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S/SGT  Ralph C. ANDERSON

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: TG
SERIAL #: 19122574 STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: TG ON LT AKERS CREW

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1st Lt  Robert T.Akers                 P  FEH
 F/O    Earl G.Kluender             CP  FEH
 1st Lt  Daniel F.McGrath        NAV  FEH
T/Sgt  Thomas H. Baker         TTE  FEH 
T/Sgt  Robert C. Anderson    ROG   FEH
 S/Sgt  Ralph C.Anderson      TG     FEH
 S/Sgt Charles L.Elliott          BTG    FEH
 S/Sgt Charles L.Penn           WG    FEH
S/Sgt  Frank Rouch,Jr.         TOG   FEH

349tn Sqdn.  Crew,as above,Joined 100th Gp on 9/1/45. Letter from Robert T. Akers of 8/2/82 says, "Our crew remained intact for the remainder of the war flying 25 missions from early Jan.1945 till the end of hostilities; plus food drop missions over Holland immediately following VE day."Akers continues . ."Only two of our crew were married prior to going overseas.Earl Kluender the CP and Thomas Baker ,the Eng.  who incidently was the eldest of the crew were married at the Chapel in Alexander, La. during our crew training. Next oldest was Dan McGrath, Nav.  who was a 1st Lt. when he joined the crew,having graduated from Nav. school and been an Instructor Navigator for quite a period of time. The rest of us were youngsters of 20 or less. Probably too young and dumb to be frightened of the war event~ whizzing around our ears and eyes."


Missions of The Aker Crew
1945
Number Date  Target           Flt Time A/C#
1   1/28/45  Kassel/Bielfeld        6:35  534
2.    2/6/45  Chemnitz              6:00  
3.    2/9/45  Weimer                7:10  513S
4.   2/1545  Cottbus                9:00  638W
5.  2/23/45 Treuchtlingen        8:35  503A
6.  2/24/45  Bremen                7:00  334B
7.  2/26/45  Berlin                   8:25  681
8.    3/2/45  Dreseden            9:15  602P
9.    3/8/45  Langendreer        7:00  972F
10.  3/9/45  Frankfurt-on-Main  7:15  972F
11.  3/10/45 Dortmund           7:00  811D
12.  3/12/45 Swinemunde       8:20  514J
13.  3/14/45 Hanover              6:15  514J
14.  3/15/45 Oranienburg         7:00  514J
15.  3/18/45 Berlin                  7:30  841H
16.  3/23/45 Unna                  6;20  015N
17.  3/24/45 Steenwijk            5:00  015N
19.  3/24/45 Zuegenheim         6:10  015N
20.  3/31/45 Zietz                   8:00  015N
21.  4/6/45  Leipzig                 8:05  015N
22.  4/7/45  Buchen ***          7:15  015N
22.  4/8/45  Eger                    8:25  015N
23.  4/9/45  Munich                 8:10  
24.  4/10/45 Burg-bel-Magdeburg  7:15  015N
25.  4/11/45 Ingolstadt ****   8;15  015N

  5/1/45  Holland (Food Drop)    015N

Note;
***= Date of the accident involving 514J
****= 100th Bomb Group's 300th missionSgt. Henes, Sgt. Andreatta & Pfc. Harrison from TD Tooting to duty.


Subj: TAPS Report  
Date: 8/28/2004 4:35:44 PM Pacific Daylight Time 
From: rdakers3@astound.net 
To: mpfaley@aol.com 
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MEMO 2:

Ralph Anderson 349th Squadron June 12, 2020
Ralph joined the 100th BG on January 9, 1945, flying 25 combat missions as Tail Gunner on the Robert Akers crew. The crew also participated in the Chowhound food drop missions for the starving Dutch citizens in early May. 

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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BURIAL INFORMATION

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PHOTOS:

 Turning the props on E-Z GOIN. Props were turned before the engine was started. Turning prop #4 are Ralph Anderson & Earl Kluender. Turning prop #3 is Charles Elliott. (Photo courtesy of Jerry Brouillette) Akers Crew Information 

 Robert T. Akers Crew Left to Right. Standing: Thomas Baker, Ralph Anderson, Frank Rouch, Charles Penn, and Dan McGrath. Kneeling: Robert Anderson, Charles Elliott, Earl Kluender, Robert Akers (Photo courtesy of Jerry Brouillette) Akers Crew Information 

 

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Crew 1

ID: 88