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Sparling B Anderson Jr.


Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17 41-24452 while serving as Bombardier. Prisoner of War (POW).



  • Robert English

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Shot down 20 December 1942 in B-17F 41-24452 while serving as Pilot. Killed in Action (KIA). Primary target was the German air depot at Romilly Sur Seine, France. Shot down by Mayer (18 kills) IIIJG 2 near Rouen, France.

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24452

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24452 was assigned to 91BG/401BS at Bangor 29-Aug-42; Bassingbourn 1-Oct-42. Despatched on 20-Dec-42 to bomb the German air depot at Romilly, France. Enemy aircraft KO’d tailplane and the aircraft crashed near Rouen, France. 3KIA 7POW MACR...


  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 20 December 1942 – 8 June 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) later moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control 8-Jun-45.


Date Contributor Update
03 January 2020 19:49:06 jmoore43 Changes to person associations

Added a connection to the A/C pilot, Lt Robert S. English.

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 11:08:50 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography

Combined two entries into a single entry. This record now includes information from the following source: MACR 16243 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database.

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2014 19:41:19 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography

Lee Cunningham 4-Dec-2014. Added crew position to biography per MACR 16243.

Date Contributor Update
03 December 2014 22:12:05 Lee8thbuff Changes to middlename, firstname, suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 3-Dec-2014. Corrected spelling of first name from SPAULDING to SPARLING, added Middle initial and Jr. suffix, Added POW event. All additions and corrections confirmed from National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:14 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16243