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Dean F Anderson


Entered service December 1944. Shot down 14 February 1945. Returned to service at Ridgewell. Flew approximately 22 combat missions. Returned to US 4/25/45. Achieved rank of 1st Lt during WWII service. Served in AF Reserves, achieved rank of LtCol.



  • Richard Bland

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. Dean Anderson crew (#XIII). Failed to Return (FTR) Brux, Czechoslovakia in B-17 43-37657 'The Fox' Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 12424 Awards: PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Units served with

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-37657

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/5/44; Hunter 22/5/44; Dow Fd 4/6/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-I] Ridgewell 10/6/44; battle damaged Brux 14/2/45 with Anderson; 4POW 6RTD (inc p); Salvaged 4/3/45. THE FOX.

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...


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Date Contributor Update
05 November 2017 06:01:38 Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, place associations and aircraft associations

Edited info provided by son of D. F. Anderson.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:11 AAM AAM ingest

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia