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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
In-Flight Photograph between
August 1st and 12th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
In-Flight Photograph between
August 1st and 12th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
In-Flight Photograph between
August 1st and 12th, 1944

Ernest Anders Erickson at
Gatow Airfield near Berlin
with F-104 Starfighter

Ernest Anders Erickson's
International Driving Permit - 1969

Frank Severin, Dian Marcella &
Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Bismarck 1944

Ernest Anders &
Frank Severin Erickson's Collection

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
In-Flight Photograph - August 1944

Ernest Anders & Frank Severin Erickson's
tools; 1920 - 1990s

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's April 2, 1944
Somewhere In England

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson 1930s
German silver Collapsible Travel Cup

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
September 21, 1944
Letter From Iceland

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Air Corps Portrait 1944

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson
(far right) at Kelly Field in Texas
while he was in Basic Flight Training 1942.

Washington DC Star October 1944
Truesdell's Bombers Fete 200th Reich Raid

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson Kelly Field, Texas 1942-1943

Leather Sheath

Clara & Frank Erickson's
Corner Shelf 1930s

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson's
Flight Gear 1942 - 1943

Clara, Dian & Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
October 1943 - Bismarck, North Dakota

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
1942 - 1945 8th Air Corps Patches
Name Tags & Black Cigarette Case

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
September 7th, 1944
Horham Airfield, England


Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters Guide Books from 1942

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
95th Bomb Group - 334th Squadron
In - Flight Photograph - August 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
On Leave - October 1943
Bismarck, North Dakota

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
95th Bomb Group - 334th Squadron
In - Flight Photograph - August 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
95th Bomb Group - 334th Squadron
In - Flight Photograph - August 1944

Ernest Anders Erickson's
Clay & Glass Marbles & Bag

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson
Brady, Texas 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
August 26th, 1944 Mission
Brest, France
Operations Officer's Narrative

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Air Corps Uniform, Cap & Shirt
1942-1945

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #1 - March 27th, 1944
Cazaux, France
Mission #2 March 28th, 1944
Chateaudun, France
The Stars & Stripes - March 29th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #4 - April 13th, 1944
Aboard the B-17 - To Hell Or Glory
(42-38123) - Augsburg, Germany
The Stars & Stripes - April 14th, 1944

Entrance to Horham Airfield - Station 119
95th Bomb Group - Red Feather Club
Suffolk County, England 2017

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #4.5; April 18th, 1944 aboard the B-17
Smilin' Sandy Sanchez (42-97290)
Oranienburg, Brandenburg, Luneburg
Rathenow, Germany
Mission #5 - April 19, 1944
Aboard the B-17 - Able Mabel (42-31920)
Werl, Germany
The Stars & Stripes - April 20th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #6 - April 20th, 1944
aboard the B-17 - Fireball Red
(42-31876) No Ball (V-1 Installations)
St. Omer – Cherbourg, France
The Stars & Stripes - April 21st, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #7 - April 22nd, 1944
aboard the B-17 - Gen’ril Oop
(42-31993) - Hamm, Germany
Mission #8 - April 22th, 1944
aboard the B-17 - The Doodle Bug (42-107047)
Friedrichshafen, Lowenthal, Manzell, Germany
The Stars & Stripes - April 25th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission # 9 - April 27th, 1944
aboard the B-17 - Smilin' Sandy Sanchez
(42-97290) - Nancy, France
Mission # 10 April 28th, 1944
No Ball (V-1 installations)
Sottevast (south of Cherbourg)
The Stars & Stripes - April 28th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #10 - April 28th, 1944
aboard the B-17; 'Smilin' Sandy Sanchez'
(42-97290)No Ball (V-1 installations)
Sottevast (south of Cherbourg)
The Stars & Stripes - April 29th, 1944

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission # 11 - April 29th, 1944
aboard the B-17 - Able Mabel
(42-31920) Berlin, Germany
Mission #12 - May 1st, 1944
aboard the B-17 - Mirandy (42-31992)
Sarreguemines, France
The Stars & Stripes - May 1st, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #13 - May 12th, 1944
aboard the B-17
'Smilin' Sandy Sanchez' (42-97290)
Brux, Czechoslavakia
The Stars & Stripes - May 13th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson 1943
Mission #14 - May 13th, 1944
aboard the B-17 - Mirandy (42-31992)
B-17 received minor degrees of damage
Osnabruk, Germany
The Stars & Stripes - May 15th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
The Stars & Stripes - May 16th, 1944

Deadly Sky: The American Combat
Airman in World War II
by John C. McManus

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Cadet Yearbooks Class 43-1 1943

Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys
Who Fought The Air War Against Nazi Germany
by Donald L. Miller

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
The Stars & Stripes - May 20th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #15 - May 24, 1944
aboard the B-17 - 'Ten Aces' (42-38178)
Berlin, Germany
The Stars & Stripes - May 25th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #16 - May 28, 1944
aboard the B-17 - 'Ten Aces' (42-38178)
Dessau, Poland - Magdeburg, Germany
The Stars & Stripes - May 29th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #17 - May 30th, 1944
aboard the B-17 - 'Ten Aces' (42-38178)
Brussels, Belgium
The Stars & Stripes - May 31st, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Blackland Army Air Field
Waco, Texas
October 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #18 - May 31st, 1944
aaboard the B-17 - 'Lili of the Lamplight' (44-6085)
Osnabruk, Germany
The Stars & Stripes - June 1st, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
The Stars & Stripes - June 2nd, 1944

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

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #19 - June 2nd, 1944
aboard the B-17 - 'Paisano' (42-102450)
Paris, France (Acheres)
The Stars & Stripes - June 3rd, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #21 - June 6th, 1944
aboard the B-17
'Lili of the Lamplight' (44-6085)
Calais - Boulogne, France
The Stars & Stripes - June 7th, 1944

Horham 2018
Painting by Mark Erickson

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #23 - June 18th, 1944
Mission #24 - June 20th, 1944
aboard the B-17; 'Lili of the Lamplight' (44-6085)
Hanover - Misburg & Fallersleben
Brunswick, Germany
The Stars & Stripes - June 21st, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #25 - June 23rd, 1944
Mission #26 - June 25th, 1944
Mission #27 - July 7th, 1944
aboard the B-17
'Lili of the Lamplight' (44-6085)
No Ball (V-1 & V-2 Installations)
Salesman, France
Kolleda - (Primary Merseberg), Germany
No Ball (V-1 & V-2 Installations)
Nanteuil, France
The Stars & Stripes - July 8th, 1944

Ernest Anders &
Frank Severin Erickson's Collection

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #28 - July 24th, 1944
aboard the B-17
'Lili of the Lamplight' (44-6085)
Saint Lo, France
Tactical / Bomb German Lines
The Stars & Stripes - July 26th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #29 - July 28th, 1944
aboard the B-17 - 'Lili of the Lamplight'
(44-6085)
Merseburg / Leuna, Germany
The Stars & Stripes - July 29th, 1944

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson
Curtis Field - Kelly Field
Texas 1942 - 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #30, #31, #32, #33
August 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 1944
aboard the B-17; The Doodle Bug (42-107047)
aboard the B-17; 'Lili of the Lamplight'
(44-6085) - Troyes, France
10 Day Shuttle Bombing Missions
Rahmel and Trzebien, Poland
The Stars & Stripes - August 10th, 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #34 - August 12th, 1944
aboard the B-17 - 'Lili of the Lamplight'
(44-6085)
Toulouse, France
The Stars & Stripes - August 22nd, 1944

95th Bomb Group
200th Mission Celebration
September 7, 1944
Horham Airfield - England

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
The Stars & Stripes - August 23rd, 1944

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson
Curtis Field - Kelly Field
Brady, Texas 1942 - 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Mission #35 - August 26th, 1944
aboard the B-17 - 'Stand By / Goin' My Way
(42-107204)
Brest, France
The Stars & Stripes - August 28th, 1944

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson
Curtis Field - Kelly Field
Brady, Texas 1942 - 1943

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson
Brady Aviation School
Curtis Field - Kelly Field
Brady, Texas 1942

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Performance of Combat
Crew Personnel
Colonel Karl Truesdell Jr.
October 1944 - Horham, England

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson
Brady Aviation School
Curtis Field - Kelly Field
Brady, Texas 1942

95th BG Memorials Foundation Museum
Red Feather Club - Horham, England

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Horham Airfield, England 1944

95th BG Memorials Foundation Museum
Red Feather Club - Horham, England

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's
Uniform and Cap
95th Bomb Group - 334th Squadron
8th Air Corps Horham Airfield - England

Cadet Ernest Anders Erickson
Kelly Field, Texas 1943

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson &
Italian Boy; Naples, Italy August 1944
Mission # 30, #31, #32, #33
August 3rd, 6th, 7th & 8th, 1944

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

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson 1944
Distinguished Flying Cross
DFC Indoor Ceremony with Wing Colonel
Horham Airfield England

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Royal Air Force Prestwick
South Ayrshire, Scotland
January 1944

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Bismarck, ND - October 1944

Horham Needs You

B-17 Nose Art

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

B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator,
B-29 Superfortress, P-51 Mustang,
P-47 Thunderbolt
Lockheed Constellation

Lt. Earl E. Pirtle
(Bombardier) 1944
95th Bomb Group
334th & 412th Squadrons
Lili of the Lamplight (44-6085)

Hell's Angels
True Story of the
303rd Bomb Group

German Chaff
Horham Airfield, England
March 1944

Lt. Robert L. Rathgeber
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bombardier 1944
Horham Airfield, England

Warrant Officer Harry Irons
Royal Air Force

Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
March 17th, 1944
Horham Airfield, England

Warrant Officer Harry Irons
Royal Air Force
Dronten, Holland - May 2017


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