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401 Squadron Spitfire LF.IX MJ980 F/O. Robert William Anderson

Operation: Armed Reconnaissance

Date: 20th April 1945 (Friday)

Unit: No. 401 Squadron (motto: Mors Celerrima Hostibus - 'Very swift death to the enemy'). 126 (RCAF) Wing, No.83 Group, Second Tactical Air Force

Type: Spitfire LF.IX

Serial: MJ980

Code: YO-M

Base: B.116 Wunstorf, Germany

Location: Schwerin Görries airfield, Germany

Pilot: F/O. Robert William Anderson J/28754 RCAF Ace 20. Missing - believed killed


On the 20th April saw No. 401 claim some eight Bf109s spotted taking off from a grass airstrip near Schwerin but with the loss of MJ980 flown by F/O. Anderson by a BF109d from III./JG 6.

Neither his body or aircraft were recovered.

Burial details:

F/O. Robert William Anderson. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 278. Born on the 22nd May 1924 in Vancouver. Educated at Saskatchewan Central Collegiate and Kitsilano Senior High School.

Right: F/O. Robert William Anderson

A mechanic prior to joining RCAF. Enlisted on the 28th July 1942. P/O. 23rd July 1943 and received his pilots wings. F/O. 23rd January 1944.

Son of William Lloyd Anderson (died 26th February 1967, age 73) and Lilian Grace Anderson (née Cameron - died 24th april 1968, age 79), brother of George Cameron, Clifford Lloyd and Winifred Grace, of 2315 West 18th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada.

Above B.116 Wunstorf, Germany shortly after the allies had taken it over in early April 1945 and making it an advanced landing ground.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to the National Archive Kew, AIR-27-1774-7/8, Government of Canada, Paradie RCAF Archives


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