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Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Air Corps 1942 - 1945
Photographs * Articles * Letters 


Click to view Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's complete thirty five 
mission list and twelve B-17 Flying Fortresses flown between
March 27th thru August 26th, 1944 out of Horham Airfield, England.




Click to View Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's Biography:
An Aviator's Dream: The Man From Painted Woods by Mark Erickson

Time holds still in our memory, and if we pay attention, the days we spend with our families will provide stories we can hold onto from childhood through adulthood.

The life we lead reflects the lessons held in these memories. They push us forward-- legends in our minds which over time become truths upon which we rely, and upon which we base our life’s most important decisions. “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend,” suggested the newspaper reporter in the film “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” one of my father's favorite westerns. We reflect on past adventures, even as they become part of our future. For my father, like most others of his generation, memories of his experiences in World War II formed the truths upon which he based the important decisions of his life. He shared many of these memories with me during his lifetime, and these shared memories have helped define my life, as they had my father’s.

Since his death in 2013, I have learned more about his wartime experiences piloting a B-17 bomber by looking through his memorabilia, reading about the experiences of his contemporaries, and corresponding with other researchers. The more I have learned, the more I have come to appreciate the extraordinary challenges he and his wartime companions faced, and the extraordinary courage they demonstrated.

My father, Ernest Anders Erickson-- known to his wartime buddies as “Lindy” and to his colleagues at Lockheed Aircraft as “E Squared” (E2), was born in Painted Woods, North Dakota. That place on the edge of the river in the Dakotas became a mythical land in my mind as I was growing up; a land filled with Indian lore and western cowboy tales. In my imagination I visited the Missouri plains both before and after Lewis and Clark journeyed into the land of the Arikara, Chippewa, Lakota and Dakota Sioux.

Raised on their family farm on the banks of the Missouri River, Ernest was the son of Swedish born parents -- my grandmother Clara Amelia (Nelson) and grandfather Frank Severin Gustaf Erickson; and brother to my aunt Dian (Erickson) Boutrous.

Ernest enjoyed fishing, hunting and living life outdoors. When my dad was fourteen, the family moved to Bismarck. Growing up during the Depression, Ernest watched the skies for airplanes as he walked home from school each day. He enjoyed going with his father Frank to see the barnstorming flyers who put on exhibitions in the area. His childhood hero was Charles Lindbergh, and he kept a keen eye on Lindbergh in the news. It was almost prophetic that he too would one day join the Army Air Corps.


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Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Lily of the Lamplight (44-6085)
June 1944

Lt. General Jimmy Doolittle &
Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Horham - England 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
334th Squadron 95th BG
Foggia, Italy 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson receiving
Distinguished Flying Cross
England - June 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
334th Squadron - 95th BG
Foggia, Italy 1944

Clara Amelia (Nelson) & her son
Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
October 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson &
Dian Marcella Erickson
Bismarck, ND 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Lili of the Lamplight Was Lucky Lady
Bismarck Tribune - October 5, 1944

Crew of The Lili of the Lamplight (44-6085)
England 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson - February 1944
Red Feather Club - Horham

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Blackland Army Air Field - October 1943

Letter written on June 6th, 1944
Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson

Portrait of Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson
Kelly Field 1942

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
An Aviator's Dream - Man From Painted Woods

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
An Aviator's Dream - Man From Painted Woods

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
35 Bombing Mission List
March 27th - August 26th, 1944 - England

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
95th Bomb Group celebration
200th Mission

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
35 Mission & 12 Aircraft Piloted List
March 27th - August 26th,1944; England

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Berlin Mission Diary Entry; April 29, 1944

Frank & his daughter Dian Marcella
& son Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Bismarck, North Dakota Spring of 1945

The B-17 Ole Worrybird
(42-102678) photograph

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
334th Squadron - 95th BG
Foggia, Italy 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
95th BG- Shuttle Missions
August 1944

Salerno Harbor - Italy 1944
Photograph by Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson

Salerno Harbor - Italy 1944
Photograph by Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Bismarck Tribune 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Blackland Airfield - October of 1943

Paris Occupation 1939-1944; Excerpts
from "Conversations with Picasso"

Frank Severin & Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Bismarck, ND - October 1943

Ernest Anders Erickson's Air Corps
Induction Letter - March 1942

The Ties That Bind
article by Phil Samponaro
95th BG Memorial Foundation

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Blackland Army Air Field
October 1943

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson
Kelly Field - San Antonio 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
B-17 (42-97858) Lady Fortune
Horham Airfield - England - June of 1944

In-flight photograph
Haard Luck (42-97334)
Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson 1944

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson
Kelly Field 1942

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson
Advanced Flight Training
Blackland 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
95th BG - 334th Squadron 1944
Stationed at Horham Airfield, England

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Yank Bombers article
December 29, 1943

Lili of the Lamplight
article by Andy Garner; 95th Bomb Group

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's A-2 jacket
Lili of the Lamplight (44-6085)

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's A-2 jacket
Lili of the Lamplight (44-6085)

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's A-2 jacket
Lili of the Lamplight (44-6085)

1944 A-2 jacket - 95th's Red Feather patch
Lili of the Lamplight (44-6085)

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
article by Don Moore (War Tales)
Charlotte Sun Newspaper - August 5, 2013

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson 334th Squadron
95th BG Foggia, Italy 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
P-47 Thunderbolt
Horham 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson receiving
the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross)
September 29, 1944 newspaper article

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
334th Squadron - 95th BG
Foggia, Italy 1944


In-flight photograph
Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Shuttle Missions 1944

In-flight photograph
Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Shuttle Missions 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
& crew of the B-17
"Lili of the Lamplight" (44-6085)

Only known photograph of the B-17
"Lili of the Lamplight" (44-6085) over Europe 1944

Lili Marlene typed lyrics by
Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson - June 6, 1944 - Horham 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
hand written Flight Equipment List
1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
flak pieces 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's drawing
A-2 Jacket 95th BG - June 1944

95th BG newsletter article; Lili of the Lamplight (44-6085)
August 26, 1944

Aerial Eyewitness Describes D-Day
newspaper article - June 7, 1944

Forts Hit France From Italy on
Last Leg Back From Soviet newspaper
article dated August 13, 1944

Russian mechanics - Lili of the Lamplight
(44-6085)
Poltava - Ukraine - August 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Blackland Army Airfield Class of 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
in October of 1943
Blackland Army Airfield

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
receives Silver Pilot's Wings
Bismarck Tribune article - October 3, 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Miami Beach 1943




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