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Clarence Emil Anderson Jr


Clarence "Bud" Anderson enlisted shortly after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. He earned his pilots wing in September 1942 and joined the 357th Fighter Group a year later. In late 1943, Anderson and the 357th arrived in Europe, where they quickly transferred to the P-51 Mustang and began flying missions from February 1944. Anderson described feeling "more afraid of screwing up than of dying" on his first mission on 5 February 1944, but soon found his form, claiming his first victory less than a month later on 3 March 1944. He claimed a total of 16.25 kills, becoming a triple Ace and flew 116 Combat missions between November 1943 and January 1945.

Anderson stayed with the US Air Force following the War, and became a test pilot, flying 130 different types of aircraft over 7,500 hours. He commanded an F-86 Sabre Squadron in Post War Korea, an F-105 Thunderchief Wing on Okinawa and the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron in Southeast Asia. Anderson retired from the US Air Force in March 1972, and joined McDonnell Aircraft Company. He fully retired in 1984, and gives lectures on experience, he retains a pilots license and still flies P-51s.



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    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 357th Fighter Group
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    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
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  • Melvin Schueneman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Asst Crew chief | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Asst crew chief of Clarence E 'Bud' Anderson. S/Sgt Melvin Schueneman was returning from France in an AT-6, after repairing P-51D "Little Joe". Lt Walter Corby and "Schunny" were killed as their A/C flew into bad...

  • Edward Simpson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Simpson was on a fighter sweep mission when his element was jumped by a number of German fighters. In the running dogfight that ensued, his P-51D (41-13712 "Reluctant Rebel") collided with Lt. Don Feron in another P-51. Simpson bailed out and avoided...

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    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot 1056 twin engine | 55th Fighter Group
    Wingman 38th FS 55th FG. KIA on 4th mission Nov. 14, 1943 near Klein-Minnelag, Germany. P-38H #42-67059, MACR #1438. Best friend of Col Bud Anderson 357th FG ace.

  • Leon Zimmermann

    Military | Sergeant | Ground Personal/Armorer | 357th Fighter Group
    Leon Zimmermann served with the 357th Fighter Group as Major Clarence "Bud" Anderson's armorer for 'Old Crow'.

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Units served with


  • 43-12315 'Old Crow'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR). Crashed Sth of Spezat on the return from a bomber escort mission to Berlin on 22-Mar-44. Pilot Lt Carter Jones. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3401.

  • 43-6723 'Old Crow'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Brunswick, closed in a dive to 50yds of Bf109, which disintegrated, causing A/C to fly through the resulting debris. Last seen in dive through debris Pilot Lt Alfred R Boyle...

  • 44-14450 'Old Crow' 'Pretty Pix'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Clarence E Anderson Jr. Re-assigned to Lt James E Taylor.

  • 43-24823 'Old Crow' 'Berlin Express'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Clarence E Anderson. Re-assigned to Lt William B Overstreet. Re-assigned to Lt William H Fricker. Landing accident 30-May-45 - Lt. William S Davis.

Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...


Event Location Date
Born Oakland, CA, USA 13 January 1922
Lived in Newcastle, CA 95658, USA 1940
Assigned Leiston IP16, UK 27 February 1943 – November 1943

Assigned to 363FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Leiston IP16, UK 3 May 1944

Taxiing Accident Leiston/Sta 373 Cat 3 damage, pilot 1st Lt Clarence E Anderson Jr, 3-May-44.

P-51B7 43-6727 - 362FS 357FG 8AF

End Tour Duty (ETD) #1 13 July 1944

Ended 1st Tour Duty (ETD).

Transferred Leiston IP16, UK 9 November 1944 – 1 December 1944

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 357FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour Duty (ETD) #2 17 January 1945

Ended 2nd Tour Duty (ETD).

Crashed Eglin AFB, FL 32542, USA 31 March 1949

Landing Accident Eglin AFB, Florida Cat 3 damage, pilot Capt Clarence E Anderson Jr, 31-Mar-1949.

Q-14B 44-68786 - Testing

Crashed Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA 25 August 1949

Landing Accident due to Mechanical Failure Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio Cat 3 damage, pilot Capt Clarence E Anderson Jr, 25-Aug-49.

F-86A 48-295 - FTD

Crashed Hamilton, OH, USA 15 April 1951

Mechanical Failure 20 Miles Nth Hamilton, Ohio Cat 2 damage, pilot Capt Clarence E Anderson Jr, 15-Apr-51.

F-84E 49-2067 - FTD

Lived in Auburn, CA, USA 1984 – 2014

Bud currently lives in Auburn, CA with his wife.


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24 May 2022 08:29:27 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

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28 February 2019 14:34:46 ED-BB Changes to person associations

Connction with Otto Heino, crew chief of his planes

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28 February 2019 14:33:28 ED-BB Changes to middlename

Completed middle name

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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- Fighter Aces of the U. S. A., Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force and Aces and Wingmen II

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