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Elmer Samuel Anderson Jr.




  • Verl Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    See pilot for list of missions.

  • Andrew Jesinkowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Changed his name after the war to "Andrew W. Jason"

  • Harry Lewis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Nose Gunner/D.R. Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 14 missions in 1945 Retired as a Senior Master Sergeant from the USAF

  • Edward Mello

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group
    Eddie dropped out of high school to join the Navy but was turned down due to color vision issues so he next tried and succeeded in joining the Army Air Corps. Went to war at age 20 and flew 16 missions (See media for descriptions of the missions)....

  • Calvin Morton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • William Taylor

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

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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...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron



  • 869

    7 March 1945

  • 872

    8 March 1945
    Mission 872: 1,353 bombers and 326 fighters are dispatched to hit benzol plants, an oil plant and rail targets in Germany using PFF; NO AIRCRAFT ARE LOST AND THERE ARE NO CASUALTIES! ...

  • 881

    11 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

  • 892

    17 March 1945

  • 8th Air Force 911

    24 March 1945
    "8th AF Aided Paratroops ...

  • 8th Air Force 913

    25 March 1945

  • 8th Air Force 920

    31 March 1945

  • 8th Air Force 931

    7 April 1945
    1,200 Heavies Hit Reich After 1-Day Nazi Air Bid ...

  • 8th Air Force 935

    9 April 1945
    "Heavy bombers of the 8th Air Force once more struck at the source of German air power when over 1,250 Fortresses and Liberators, protected by approximately 750 fighters, hammered ten airfields in the vicinity of Munich, besides attacking an oil depot...

  • 8th Air Force 938

    10 April 1945

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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 Concord, NE 21 June 1917
Lived in San Jose, CA, USA 1942

5313 Greenside Drive

Enlisted Presidio, San Francisco, CA, USA 27 January 1942
466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 7 March 1945 – 18 April 1945
Mission Dillenburg, Germany 8 March 1945

Weather Cloudy. Chow at 0645. Briefing at 0730. The first plane we were assigned had a bad magneto on #3. Group takeoff was scheduled for 1000. We took off at 1020 with a replacement a/c. While forming up the Brits shot flak at us. It was cloudy and they couldn't see us, but we sure could see the flak bursts! Hit the enemy coast at 1245. Saw the vapor trail of a V-2 headed towards London. Bombed Dillenburg at 1445. Threw chaff for 20 minutes. We had flak after we passed the target. Landed at 1643. Flight time was 6 hours 0 minutes - Elmer S. Anderson

Mission Nordhorn, Germany 24 March 1945

Weather Clear. Awoke at 0400. Briefing at 0500. Took off at 0750. Hit Norhorn Airfield with 34 - 150 lbs. bombs. We could see the target was really plastered! Not much flak. Landed at 1208. Flight time was 4 hours, 18 minutes. From the air we saw the smoke screen laid by Montgomery across the Rhine. Saw a plane ditch in the Channel on the way back. We were alerted for the mission tomorrow.

Trolley Mission Cologne, Germany 12 May 1945

We flew a "trolley" mission. We flew low over Germany to see the damage. When we flew over Cologne we could see the Cologne Cathedral was one of the few buildings still standing

Buried Turlock, CA, USA 2007

Turlock Memorial Park
Turlock, Stanislaus County
California, USA
Plot: Lot 93-DD Block 34

Died El Dorado Hills, CA, USA 3 November 2007


Date Contributor Update
08 August 2020 00:08:32 466thHistorian Changes to service number and events

Cleaned up biography. Mapped birth city.

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2020 02:18:29 Marcia466BG Changes to middlename, nickname, service number and events

US Federal Census Records, Enlistment records, & Draft Cards-NARA: 466th Bomb Group records -NARA: obituary 2007 CA.

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2019 14:45:08 general ira snapsorter Changes to aircraft associations

Information taken from Edward Mello's Mission Book.

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 01:47:56 466thHistorian Changes to events

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 01:47:04 466thHistorian Changes to suffix, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

466th BG Historian
Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:55 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book 'Attlebridge Arsenal' by Wassom & Brassford, page 343