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Richard Grant Anderson

Graduating Class of 1944
Served in World War II

Second Lieutenant
Richard Grant Anderson

Army Air Forces
76th Troop Carrier Squadron
435th Troop A Group


Kenosha, WI

Date of Birth

Location of Death

Holland, Netherlands

Date of Death

Location of Burial


More About Second Lieutenant Anderson

Second Lieutenant Anderson enlisted in February 1943. He received his commission at Lubbock, Texas. He was assigned to the 76th TCS, 435th TCG and sent to Europe where he would fly C-47 aircraft. On Sept. 17, 1944, he was the co-pilot of the C-47A s/n 42-24111 for a paratroop drop mission over Holland. All the paratroopers were members of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. About 10 minutes to the drop zone, the C-47 was hit by two bursts of flak. The C-47 burst into flames, at which time the order was given to the paratroopers to drop. Immediately after the last paratrooper bailed, the aircraft went into an uncontrollable dive and crashed into the countryside.