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Carl Dean Anderson


B-17G #42-31098 'Penny's Thunderhead' ran off the runway when the tire blew on landing on 26 Mar 1944. RTD.

On 13 April 1944, on a bombing mission to Schweinfurt he received a 20mm shell through his right leg. Despite his injury, Sergeant. Anderson refused to leave his radio. The leg was shattered so badly that it was later amputated at the 303rd station hospital. Sergeant Anderson was awaded the Silver Star for his part in that mission

Silver Star; Purple Heart, Air Medal w 2/Oak Leaf Cluster' EAME Ribbon, ETO Ribbon and 2 bronze stars



  • John Gray

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Shot down 30 May 1944 in B-17 #42-97440 'Flak Rat II', Prisoner of War (POW). POW

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb 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...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31098 Penny's Thunderhead

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Gt Falls 2/10/32; Scott 25/10/43; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-B] Deenethorpe 30/10/43; ...

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...


Event Location Date
Born Pike County Ohio 20 December 1916
Died 28 February 1984
Buried Bloomingburg, Fayette County, Ohio


Date Contributor Update
15 December 2016 11:45:37 Lucy May Changes to biography, person associations, place associations and media associations

Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / relative, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces