- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Pilot Officer
- 82nd Bombardment Squadron, 12th Bombardment Group, U.S. Army Air Forces
- Awarded on:
- November 8th, 1944
"For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight from 9 October 1942 to 15 July 1943 while on duty with the Ninth United States Army Air Force in the Middle East. Pilot Officer Anderson participated in forty-two combat missions against the enemy during the drive from El Alamein to Tunisia. His targets included desert airdromes, troop concentrations, tanks, motor transport, harbours and roads. Following the expulsion of the enemy from North Africa, he operated over the islands of Pantelleria, Lampedusa and Sicily. On one occasion, during a raid over the island of Crete, the aircraft in which Pilot Officer Anderson was acting as radio operator was forced down into the sea. Remaining calm in the face of danger, he transmitted distress signals up to the last possible moment, thereby enabling the crew to be rescued within twenty-five hours. Through his ability, courage and unswerving devotion to duty, Pilot Officer Anderson not only contributed immeasurably to the cause of the United Nations but also reflected great credit on himself and the Royal Canadian Air Force."