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Charles F Anderson

Military

Charles Anderson was from Gary, Indiana.
He joined the 4th Fighter Group, 335th Fighter Squadron on 11 August 1943. He flew P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs, shooting down a mixed bag of Luftwaffe aircraft. He shot down Me-109s and Fw-190s, plus a Do-217 to make 10 aerial victories, and destroyed five different types of aircraft on the ground for a total of 15.
His P-47 was named "Hell's Belle", and his P-51 was called "Paul". his first victory was scored on 30 January 1944 when, on an abortive bomber escort mission, the group was bounced by the Luftwaffe. Charles was the only one to score and he also damaged a second. On 29 March he destroyed 2 1/2 Fw-190s to become an "Ace". On 12 April he became a "Double-Ace" with the destruction of two Me-109s. Unfortunately Charles' luck ran out, as he was killed in action one week later on a Ramrod mission to Eschwede, shot down by enemy fighter Hoher-Meissner, Germany.
He was awarded the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with 15 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the French Croix de Guerre.

Service

Units served with

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

Aircraft

  • 43-7181 'Paul'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) on Ramrod to Eschwede, Shot down by enemy fighter Hoher-Meissner, Germany. Pilot Lt Charles Anderson Killed in Action KIA. 19-Apr-44. MACR 4129.

  • 42-74726 "Hell's Belle"

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 335FS, 5FG, 8AF USAAF. One time personal aircraft of 2nd Lt Charles F Anderson. Anderson claimed a Bf 109 destroyed and a second damaged while flying this aircraft on 30 January 1944. Transferred to 509FS 405FG 9AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Crab Orchard, KY 40419, USA 31 March 1919
Lived in Gary, Indiana, USA 1940
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 11 August 1943 – 19 April 1944

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 22 December 1943

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK April 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Died Hoher Meissner, 37235 Hessisch Lichtenau, Germany 19 April 1944

Killed In Action in P-51B Mustang 43-7181.

Buried Lake County, IN, USA 1945

Calumet Park Cemetery
Merrillville
Lake County
Indiana, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2016 07:03:37 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=4129
https://www.fold3.com/image/28646912
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=ANDERSON&GSfn=Char...

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 11:02:32 apollo11 Changes to highest rank and role
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2015 21:34:42 apollo11 Changes to biography and events
Sources

Personal research & 4th Fighter Group 'Debden Eagles' by Chris Bucholtz.

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2015 15:07:54 apollo11 Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'Eighty-One Aces of the 4th fighter Group' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4129 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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