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Wayne H Anacker



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  • 404th Fighter Group

    404th Fighter Group

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  • 508th Fighter Squadron

    508th Fighter Squadron

    "During one of the many breaks in operations caused by weather, Lieut. Col. Cowart of the 555th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion introduced to pilots of the [404th FB] Group a radar set known as the SCR-584 (Signal Corps Radio). It had the ability to...

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Born Milwaukee, Wisconsin 27 September 1921
Enlisted Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2 April 1942
Combat Mission Krefeld, Germany 5 December 1944

But the big moment of the day came on the early 508th mission, a strike against the enemy airdrome at Krefeld, ten miles northwest of Dusseldorf and five miles west of the Rhine.

The squadron leader, Wayne Anacker, had seven to ten-tenths cloud cover to contend with, but after circling observed the airdrome through a small hole in the clouds. On it were at least 12 twin-engine single-fin aircraft, probably Ju-88's.

Anacker started down immediately, fearful of losing sight of the field, and called the squadron to follow quickly. Picking up speed, he opened fire with his machine guns from 8,000 feet and continued on down to 4,000 feet, where he released his bombs. The squadron followed his lead, ran into intense light flak, and almost immediately pulled into the clouds.

Only Frank Webner, Anacker's wingman, got a good look at what happened to the target. He saw Anacker's bullets spattering all over three parked planes, and saw his own tracers hitting two others. He didn't stay down long enough to watch the bombs go off as German 20 and 37 mm stuff streamed up in his face, but the squadron on the basis of his observation put in a claim of five Ju-88's probably destroyed.

Combat Mission Junkerath, Germany 1 January 1945

Capt. Wayne H. Anacker had the honor of leading the 508th Squadron on the Group's first mission in 1945, taking off at 0852 to smash the marshalling yard and a concentration of goods wagons at Junkerath

Combat Mission Schleiden, Germany 21 January 1945

Capt. Anacker led the 508th a bit further north to knock out 24 freight cars, and destroy or damage 17 vehicles, an armored vehicle, two tanks and three guns in the Schleiden area.

Died Denver, Colorado 17 June 2004
Buried Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado 21 June 2004

Fort Logan National Cemetery
Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Section 26c Site 335


Date Contributor Update
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