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


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Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's 35 Missions
March 27th - August 26th, 1944 - 95th BG - Horham, England.


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Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's Air Corps Biography
An Aviator's Dream: The Man From Painted Woods

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/Skunk Works as “E Squared” (E2), was born in Painted Woods, North Dakota. That place on the edge of the Missouri River in the Dakotas became a mythical land in my mind as I was growing up.

It was a land filled with Indian lore and western cowboy tales, plus his childhood wanderings along the river. In my imagination I visited the Missouri plains both before and after Lewis and Clark journeyed into the land of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, 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's
Flight Notes Mission #1 March 27th
& Mission #3 April 1, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #1 - March 27th
& Mission #2 - March 28th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #3 - April 1st
& Mission #4 - April 13th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #5 - April 19th
& Mission #6 - April 20th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #7 - April 22nd
& Mission #8 - April 24th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #9 - April 27th
& Mission #10 - April 28th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #9 - April 27th &
#10 - April 28th & #11 - April 29th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #11 - April 29th
& Mission #12 - May 1st, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #12 - May 1st, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #13 - May 12th
& Mission #14 - May 13th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #15 - May 24th
& Mission #16 - May 28th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #17 - May 30th
& Mission #18 - May 31st, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #19 - June 2nd
& Mission #20 - June 4th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #21 - June 6th
& Mission #22 - June 7th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #23 - June 18th
& Mission #24 - June 20th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #25 - June 23rd
& Mission #26 - June 25th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #27 - July 7th
& Mission #28 - July 24th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #29 - July 28th
& Mission #30 - August 2nd, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #31
August 6th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Notes Mission #32
August 7th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Mission Notes March 27th
through June 23rd, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Mission Notes June 25th through
August 26th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
35 missions
March 27th - August 26th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
March 27th thru August 26th, 1944



Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson letters
home to Bismarck, ND 1942-1945

Ernest Anders Erickson's collection
of the family correspondences

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Graduation from Blackland - October 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
334th Squadron Officers Barracks
Horham Airfield, England

Family Keep-Sakes of Ernest Anders
& Frank Severin Erickson

Ernest Anders &
Frank Severin Erickson - Pins and Such

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's Air Corps
Graduation booklet - October 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's Graduation
booklet - October 1st, 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Boeing B-17 Jacket Patch 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's Army
Air Forces Preflight Manual 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's Army Air
Forces Preflight Manual 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson Air Corps
Patch & Envelope - October 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's Air Corps
foot-locker 1942-1945

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Aviator's Dream No. 1 by Mark Erickson

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Aviator's Dream No. 2 by Mark Erickson

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson's
October 26th, 1942 postcard - Kelly Field

A very happy Cadet Ernest Anders
Erickson at Kelly Field October 1942

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson's
October 28th, 1942 postcard - Kelly Field

.50 Caliber Cartridge
salt & pepper shaker set
Lili of the Lamplight (44-6085)

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
P-47 Thunderbolt
Horham - England 1944

Ernest Anders Erickson
in full Air Corpsman gear
Painted Woods, ND 1936

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Power of Attorney
November 30th, 1943

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

"A Fortress Falls"
written by Lt. Harry Carroll

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Air Corps Certificate of Service
(1942- 1945)

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson
P-19 - Curtis Field - Brady, Texas
April 1943

Abandoned Luftwaffe
Junkers Ju 88 Bomber
Foggia, Italy - August 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson 1944

12 O'Clock High poster
with Gregory Peck

Ronny Erickson Army Training 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Blackland Army Air Field
October 1943

In-flight B-17 formation photograph
B-17 # 297334 - August 1944

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

Horham Airfield, England - April 17, 2017
95th Bomb Group 1943-1945

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson
Kelly Field - October of 1942

Aerial View of Horham Airfield
England in 1944

Air Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson's
Guard Duty Roster
San Antonio Cadet Center 1942

B-17 Tribute To My Dad

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson - B-17
"I Dood It/Berlin Reach (42-3141) 1944

Bismarck Tribune Nov. 1, 1945
Allied Air Power Decisive Factor
in Defeat of Germany

Crew members of the
"Lili of the Lamplight" (44-6085)
Horham - England

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
War Department Identification
1941-1945

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson 1942

Christine Brita Kristina (Olson)
Erickson & her grandson
Ronny Erickson Los Angeles 1944

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson
Early Air Corps Flight Training 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
October of 1943
Bismarck, North Dakota

Air Corps Manual Page
Fairchild PT-19
Kelly Field

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
photograph
Poltava, Ukraine - August 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson letter dated
August 24th, 1944 Horham, England

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's 1944
A-2 Air Corps jacket
95th Bomber Group

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mitchel Air Force Base
Hemstead, NY - January 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Destination & Assignment Instructions - 1943

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson's
drawing of the local flying
area of Waco

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson's
drawings dated May 6th, 1943

Lt. Benjamin Nathan Rippe
New York City
October 24th, 1943

Scrap book with multiple newspaper
clippings dating from 1942-1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson in
Bismarck, North Dakota
in October of 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Advanced Flight Training
Blackland Air Field 1943

Postcard images of a
C-47 & a B-17 "The Flying Fortress"

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
In-flight photograph
Ole Worrybird (42-102678)

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
June 4th, 1944 letter from England

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Instructor at Randolph Field, Texas 1945

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
August 4th, 1944 letter from England

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
May 19th, 1944 Letter from England

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
August 10th, 1944 Letter from Italy

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
August 26th, 1944 Letter from England

Lt. Jon Schueler - England
St. Nazaire, France
February 16th, 1943
303rd Bomb Group

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
'Lili of the Lamplight' A-2 Jacket
Bomber Jacket Book - John Slemp

Ernest Anders Erickson
Anders Nelson
Robert 'Bob' Nelson
Painted Woods, ND

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Blackland Army Air Field
October 1943

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

Salerno Harbor - Italy 1944
Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson



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