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Ancil Lorin Anderson


Assigned to 605BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 31-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107092 'Umbriago' Interned (INT)

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Jay Ossiander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 31-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107092 'Umbriago'. Interned (INT) Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Angelo Virgona

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 401st Bomb Group
    Completed 35 missions. Angelo passed away on 28-Nov-19 at the age of 98. He was very proud of his service and went to the Mighty Eighth Museum in GA several times. It wasn't until after he passed and going through his effects that we learned that he...

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-102468 'Farmer's Daughter'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/3/44; Hunter 7/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-C] Deenethorpe 3/5/44; 614BS [IW-S]; 106m, Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

  • 42-107092 'Freckles', 'Umbriago'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 17/2/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 6/3/44; Assigned 710BS/447BG Rattlesden 13/3/44; transferred 615BS/401BG [IY-E] Deenethorpe 23/3/44 FRECKLES!; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Jay Ossiander, Co-pilot: Roy Cooper, Navigator:...

  • 42-39993 'Hells Angels Out Of Chute 13', 'Grossly Inadequate'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 26/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-C] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; 118m landing accident at base with Jim Nolan 7/5/45; sal 2 SAD Watton, Nfk 8/5/45. HELL’S ANGELS OUT OF CHUTE 13 aka GROSSLY INADEQUATE. ...

  • 42-97478 Shade Ruff #2

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Wendover 12/12/43; Nutts Corner, Belfast, N. I. 20/1/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG Glatton 9/1/44; 749BS; transferred 614BS/401BG [IW-Q] Deenethorpe 11/3/44. ...

  • 42-97872 Rosie's Sweat Box

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 22/3/44; Hunter 16/5/44; Dow Fd 25/5/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-A] Deenethorpe 1/6/44; crashed on take off Dutch flak inst. 17/9/44 with Francis Cooke, Co-pilot: Paul Clark, Navigator: Chas Werner, Bombardier: Frank Jorgensen, Flight...

  • 42-97953

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/4/44; Cheyenne 1/5/44; Hunter 14/5/44; Dow Fd 26/5/44; Assigned 385BG Gt Ashfield 30/5/44; transferred 615BS/401BG [IY-N] Deenethorpe 5/6/44; Missing in Action Munich 13/7/44 with Walter Otton, Co-pilot: Bill Ballenger, Navigator:...

  • 43-37632

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/5/44; Hunter 21/5/44; Dow Fd 4/6/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-L] Deenethorpe 10/6/44; Missing in Action Munster 30/9/44 with Otto Nagel, Co-pilot: Martin Holland, Navigator: Bernie Hodowski, Bombardier: Walt Wilchik, Flight...


  • 460

    8 July 1944

  • 466

    11 July 1944
    More than 1000 planes bombed Munich. Flak cut our control cables to elevators and rudder. Flew back by wing trim tabs. Shippy spliced cables before landing. Nine hour ride. Flak hit Sgt Rollinger's oxygen mask and injured his nose and eyes.

  • 469

    12 July 1944
    Picked up a few flak holes. Overcast weather all the way. Another long ride. This makes 17 completed Missions.

  • 471

    13 July 1944

  • 484

    20 July 1944
    A rough one. Bombed an oil refinery near Leipzeig. Flak put several holes in the plane; ine in number 3 gas tank. Came back on 3 engines.

  • 486

    21 July 1944

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 494

    25 July 1944

  • 501

    28 July 1944

  • 503

    29 July 1944

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Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...


Event Location Date
Born Minneapolis, MN 19 August 1924

Son of O. Alfred and Florence Anderson.

Based Deenethorpe 1944 – 31 July 1944

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Interned (INT) Switzerland 31 July 1944 – 1944

Damaged by flak and landed in Switzerland on 31-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107092 'Umbriago' Interned (INT)

Died 8 May 2016
Buried Fort Snelling National Cemetery 11 May 2016

Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota


Date Contributor Update
26 March 2022 18:48:26 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2021 02:13:31 acbernstein1 Changes to place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
12 December 2019 23:57:52 Bill Buskey Changes to media associations

Jay Ossiander's Crew Photograph

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:39 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7825 / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000 MACR 7825, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database