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S/Sgt. Carlton Anderson
722nd Squadron


WAR DIARY



































Seperation date: 17 November 1945 at Grenier Field N.H.
Aerial Gunner (611)
Campaign's: No. Apennines, Po Valley and Central Europe
Decoration's and Citation's: Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, WWII Am Theater, Service Medal, European, African, Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal w/4Bronze Stars.


S/Sgt Carlton Anderson War Diary
722ndSquadron


December 18            Ship 927            Mission 11
Target – Florensborf Oil Refineries in Vienna - attempt to Destroy Germany's production of oil.
Flak – heavy, Moderate, inaccurate
Fighters – none – P-38's escort
Bombload – 8-500lbs
Time – 7h 30m
Mission – unsuccessful – Bombs dropped 3min. before Target
Recon photo day after shows Fair to Excellent Results as a whole.

December 21            Ship 927            Mission 19  Sortie 12
Target – marshalling yard at Rosenheim, Germany: 40 miles South of Munich
Flak – none
Fighters – none – P-51 escort 15 planes
Bombload – 10-500lb
Mission – Bombed by P.F.F. under cover
Time – 8hrs. Approximate
Open waist windows, extreme cold. Irish passed out Lowering Ball Turret.
Temp. -300C

December 27            Ship 894            Mission 20 Sortie 13
Target – Rail-line winding through Brenner Pass – Bombed section around Mt. – upper section of grade.
Flak – Heavy – moderate – accurate   449th ship blew up
Fighter – rumored 1-JU88 near Italian coast – escort P-38's
Bombload – 3-2000lbs
Mission – successful

January, 4, 1945                           Mission 21  Sortie 14
Ship 441 "Bachelor Blitz"
Target – South marshalling yard near Bolzano, Italy – just 3000 ft. from Ora R.R. Bridge
Flak – Heavy -  - accurate 17 or more pieces of flak plastered ship. Smashed Ball Turret Hydralic Resevoir
Fighters – nil – P-51 Escort
Bombload – 8-500lbs
Time – 7h 35m
Capt. Young – Pilot
Lt. Haley – Co-Pilot
Navigator – Lake
Came straight in for Landing Left formation near Taranto. Tire blown on right Landing gear. Marvelous job Done by Capt. Young in controlling Ship. No injurys to Personel on board. Tire & Brake Drum Destroyed. FINIS

February 5, 1945   Ship #918            Mission 24 Sortie 16
Target – marshalling yard, warehouse, Roundhouses at Salzburg, Germany
Flak – nil for our box: very surprising
Fighters – none – 51 & 38 seen around target area
Bombload – 8-500lbs.
Time – Approx. 8hrs.
Result – fair to excellent

Feb. 13, 1945   Ship #387            Mission 25 Sortie 17
Target – marshalling yards at Zagreb, Yugoslavia
Flak – heavy – intense – accurate
Piece severed oxygen line on Command deck, Cities covered by barrage of A.A.
Fighters – 4 unidentified plane N. of cities – 51's seen going to target
Bombload – 8-500lbs
Take off 1030 Return 1605
Bombed visually

Feb. 17, 1945                           Mission 27 Sortie 18
Ship 894 "Stripped For Action"
Target – Linz marshalling yard Austria (Weather prevents Bombing of original Target)  2 Boxes bomb Graz.
Flak – practically nil – few burst within range before I.P. Large Quantities of flak were seen but not encountered by us.
Fighters – none actually reported P-51's for cover & withdrawal.
Bombload – 8-500lb.
Results – 10/10 cover over target and Have prevented any visual observations.
Time – 7h. 35min.
Reached 27,500' in attempt To get above weather.

February 21, 1945                           Mission 29 Sortie 19
Ship 524  Little Johnnie
Target – Mersendorf Marshalling yard – Southest corner of Vienna – Clear
Flak – Heavy, intense, accurate
Piece in #4 Left Flap & Wing
Fighters – some reported in vicinity none engaged us. P-51's serve as escort for cover & withdrawal.
Bombload – 8-500lbs.
Results – Reports satisfactory
Time – 8hrs. Approx.

February 24, 1945                           Mission 30 Sortie 20
Ship #927 "My Akin Ass"
Target – Marshalling yards at Verona, Italy
Flak – Moderate to heavy, Intense, Accurate
Fighters – none – 51's as escort
Bombload – 8-500lbs
Results – Good, Moulto Smoke arising from Target Weather Bad most of the way to the Target. Box Leader Shannon gets unexploded shell through #4 engine; rumored he Landed safely at Florence.

March 8, 1945   Ship 954            Mission 32 Sortie 21
Target – marshalling yard at Komaron, Hungary – Direct support to Russian Ground Forces  Target not visible – went after alternate at Maribor, Yugo. Again Did not bomb – finally jettisoned bombs in Adriatic.
Flak – Heavy, Moderate, accurate
Fighter – none encountered – reported seeing some in various areas. P-38 escort – give good cover.
Bombload – 8-500lbs.
Landed in Foggia for gas.

March 12, 1945   Ship 918            Mission 34 Sortie 22
Target – marshalling yards serving Florisdorf oil refinery in Vienna – bomb by P.F.F.
Flak – heavy – intense to moderate – inaccurate  good shooting for cloud coverage
Fighters – none encountered – but many scores though reported in area.
Bombload – 8-500lbs.

March 20, 1945   Ship 863            Mission 38 Sortie 24
Target – bombed marshalling yard at An  Austria
Flak – none
Fighters – none  8-P-38 serve escort beautiful cover withdrawal
Bombload – 8-500 – 4-1000lbs.
Results – Good – Fires started  B-17 from other Group catches fire & blows up – 6 chutes seen
Good Mission

March 22, 1945   Ship 810 – L            Mission 40 Sortie 25
Target – Southeast Goods Depot – Vienna – Clear
Flak – Heavy, intense, accurate
Lead ship = covered with hole
#3 ship lands in Yugo
Our ship had hard hits in Wing
Fighters – none encountered – 20 P-38's as escort
Bombload – 8-500lbs.
Lt. VanDerMoere flying Dep Lead Takes over Lead on return to Base.
Good pattern of bombs on target.

March 24, 1945   #918               Mission 42 Sortie 26
Target – Airfield at Neuberg, Germany – N.E. of Munich
Flak – 1 burst – much seen over Munich
Fighters – 2 Jet-propelled over target area Did not make passes at our box P-38's as escort
Bombload – frag's
Visual – good results seen

March 26, 1945   Ship 927            Mission 44 Sortie 27
Target – Brux, Hungary marshalling yard
Flak –none
Fighters – none – many seen on airfield in target area. P-51's fly good cover as escort
Bombload – 40-100lbs
#3 engine smokes on return Cylinder blew – feathered
Irish finishes

April 1, 1945              Ship 804            Mission 46 Sortie 28
Target – St. Polten M/Y Austria between Linz and Venna.
Flak – none
Fighters – none
Bombload – 10-500lbs
Beautiful concentrations of hits in yard – much black smoke

April 5, 1945              Ship 804            Mission 47 Sortie 29
Target – bridge at Dravagard Yugo spanning Drava river
Flak – none
Fighters – none
Bombload – 10-500lbs
Result – smoke & dust over bridge results not too good

April 7, 1945              441                 Mission 48 Sortie 30
Target – Assigned to Brenner Pass
Feathered engine over Northern Italy – Landed at Zara, Yugo – brought rep. ship to Foggia. Ferryed home.

April 9, 1945              Ship 323            Mission 49 Sortie 31
Target – Direct Support to 8th Army
Bombload – Frags
Well planned mission


Information courtesy of Priscilla Utter, daughter of Carlton Anderson




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