Major "Bud" Anderson and his crew chief Leon Zimmermann in front of their P-51. Official caption on back: 'EUROPE-North American P-51 Mustang pilot Major Clarence E. Anderson, Jr., of the 357th Fighter Group, congratulates his crew chief, Sgt Leon E. Zimmermann for his part in the team work that has made possible Anderson’s amazing total of 480 operational hours-116 consecutive missions-without once returning to base before "mission completed". Major Anderson has shot down 18 ½ Nazi planes.'
The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...
Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine
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...
Military | Sergeant | Ground Personal/Armorer
Leon Zimmermann served with the 357th Fighter Group as Major Clarence "Bud" Anderson's armorer for 'Old Crow'.