42-106276

 

On 6 November 1944, a P-40N-15, # 42-106276, “Buckeye,” assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 16th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Nanning, China, on a bombing mission to Kweihsien, China. It was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire about 3 to 4 miles north of Kweihsien. The pilot was 2ndLt Jay W. Anderson, # 0-821436. A parachute was used.

 

Major John S. Craig, Commander, 16th Fighter Squadron, reported: He led a parafrag bombing and strafing mission near Kweihsien. Lt. Anderson was his wingman. Targets were located 3-4 miles NW of Kweihsien on the road to Tamtong. He made a starfing run and dropped frags. He watched Lt. Anderson make a run and Anderson dropped his belly tank, spilling gas. Anderson pulled up and Maj. Craig made another strafing run and did not see him again. He climbed and found only 3 fighters wth him. He saw a fire about 3 miles east of the target and as he neared it, there was a smoke puff and it burned faster. He could make out an aircraft on its back burning with a parachute spread out about 50 yards NW with the pilot still in the harness. He saw no movement. 2ndLt Anderson climbed after dropping his belly tank and bailed out at about 700’. He landed about 50 yards away from his crashed fighter.

 

ANDERSON, JAY WILLETT, Second Lieutenant, # 0-821436, USAAF

 

Jay W. Anderson was born on 18 July 1921 in Worcester, Massachusetts to Albin Esaias Anderson (1896-1918) (MA) and Jenney B. (Willett) Anderson (1902-1921) (born in Presque Isle, Maine, and buried there after death) (from a family of 11 children) (married 30 November 1920, Manhattan, NY). In 1930, at age 9, he was a ward of Edward Vander Pyl (1889-    ) and Mabel Louise (Renhult) Vander Pyl (1890-    ). He belonged to the Boylston Lodge of Masons starting when he was an aviation cadet. On 28 March 1942 he married Priscilla Agnes Moore (1922-1992). In 1930, his widowed father lived in Worcester, Massachusetts with cousins Charles E. Nelson (1905-    ) and Ruth H. Nelson (1905) and their child, Gordon H. Nelson (1928-    ); also Fred A. Anderson (1900-    ). His mother died in childbirth when Jay W. Anderson was born.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, on 22 September 1942. He completed multiple flight instruction schools and earned his commission and pilot wings as a fighter pilot. He was sent overseas to 14th Air Force in China. On 6 November 1944, a P-40N-15, # 42-106276, “Buckeye,” assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 16th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Nanning, China, on a bombing mission to Kweihsien, China. It was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire about 3 to 4 miles north of Kweihsien. Major John S. Craig, Commander, 16th Fighter Squadron, reported that he led a parafrag bombing and strafing mission near Kweihsien. Lt. Anderson was his wingman. Targets were located 3-4 miles NW of Kweihsien on the road to Tamtong. He made a starfing run and dropped frags. He watched Lt. Anderson make a run and Anderson dropped his belly tank, spilling gas. Anderson pulled up and Maj. Craig made another strafing run and did not see him again. He climbed and found only 3 fighters wth him. He saw a fire about 3 miles east of the target and as he neared it, there was a smoke puff and it burned faster. He could make out an aircraft on its back burning with a parachute spread out about 50 yards NW with the pilot still in the harness. He saw no movement. He was temporarily buried in China and is remembered there on the Monument to Aviation Martyrs, Nanjing Memorial, China. His remains were recovered and are buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii, on 26 January 1949 (Sec. C, Grave 1633).