Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Andersons in:
 • Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
 • Louisville
 • Jefferson County
 • Kentucky
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial! Advertisement
2LT Webster S Anderson, Jr
Learn about sponsoring this memorial...
Birth: Jul. 15, 1922
Springfield
Greene County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jul. 16, 1944, Austria

B-24G Liberator # 42-78071.

2Lt. Webster S. Anderson, Jr., Bombardier, KIA.

2Lt. Jesse Ambrose Wyatt, Pilot, KIA.
2Lt. George W. Fleenor, Co-Pilot, KIA.
2Lt. Roy R. Leader, Jr., Navigator, KIA.
2Lt. Webster S. Anderson, Jr., Bombardier, KIA.
TSgt. Frank W. Long, Flight Engineer, KIA.
Sgt. Charles C. Doucette, KIA
Sgt. Henry G. Elliot, KIA.
Avn Cadet, Samuel Landau, KIA.
Aldo N. Lenarduzzi, Radio Operator, POW.
Nazy Dalena, POW.


Lt. Webster Anderson Is Reported Missing

Lt. Webster S. Anderson, Jr., 22 a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator bomber based in southern Italy, has been missing in action over Austria since July 16, according to word from the War department received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Webster Anderson, Sr., 2114 North Missouri. Lieutenant Anderson had been overseas about a month. The family's last letter from him was cheerful and expressed satisfaction with arrangements, remarking that he was at a splended base. When Lieutenant Anderson completed flexible gunner school at Lardedo, Texas, he graduated as valedictorian of his class. After further training at Midland, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah, he was sent to Davis-Monthan Field, Ariz., for overseas training. His birthday, June 15, coming up while he was there, his parents made arrangements for a hotel at Tucson to provide a birthday dinner for Webster and the officer members of his crew, with a birthday cake, fried chicken, flowers and music. At midnight all the boys called the Andersons to express their thanks and announce that they were on the alert. They left the next day for Topeka, Kan., and a week later went overseas. (Springfield Leader-Press, Springfield, MO, Sunday Morning, July 30, 1944)


Lost in Austria

Webster Anderson, Jr., 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Webster Anderson, 2114 North Missouri, is still missing three months since he was first reported missing. Lieutenant Anderson was a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator bomber based in England, which was part of a formation headed for Weiner-Neustadt, 50 miles south of Vienna, Austria. Over Berlin the formation was flying at 23,000 feet when Lieutenant Anderson's plane began to lose altitude rapidly, apparently because its oxygen tank was shot out, and dropped to 18,000 feet, its engines purring smoothly. In an effort to get out of the way of the other ships, its pilot headed back to their base when three German fighter planes jumped it and chased it into a cloud bank. The fighters did not enter the cloud but hovered over it. That was the last the boys in the formation saw of the ship. However, since then two of the crew members have been reported prisoners, Nazy Dalena, Fresno, Cal., ball turret gunner, and Aldo Leonardduzzi, Milwaukee, radio operator, are both prisoners of the Germans. (Springfield Leader-Press, Springfield, MO, Tuesday Evening, October 17, 1944) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Webster S. Anderson (1898 - 1976)
  Venus Wood Anderson (1899 - 1959)
 
Inscription:
2LT, US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II

Inscription based on memorial photo:
WEBSTER S ANDERSON JR 2D LT
CHARLES C DOUCETTE SGT
HENRY G ELLIOT SGT
GEORGE W FLEENOR 2D LT
SAMUEL LANDAU AVN CADET
ROY R LEADER JR 2D LT
FRANK W LONG TSGT
JESSE A WYATT 2D LT
AIR CORPS
JULY 16, 1944
 
Burial:
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: I, 39-40
 
Maintained by: mokennehan
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3295430
2LT Webster S Anderson, Jr
Added by: Owen Michael McKinney
 
2LT Webster S Anderson, Jr
Cemetery Photo
Added by: Alan Brownsten
 
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- Wayne Cappen
 Added: Dec. 2, 2012

- mokennehan
 Added: Jul. 26, 2012

- Dorothy Heath Miller
 Added: Feb. 7, 2010
 
 
 Advertisement

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service