James Roy Andersen

James Roy Andersen
Birth nameJames Roy Andersen
BornMay 10, 1904
Racine, Wisconsin
DiedFebruary 26, 1945(1945-02-26) (aged 40)
Near Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUS Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg United States Army Air Forces
Years of service1926-1945
RankUS-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsLegion of Merit

Brigadier General James Roy Andersen (10 May 1904 – 26 February 1945) was a United States Army Air Forces officer. He was declared killed in action after an aircraft accident on 26 February 1945 over the Pacific Ocean.[1]


Andersen was born on 10 May 1904, in Racine, Wisconsin, and married Esther Hau.

He graduated from the United States Military Academy on the Hudson River at West Point, New York in 1926, served at various Army installations, and obtained his wings at Kelly Field, Texas, in 1936. During 1943-1944 he served on the U.S. War Department General Staff. In January 1945, Andersen was assigned to HQ AAF, Pacific Ocean Area.


Andersen is believed to have died on 26 February 1945 in an aircraft accident near Kwajalein Island. He and Lieutenant General Millard Harmon were traveling on Consolidated C-87A Liberator Express serial number 41-24174,[2] which disappeared between Kwajalein and Johnston Island while en route to Hawaii. The pilot of the aircraft was F. E. Savage.[3]


Andersen Air Force Base in the United States territory of Guam is named in his memory.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES ROY ANDERSEN > U.S. Air Force > Biography Display". www.af.mil.
  2. ^ "1941 USAAF Serial Numbers (41-13297 to 41-24339)". www.joebaugher.com. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  3. ^ "February 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports". www.aviationarchaeology.com. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  4. ^ "Guam Airfield Dedicated". Corsicana Daily Sun. April 21, 1950. p. 1. Retrieved May 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access

External links

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