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Anderson, William Brodie

Date of birth:
1914 (Winnipeg/Manitoba, Canada)
Date of death:
June 8th, 1944
Buried on:
Brookwood Military Cemetery
Plot: 49. Row: G. Grave: 9.
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)


Service number J8924.

On 7/8 June 1944 Anderson was severely wounded during a raid on Acheres. He ordered crew to bale out and the navigator, bomb aimer and wireless operator did so over the continent. The aircraft was flown back to England by the RAF flight engineer. Near Benson, the remaining crewmen assisted Anderson into parachute and got him out; parachute seen to open. The flight engineer and two gunners baled out safely, but Anderson died before being located. The Halifax crashed one half miles north of Benson airfield.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Acting Squadron Leader
No. 429 (Bison) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Awarded on:
July 7th, 1944
"This officer has taken part in many attacks on targets in Germany and has invariably displayed a high degree of skill and gallantry. On a recent occasion when returning from an operation against Karlsruhe, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Squadron Leader Anderson was injured about the eyes by flying splinters. Although temporarily blinded he piloted the aircraft clear of the target area. Later the second pilot took over the controls, but Squadron Leader Anderson fully maintained his duties as captain throughout the remainder of the homeward flight. This officer is a most efficient flight commander whose leadership and devotion to duty have set a fine example."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)