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Capt. C.E. "Bud" Anderson (Autographed by "Bud" Anderson) ~ 40% Off ~ Free Shipping

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Frame Size: 16"x 20" ---- autographed ace playing card signed in Ink by "Bud" Anderson. Come with a COE.

Capt. C.E. "Bud" Anderson

357th F.G./363th F.S. (16.25)

Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson, is a retired officer in the United States Air Force and a "Triple Ace” in World War II. Anderson was born in Oakland, California, and raised on a farm near Newcastle, California. In January 1942 he enlisted in the United States Army as an aviation cadet and received his wings and commission as a second lieutenant in September 1942. Anderson flew two tours of combat against the Luftwaffe in Europe while with the 363rd Fighter Squadron of the 357th Fighter Group, based at RAF Leiston, England, and was the group's 3rd leading ace with 16 1/4 aerial victories. His P-51, nicknamed Old Crow, carried him safely through 116 missions without being hit by fire from enemy aircraft and without Anderson ever having to turn back for any reason. He returned to the United States in February 1945 in the rank of captain. With over thirty years of military service, Anderson was a test pilot at Wright Field (where he also served as Chief of Fighter Operations) and Edwards Air Force Base (where he was Chief of Flight Test Operations and Deputy Director of Flight Test), served two tours at the The Pentagon and commanded three fighter organizations. From June to December 1970 he commanded the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, an F-105 unit, during its final months of service in the Vietnam War, and retired in March 1972. He was decorated twenty-five times for his service to the United States. After his retirement from active duty as a colonel, he became the manager of the McDonnell Aircraft Company's Flight Test Facility at Edwards AFB, serving there until 1984. During his career, he flew over 100 types of aircraft, and logged over 7,000 hours. Anderson is possibly best known for a close friendship with Chuck Yeager from World War II, where both served in the 363rd Fighter Squadron, to the present. In 1990, Anderson co-authored the book To Fly & Fight--Memoirs of a Triple Ace.


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