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Russell Alfred Anderson

Military

Russell Anderson was Co-Pilot of B-24H #41-28642 'Libby Raider', which crashed on landing after a practice mission on 2 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). He was also Co-Pilot of B-24H #42-52226, which fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944. The crew baled over the IJsselmeer, Noord-Holland Province, The Netherlands, with Anderson one of the three rescued, the seven others drowning. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • William Chappell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    William Chappell was Radio Operator/Gunner on board B-24H #42-52226 when it fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a return from a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944. The crew baled over the IJsselmeer, Holland, with three rescued...

  • Hubert Cripe

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Hubert Cripe was Pilot of B-24H #41-28642 'Libby Raider', which crashed on landing after a practice mission on 2 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). He was also Pilot of B-24H #42-52226, which fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a mission to...

  • Homer Dallacqua

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Homer Dallacqua was Navigator on B-24H #41-28642 'Libby Raider', which crashed on landing after a practice mission on 2 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). He was also Navigator on board B-24H #42-52226, which fell out of formation after fighter...

  • Maurice Dinneen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 453rd Bomb Group
    Maurice Dinneen was Bombardier on board B-24H #42-52226 when it fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a return from a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944. The crew baled over the IJsselmeer, Holland, with three rescued and seven...

  • Albert Edgett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Crashed on landing after a practice mission on 2 MarCH 1944 in B-24H #41-28642 'Libby Raider'. Returned To Duty (RTD). Albert Edgett was on board B-24H #42-52226 when it fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a return from a mission to...

  • Mack Garrett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Mack Garrett was Top Turret gunner on board B-24H #42-52226 when it fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a return from a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944. The crew baled over the IJsselmeer, Holland, with three rescued and...

  • Thomas Keefe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Thomas Keefe was Right Waist gunner on B-24H #41-28642 'Libby Raider', which crashed on landing after a practice mission on 2 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). He was on board B-24H #42-52226 when it fell out of formation after fighter attacks on...

  • Jason McGue

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    B-24H #42-52226 fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 and on the return the crew baled over the IJsselmeer, Holland. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Gerald Yoder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Gerald Yoder was Ball Turret gunner on B-24H #41-28642 'Libby Raider', which crashed on landing after a practice mission on 2 March 1944. Returned To Duty (RTD). He was on board B-24H #42-52226 when it fell out of formation after fighter attacks on...

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Units served with

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 734th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-28642 Hunilator

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-52226

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24H #42-52226 fell out of formation after fighter attacks on a return from a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 March 1944. The crew baled over the IJsselmeer, Holland, with three rescued and seven drowned. Pilot : Hubert R. Cripe (POW); Co-Pilot...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

Associated Place

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Minnesota 13 October 1921

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Lived in 1942

Hennepin County, Minnesota

Enlisted 27 April 1942

Minneapolis, Minnesota

bailed out 6 March 1944

of B-24H #42-52226, over Noord-Holland

Prisoned of War (POW) 6 March 1944 – 1945

rescued out of the water by Dutch fishermen together with Cripe and Dallacqua, but immediately arrested by German sea patrol boat. Interned at Stalag Luft 1, Barth, Germany. NARA WWII POW record : “Returned to Military Control 6 August 1945.”

Buried 1983

Russell Anderson rests at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Died 20 October 1983

Hennepin County, Minnesota

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2020 10:22:20 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, awards and events
Sources

MACR 2970
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records
WWII Draft Card
VA Gravesite Locator

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2020 14:48:29 ED-BB Changes to person associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 2970

Date Contributor Update
27 April 2020 14:33:02 ED-BB Changes to middlename
Sources

MACR 2970

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2970 / MACR 2970, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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