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Martin A Anderson

Military

T/Sgt Martin A. Anderson flew 34 missions, from 02/05/1944, mission #21, to 03/31/1945, mission #240. He served as a Radio Operator. He survived until the end of the war. Flew aircrafts 42-31521 'Badland Bat'

DFC

Service

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...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107113 'Miss Aldaflak' 'Section 8'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 24/2/44; Gr Island 7/3/44; Grenier 5/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-J] Deenethorpe 2/5/44; 612BS [SC-O]; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-30855 "Ol' Massa"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/8/43; Gr Isle 3/9/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-N] Deenethorpe 3/1/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Dana Lenkelt, Co-pilot: Wendell Johnson, Bombardier: Harry Dershimer, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jesse Pack, Radio...

  • 42-31069 'LITTLE MOE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-K] Deenethorpe 11/11/43; Missing in Action Kassel 28/9/44 with Ed Aves, Co-pilot: Clayton Crunk, Navigator: Ralph Mezydlo, Bombardier: John MacDougall, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31521 'BADLAND BAT'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/11/43; Gt Falls 25/11/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Romulus 9/1/44; Presque Is 13/1/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-M] Deenethorpe 1/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with Capt George Gould, Co-pilot: Frank Linc, Navigator: Bob Lotz,...

  • 42-39873 'Stormy Weather'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/9/43; Harvard 8/10/43; Scott 22/10/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-Q] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; Missing in Action Orleans 1/8/44 with Gerald Melofchick, Co-pilot: Jim Pratt, Navigator: Dick Tyson, Bombardier: Hughlon Grisham, Flight...

  • 42-97636

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 13/1/44; 1SAG Langley 4/2/44; Presque Is 13/3/44; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-P] Bassingbourn 27/4/44; transferred 351BG [ -L] Polebrook 14/6/44; 615BS/401BG [IY-H] Deenethorpe 26/8/44; in base landing accident with Paul Campbell 18/2/45;...

  • 43-38077 'Tagalong', 'Duke's Mixture'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 22/6/44; Hunter 14/7/44; Grenier 24/7/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-Q] Deenethorpe 5/8/44 DUKE'S MIXTURE; 614BS [IW-H]; Returned to the USA Bradley 6//6/45; 4169 BU Sth Plains 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...

  • 44-8155

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 26/6/44; Langley 27/7/44; Dow Fd 23/8/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-Z] Kimbolton 16/9/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 31/5/46.

  • 44-8449

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 19/9/44; Hunter 15/10/44; Dow Fd 25/10/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-F] Deenethorpe 10/11/44; 613BS [IN-P]; transferred 305BG Chelveston 19/4/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 23/5/46.

  • 44-8648 Margie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/11/44; Hunter 9/12/44; Dow Fd 22/12/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-N] Deenethorpe 21/5/45; 613BS [IN-M]; transferred 305BG Chelveston 20/5/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 18/4/46.

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 210

    5 February 1944
    German airfield in France are the targets for this mission. All three Bomb Divisions despatch aircraft. The combined bomber gunner's claims of all three Bomb Divisions were 5-0-5 (displayed with Chateauroux element of 1BD). Summary as follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 218

    11 February 1944
    This mission is composed of two separate elements. 3rd Bomb Division stands down having sustained massive losses of 29 aircraft on the previous day. ...

  • 8th Air Force 226 BIG WEEK - DAY 1

    20 February 1944
    This mission is the opening salvo of the Allied Combined Bomber Offensive known officially as "Operation Argument" but remembered in 8th Air Force History as "BIG WEEK". The immediate strategic objective of this six-day operation is the degradation of...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

  • 8th Air Force 230 BIG WEEK - DAY 3

    22 February 1944
    The German aircraft industry is again targeted in Day 3 of BIG WEEK. A combined total od 789 bombers (maximum effort) are dispatched from 1st 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. Fighter opposition is heavy and bomber losses in 1st Air Division are massive - 39...

  • 8th Air Force 244

    2 March 1944
    The primary targets for this mission are: the railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany; and the German air depot ar Chartres, France. The mission is composed of two entierly separate forces. 327 B-17s from 1st Air Division joined by 154 B-24s...

  • 8th Air Force 247

    4 March 1944
    The industrial areas in the suburbs of Berlin, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. All three Air Divisions despatch formations. However, the despatch from 2nd Air Division aborted the mission because of severe weather in the assembly area...

  • 8th Air Force 252

    8 March 1944
    The VKF ballbearing factory at Berlin/Erkner is the primary target for 623 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. Fighter opposition and anti-aircraft fire are intense. There are so many formation attacking that some divert to other...

  • 8th Air Force 266

    19 March 1944
    V-Weapon sites in France are the targets for this mission. A combined force of 193 B-17s of 1st and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

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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 Byron, Michigan
Buried Byron, Michigan

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 December 2021 23:01:06 acbernstein1 Changes to unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=0873

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:42 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=873

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