Ace of the Day: Maj. Clarence E. Anderson, Jr., USAAF (Ret)

CLARENCE E. ANDERSON, JR.

Major, USAAF (Ret)

WWII :: Confirmed Kills- 16 ¾

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Bud Anderson

California native Clarence Emil “Bud” Anderson Jr., was born January 13, 1922, in Oakland. He attended Sacramento Junior College before joining the U.S. Army Air Forces on January 19, 1942. Following graduation from the Aviation Cadet program on September 29, 1942, Lieutenant Anderson was assigned to the 363rd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter Group. The Group was sent to England in November 1943 and equipped with the new P-51.

Anderson, by then a captain, participated in the 357th’s first combat on February 20, 1943. He scored his first victory 30 miles northwest of Hanover, on March 8. He shot down a FW-190 30 miles southeast of Orleans, France on April 30 and became an ace on May 8, downing another FW-190 near Soltau. Following a brief rest tour in the States, Captain Anderson returned to combat with the 363rd, downing two FW-190s on November 27. He scored his last a week later, credited with two more FW-190s on December 5.

“Bud” Anderson remained in the Air Force following the war and commanded an F-86 squadron during the Korean War. During the Vietnam War he commanded the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing. He retired from the Air Force on March 1, 1972, and subsequently went to work for McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft Corporation as manager of their flight test facility at Edwards AFB, California.

Decorations: Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with 4 OLCs, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 15 OLCs and the French Croix de Guerre with Silver Palm

 

Source: American Fighter Aces Album ©1996

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