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William Anderson

In memory of:

Flying Officer William Anderson

March 24, 1945

Military Service

Service Number:





Air Force


Royal Canadian Air Force


439 Sqdn.

Additional Information

Son of Simon Christian and Gonda Anderson of Calgary, Alberta.

Commemorated on Page 491 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information



Grave Reference:

31. B. 18.


The REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY is located 5 km south west of Kleve. From Kleve the cemetery is located, using the Hoffmannallee from the Town Centre, which becomes the Materbornerallee. This road enters Reichswald Forest and becomes the Grunewaldstrasse. Follow direction Gennep, entering Reichswald Forest the cemetery is situated 500 metres on the left. Alternatively from the motorway 57, take exit Kleve/Goch, which leads onto the 9 N road in the direction towards Kleve. After 3 km turn left on to the 504 direction Kranenburg. Reichswald cemetery is clearly signposted on the 504 at cross roads Grunewald. REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY is situated on the Grunewald Strasse direction Kleve on the right, 3 km from cross roads Grunewald.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Document– Details of crash, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa
  • Document– Details of crash, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa.
  • Photo of William Anderson– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of William Anderson– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of WILLIAM ANDERSON– Copyright expired free domain photo
  • Photo of William Anderson– Bill Anderson and Robert Ross - Calgary, Alberta, August, 1941.
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– The Red Deer Advocate 4 Apr 45
F/O Anderson was a Typhoon Pilot in 439 Squadron.  The Squadron carried out pre D-Day operations from Southern England. On 27 June they moved across the Channel to Lantheuill, France,  Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.  
His brother, John, was lost 10 February 1942 when HMCS Spikenard was torpodoed south of Iceland.

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