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John Edward Anderson

Military

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Harry Ahlers crew.

Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

Service

People

  • Harry Ahlers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 21 x combat missions. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106992 Baby Lu, Grin 'N Bear It

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/1/44; Dalhart 4/2/44; Presque 23/3/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-D] Deenethorpe 16/4/44; force landed continent 19/4/45; Sal; Returned to the USA Bradley 11/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold...

  • 42-31891 The Shape

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-P] Deenethorpe 15/2/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 1/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-97664 'Aw Come On'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 21/1/44; Gr Island 6/2/44; Presque Is 21/3/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-F] Deenethorpe 17/4/44; 612BS [SC-X]; force landed continent 10/5/45; Salvaged 2 SAD. AW COME ON.

  • 43-37628 Heavenly Body

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/5/44; Hunter 18/5/44; Dow Fd 30/5/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-O] Deenethorpe 10/6/44; 612BS [SC-A]; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 43-37790 Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/5/44; Kearney 30/5/44; Grenier 17/6/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-J] Deenethorpe 10/7/44; battle damaged 28/3/45 with ?; crash landed Belgium, 9RTD; Salvaged. LADY LUCK.

  • 43-38541 Diabolical Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/8/44; Lincoln 24/8/44; Grenier 18/9/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-F] Deenethorpe 17/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in...

  • 43-38565 'Miss Gee Eyewanna Go Home'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/8/44; Lincoln 6/9/44; Dow Fd 21/9/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-X] Deenethorpe 5/10/44; take off accident with Fred Babcock 1/2/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 2/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 6/6/45; Reconstruction...

  • 43-38680 'Honey Pie' 'Dutches of Idaho'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/9/44; Hunter 28/9/44; Grenier 3/10/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-S] Deenethorpe 7/11/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 4/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA...

  • 43-38733 I'll Be Seeing You

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 13/9/44; Grenier 27/9/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-K] Deenethorpe 11/10/44; battle damaged on Operation Varsity 25/3/45 with ?; force landed at Halesworth, Sfk, UK. Salvaged. I'LL BE SEEING YOU.

  • 43-38810 Mrs Knobby

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 25/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-N] Deenethorpe 7/11/44; 612BS [SC-V]; force landed on continent 19/3/45, but eventually Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 10/6/45;...

Missions

  • 851

    27 February 1945

  • 857

    1 March 1945

  • 859

    2 March 1945

  • 861

    3 March 1945

  • 863

    4 March 1945

  • 872

    8 March 1945
    Mission 872: 1,353 bombers and 326 fighters are dispatched to hit benzol plants, an oil plant and rail targets in Germany using PFF; NO AIRCRAFT ARE LOST AND THERE ARE NO CASUALTIES! ...

  • 883

    12 March 1945
    Heavies Hit Near Rhine, Along Baltic ...

  • 886

    14 March 1945
    "1,250 Heavies Strike Tanks, Gun Factories Near Hanover" ...

  • 892

    17 March 1945

  • 894

    18 March 1945

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Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Corning, IA 9 January 1925

Son of Alfred and Gladys [Kellogg] Anderson.

Lived in Saline, MI 1942
Based Deenethorpe January 1945 – June 1945

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Ann Arbor, MI 10 January 2018
Buried Bethlehem Cemetery Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, MI 13 January 2018

Bethlehem Cemetery
Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 November 2021 21:59:40 acbernstein1 Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1383

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2021 15:26:56 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/661540771
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1383
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/138677344
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/216931978/john-e-anderson

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=1383

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