Rank and Name, Staff Sergeant Carl Jackson Anderson.
Unit/Placed in, 42nd Bomber Squadron, 11th Bomber Group (Heavy).
Carl is born approx. on Sept. 18, 1923 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Father, Samuel T. Anderson.
Mother, Dorothy A. (Tindell) Anderson.
Sister(s), Stella F. Luella and Louise Anderson.
Brother(s), John, William E. and Paul Anderson.
Carl enlisted the service in Tennessee with service number # 14161569.
Carl ‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a B-17 were,
2nd Lt. George R. Dechert Pilot
2nd Lt. Robert S. Baker Co Pilot
2nd Lt. William E. Barwick Navigator
2nd Lt. William G. Roy Bombardier
T/Sgt. Eugene L. Snodgrass Engineer
S/Sgt. Robert E. Lipe Asst. Engineer
T/Sgt. Ralph J. Walbeck Radio Operator
S/Sgt. David L. Buckles Asst. Radio Operator
S/Sgt. Carl J. Anderson Gunner
S/Sgt. Willie T. Little Gunner
Carl was KIA during the Bomb Run, he wasn’t seen no more on Jan. 12, 1943, he is honored with an Air Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
Carl is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii U.S.A.
Courts of the missing.
He also has a Memorial Grave at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery,
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA.
Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.
Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.
ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov
Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org
POW Info, http://www.mansell.com Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/ Geoffrey Roecker
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Philppine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
RE: Aircraft B-24D with serial number 42-72963 departed from APO #420 on a combat mission to the Marshall Islands
The last time I saw Lt. Dechert´s airplane, #42-72963, he followed me directly over the target in formation. We peeled off to make individual runs and to get a better view of the target. The conditions were semi-instrument so lost track of him. As we came back towards the target we saw Lt. dechert on his bombing run. That was the last time I saw him. We circled the target, made our run and peeled down into the clouds. We had seen no Zeros in the air until we were on our last run. As we cleared the target we were attacked by five Zeros. We saw no Zeros attacking Lt Dechert as he made his run. Static interference on the Command Frequency was strong enough to make reception practically impossible.