Clarence “Bud” Anderson
P-51B “Old Crow”
Artwork and Research by; Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette
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Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson Jr.
By Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette
When Clarence “Bud” Anderson was a teenager he was fascinated with working with engines either automobiles or airplanes. Bud was quite talented and enjoyed making something “better.” He was brought up helping the family on an orchard where he learned quickly to repair the farm equipment as well as learning to drive as soon as his feet could reach the peddles. His family also lived near an airfield where there was airplane traffic of all types every day.
Bud was absorbed with the thought of flying. He and his brother would spend hours identifying the aircraft that took off and landed often spotting tri-motors, Martin bombers and even the first pursuit fighters like the P-12. The aircraft actually had to fly down the valley where Bud and his family lived so they got a great opportunity to study the aircraft as they often flew low and slow as they were lining up the airfield.
Bud was born on January 13, 1922 in Oakland, California. After high school he attended the Sacramento Junior College. He joined the Civilian Pilot Training Program in September of 1939 the very month that Hitler attacked Poland and the Netherlands. Bud threw himself into his studies. He claimed to be a so-so student in high school but in Junior College and with the flight program available he was consumed with wanting to know everything he could about aviation from navigation to how the engine ran and the pulleys worked the rudder. With him being a mechanic this put Bud in the cockpit as well as involved in the maintenance of the aircraft.
The airplane that Bud learned to fly was a Piper Cub. This was a narrow bodied aircraft where the pilot and passenger sat one in front of the other. The main wing was mounted over the heads of the pilot and passenger giving an unobstructed view of the ground. Bud learned to fly by the book and soloed after eight hours of flight time. This was the start of a new adventure for Bud.
The attack on Pearl Harbor led Bud into the recruiting office of the Army Air Corp. He was eager and ambitious as he dove into his studies both in the class room and in the cockpit. He graduated from Army Air Corp flight training in September 1942 with 290 hours in trainers. He was assigned to the 328th Fighter Group at Hamilton Field, California where he flew 573 hours in the P-39 giving him valuable time in a fighter plane before he entered air combat. When the 357th Fighter Group was formed Anderson joined the 363rd Fighter Squadron.
The 357th was transferred to England in November 1943 and was the first unit in the Eight Air Force to arrive equipped with the new P-51 Mustangs. By the start of 1944 the bomber campaign was well underway with plans for larger and larger bombing groups. Their goal was to be able to hit targets anywhere in Nazi held territories. The newly delivered Mustang would improve the chances of the bombers and their crews in the aerial battles. The main mission of the 8th Air Force fighters was as bomber escorts.
Bud rose quickly in the ranks and was now a Captain as flew on the Squadron’s first mission on February 20, 1943. During the mission he damaged a Messerschmitt 109 over Dessau, France. On March 8, 1944 Bud scored his first aerial victory during a long mission to Berlin. During this mission Bud and his fellow pilots witnessed three Messerschmitt 109’s attacking a straggling B-17. The bomber had been damaged and had fallen behind from the other bombers. As they engaged the Luftwaffe fighters another pilot in his group shot down one of the 109’s. Bud engaged another which sent them both into a turning contest in which neither pilot could get a good shot at the other. Round and round they flew as they lost altitude. This was to be a deadly dance for the two fighters as they chased each other. Finally Bud pulled the nose of his plane up hard bringing the control stick back into the pit of his stomach. Slowly the Bf109 disappeared under the nose of the Mustang. He knew that with the 109 just out of sight hidden under the nose of his Mustang he had a proper lead on his nemesis. He fired a long burst from his guns where he thought the enemy should be in his turn. As Bud eased back on the stick he watched the109 come back into view. As the 109 appeared, it was smoldering and loosing coolant as he watched the pilot bail out. This was a good shot.
The read more about Bud’s incredible adventures they are below the profile of his now famous Mustang shown above, To read his whole story I will be releasing a book in the near future that will cover the bombing campaign over Europe. Thank you and please tell your friends about my endeavors.
Bud Anderson and Artist.
The original painting above is 2×4 feet. It has been autographed by Bud Anderson.
All research, writings and artwork are by Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette.
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