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William R Anderson


'Bill' Anderson went into the Air Force Reserves, exiting Sept 1954 as 2nd Lt with pilot experience. Completed Bus. degree/MBA at USC. Worked as Palo Alto City Treasurer, followed by South San Francisco Finance Director. Never spoke of the war or service.
Refused to visit Europe after the war, only UK/Scotland. "No need, saw what I had to". His son relocated to The Netherlands and he would not travel to visit family. Yet he loved to fly....



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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 787th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Born Beaver Falls, PA 15010, USA 29 April 1923
Lived in Los Angeles County, CA, USA 1943
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 5 March 1943
Died Sacramento, CA, USA 17 December 2003
Buried Sacramento, CA, USA 21 December 2003

Mt. Vernon Memorial Park
Fair Oaks
Sacramento, CA



Date Contributor Update
19 November 2021 19:45:13 craiga1111 Changes to nickname, biography and events

Personal discussion with son, Craig Anderson.

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2021 19:37:51 craiga1111 Changes to biography and awards

Honorable Discharge papers, from endorsed USAAF Archives and wet-stamped in Wm R Anderson file cabinet

Date Contributor Update
30 May 2017 02:08:46 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
research by genealogist Marcia Melnyk