James Kennedy Anderson

Flying Officer James Kennedy Anderson, J23749
Hollyburn, British Columbia
Royal Canadian Air Force

 

Flying Officer Anderson is sponsored by The Clearihue Family.
Flying Officer Anderson était parrainé par la famille Clearihue.

Birth place and date: James was born in Winnipeg, MB on 17 December 1922.

Home town: James grew up in Hollyburn, BC.

Religion: James was a member of the United Church of Canada.

Occupation: Before the war, James was a student.

Marital Status: James was never married or had any children.

Next of kin: James’ next of kin was his father, David Hamilton Anderson.

Date and location of enlistment: James enlisted on 20 November 1940 in Vancouver, BC.

Burial location: James is buried at the Calais Canadian War Cemetery in France. He was 24 when he died.

Student’s final reflection:

James Kennedy Anderson was a very fine soldier. He served for almost three years in eight different locations. He fought one of the hardest battles in the Second World War. He was only 18 years old when he joined the military.

James joined the Air Force in November 1940. He was first posted in Brandon, Manitoba where he met other trainees and made new friends.

James trained hard and he learned quickly. This allowed him to rise in the ranks, eventually becoming a pilot officer. He was posted in various locations, including: Saskatoon, SK, Brandon, MB, Regina, SK, Prince Albert, SK, Pennfield Ridge, NB, and Halifax, NS. His favourite post was in Regina, SK because he got to fly planes more often.

In 1943, James shipped out heading for Europe. He spent more than six months training in Europe before he fought his first battle, storming the beaches of Normandy.

The D-Day battle was a significant event in the Second World War because it would become one of the greatest seaborne invasions in history. During the D-Day battle, many men died and many more when missing and presumed dead.

James was one of the missing and presumed dead on 6 June 1944. Although his body was never identified, James will never be forgotten. He lives on in the memory of his family, friends, and fellow soldiers.

 

Written by: Chris Olesen, a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:
Chris Olesen, un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

Further information about James Anderson, provided by Paul Brooker, who’s father was a crew member of Anderson’s.

“My father’s involvement with D-Day actually began the night before when 20 troops together with their kit, 9 containers and a bike(!) were loaded into the aircraft. Along with many others from 196 & 299 Sqdns, the Stirlings thundered down the Keevil runway and into the night sky on “Operation Tonga.” The only information that I originally had about the destination of this trip was that Operation Tonga involved dropping troops in the dead of night on “Drop Zone N.” Where was drop zone N? In 1994, 50 years after D Day I went to France for the 50th Anniversary of D Day. My first stop in Normandy was the Cafe Gandree at Ranville, next to what has now become known as “Pegasus Bridge” after the Flying Horse emblem of the Paratroops insignia. This was the first house in the first village to be liberated from German tyranny. Buying a souvenir map of Normandy I was astounded to realize that Drop Zone N was within 800m of where I sat – Dick’s troops must have been involved with the liberation of the first French village!

However, things did not all go smoothly. The anti-aircraft fire was intense, and the log reads “Two inner engines knocked out by flak. Nav. and Bomb Aimer bailed out over France. Crash landed at RAF Ford.” This matter-of-fact report must cover a great deal of fear and anxiety. According to family history, the aircraft had taken a bit of a pasting, and the intercom was u/s, the pilot, Bill Baker, said “prepare to bail out”, unfortunately the Navigator and Bomb Aimer only heard part of the message – they bailed out over the English Channel in the early hours of 6th June and were drowned. Richard Luff DFC, the Squadron Bomb Aimer was never found and his name is remembered along with all other aircrew with no known grave on the RAF Runnymede Memorial overlooking the River Thames near Windsor. He also took with him the whereabouts of a squadron sweepstake! Before D-Day they had apparently taken bets on the time and date of the Normandy Invasion. The winner was denied his money as nobody knew where Richard Luff had left the takings!

Flying Officer Anderson, the Navigator, was washed up at Calais three weeks later and is now buried in the Canadian War Cemetery on the cliffs overlooking Calais.”

REMEMBER TODAY, REMEMBER ALWAYS.

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