramophone record. Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 9 Apr 1943.' [stamp] and '257520.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'Trying out some new gramophone records at a British base Major Clements K. Wurzbach used to be at a ranch. His home is at Route No.4. Box 156, San Antonio, Texas, where his parents live. Now a pilot and cammander of his squadron he has been awarded the A
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O22562
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ooold Soljer
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Sky Wolf
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Beats Me
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Thumper
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Joe Btfsplk II
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 17 November 1942
  • Official Description: 35 HBs pound U-boat pens at Saint-Nazaire with 102 tons of bombs.
  • Date: 18 November 1942
  • Official Description: VIII BC conducts missions against 3 U-boat bases. 19 HBs attack at La Pallice, 13 at Lorient Keroman, and 19 at Saint-Nazaire.
  • Date: 23 November 1942
  • Official Description: 36 HBs hit Saint-Nazaire submarine base for the fifth time in 2 weeks. Cumulative effect of operation on the base is large though the sub shelter shows little permanent damage. HB crews report change in ftr tactics from rear to head-on attack as they...
  • Date: 6 December 1942
  • Official Description: 36 HBs attack Atelier d’Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille while a smaller group of aircraft bomb Abbeville/Drucat A/F.
  • Date: 20 December 1942
  • Official Description: 72 HBs attack air de pot at Romilly-sur-Seine in effective raid. 6 bmrs are lost to ftrs.

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Assigned to Aircraft

Boise, ID, USA 1942-02-17 Assigned as Navigator of B-17F 42-24579 "Thumper", 303BG.360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Other

Arrived in UK

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1942-10-16 Arrived at Molesworth, UK as the Navigator aboard B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper", 303BG/360BS.

Other

Mission #1, 2LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24579, 303BG/360BS - Aborted

Saint-Nazaire, France 1942-11-17 Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #2, 2LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24579, 303BG/360BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 1942-11-18 Served as Navigator of B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #3, 2LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24579, 303BG/360BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 1942-11-23 Served as Lead Navigator of B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #4, 2LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Lille, France 1942-12-06 Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Other

Promotion in Rank

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1943-01-01 Effective 1-Jan-43 promoted in rank to 1st Lieutenant.

Other

Mission #7, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS

Lille, France 1943-01-13 Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Five Locomotive Works at Lille, France.

Other

Mission #5, 2LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24562, 303BG/358BS

Romilly-sur-Seine, France 1942-12-20 Served as Lead Group Navigator on B-17F 41-24562 "Sky Wolf", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #6, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 1943-01-03 Served as Lead Group Navigator on B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar" 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #8, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/427BS

Lorient, France 1943-01-23 Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F #41-24610 "Joe BTFSPLK" 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #9, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Wilhelmshaven, Germany 1943-01-27 Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #10, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/427BS - Aborted

Hamm, Germany 1943-02-14 Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar" 303BG/427BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. Severe weather forced Wing Command to recall the entire 303G formation.

Other

Mission #11, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS - Aborted

Saint-Nazaire, France 1943-02-16 Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Sojer" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie.

Born

Other

Mission #12, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Rotterdam, Netherlands 1943-03-04 Served as an Observer on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Sojer" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #13, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Lorient, France 1943-03-06 Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Sojer" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #14, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS

Rennes, France 1943-03-08 Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rennes, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #15, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24619, 303BG/427BS

Bremen-Vegesack, Bremen, Germany 1943-03-18 Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24619 "S-for-Sugar" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat construction yards at Vegesack, Germany. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #16, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Wilhelmshaven, Germany 1943-03-22 Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Sojer" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #17, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Rouen, France 1943-03-28 Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Sojer" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #17, 1LT Samuel H. Anderson, w/B-17F 41-29570, 303BG/360BS

Rotterdam, Netherlands 1943-03-31 Served as Lead Group Navigator of B-17F 42-29570 "Big Time Operator II" 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Revisions

Date29 Feb 2020 02:44:44
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date29 Feb 2020 02:14:06
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a space and "#" in a event to aid clarity.

Date3 Mar 2016 22:17:35
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Added Mission #18 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date3 Mar 2016 22:14:14
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Added Mission #17 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date3 Mar 2016 22:12:03
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Added Mission #16 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/025.pdf

Date3 Mar 2016 22:08:41
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Added Mission #15 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/024.pdf

Date3 Mar 2016 22:03:30
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Added Mission #14 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 8-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/021.pdf

Date3 Mar 2016 22:00:08
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Added Mission #13 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/020.pdf

Date3 Mar 2016 21:57:05
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 3-May-2016. Added Mission #12 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/019.pdf

Date25 Feb 2016 18:11:54
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016. Added Mission #11 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 16-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/016.pdf

Date25 Feb 2016 18:08:17
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016. Added Mission #10 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 14-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/015.pdf

Date25 Feb 2016 17:36:07
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 25-Feb-2016. Made connections to missions of 14-Feb-43, 16-Feb-43 and 4-Mar-43 per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian. http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date21 Feb 2016 22:50:01
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 21-Feb-2016. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/012.pdf

Date21 Feb 2016 22:42:39
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 21-Feb-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date21 Feb 2016 22:38:24
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 21-Feb-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date21 Feb 2016 22:31:59
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 21-Feb-2016. Renumbered Mission #5 to #$7 and added new Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 20- Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date21 Feb 2016 22:25:15
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 21-Feb-2016. Made connections to all Units (BS), Aircraft and Missions (through 27-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian; John A Castle crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-castle.html. That crew page indicated that he flew a mission (303BG #6) on 12-Dec-42 BUT the Mission Report for that date does not indicate he flew that mission. May have been confuced with William Anderson of 358BG.

Date2 Feb 2016 19:56:09
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date2 Feb 2016 19:51:29
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Promotion event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, http://www.303rdbg.com

Date2 Feb 2016 19:49:17
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date2 Feb 2016 19:46:10
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date2 Feb 2016 19:44:03
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date2 Feb 2016 19:40:36
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 17-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date2 Feb 2016 19:33:29
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, John A. Castle crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-castle.html

Date2 Feb 2016 19:31:42
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added Assigend to AIrcraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, John A. Castle crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-castle.html

Date2 Feb 2016 19:29:48
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 2-Feb-2016. Added initial Assignment and arrival in UK info to Summary Biography as well as combat tour infor; made connections to Place, AIrcraft (through 23-Jan-43) and Missions (through 13-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, John A. Castle crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-castle.html

Date27 Sep 2014 18:24:59
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster

Samuel H Anderson: Gallery (8 items)