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Bud Anderson - FU Hero

Posted by admin on October 16, 2009

Bud Anderson. During WW II, Colonel Bud Anderson was a flight leader and mentor to pilots like Chuck Yeager.  Bud is a WWII Triple Ace who flew the P-51 Mustang "Old Crow" while assigned to the 357th Fighter Group "Yoxford Boys," 8th Air Force, Leiston Field, United Kingdom. The 357th Fighter Group was credited with shooting down 609 1/2 enemy aircraft in only 15 months, a pace no other fighter group equaled. The 357th, also produced 42 Aces, more than any other group. 


He served two combat tours in the P-51 Mustang, Nov 1943 through Jan 1945.  He flew 116 sorties with the 357th Fighter Group, scoring 16.25 victories, the fourth-ranking ace of that outstanding group, which also included John England, 'Kit' Carson, Robert Foy, R.A. Peterson, Don ("Stick with me honey, and you'll be farting through silk.") Bochkay, and a little West Virginian kid named Chuck Yeager.  Chuck called Bud “the best pilot I’ve ever seen.”

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He learned to fly at age 19 gaining his private pilots license in 1941 through the Civilian Pilot Training Program while attending college. In Jan 1942 he entered the US Army Aviation Cadet Program receiving his wings and commission in Sept 1942.  He received his test pilot training by completing the AMC Performance Course (1948) and the Stability and Control Course (1949) while at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.


Other assignments in his 30 years of continuous military service include duty as Commander of an F-86 Squadron in post war Korea, and Commander of an F-105 Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan. He served in Southeast Asia, where he was Commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing. Col. Anderson flew strikes against enemy supply lines, and later was in charge of closing the first large air base in Thailand when his combat wing was deactivated. Col. Anderson was decorated 26 times. His awards include 2 Legion of Merits, 5 Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, 16 Air Medals, the French Legion of Honor, and the French Croix de Guerre, as well as many campaign and service ribbons.

The faculty at Fighter Pilot University is proud to name Bud Anderson as our latest FU Hero.



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