James Roy Andersen

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James Roy Andersen
Born May 10, 1904
Racine, Wisconsin
Died February 26, 1945(1945-02-26) (aged 40)
Near Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch US Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg United States Army Air Forces
Years of service 1926-1945
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Legion of Merit

Brigadier General James Roy Andersen (10 May 1904 – 26 February 1945) was a United States Army Air Forces officer. He was declared killed in action after an aircraft accident on 26 February 1945 over the Pacific Ocean.

General Andersen was born on 10 May 1904, in Racine, Wisconsin, and married Esther Hau.

He graduated from the United States Military Academy on the Hudson River at West Point, New York in 1926, served at various Army installations, and obtained his wings at Kelly Field, Texas, in 1936. During 1943-1944 he served on the U.S. War Department General Staff. In January 1945, General Andersen was assigned to HQ AAF, Pacific Ocean Area. He died on 26 February 1945 in an aircraft accident near Kwajalein Island. He and Lieutenant General Millard Harmon were travelling on Consolidated C-87A Liberator Express serial number 41-24174,[1] which disappeared between Kwajalein and Johnston Island while en route to Hawaii. The pilot of the aircraft was F. E. Savage.[2]

Andersen Air Force Base in the United States territory of Guam is named in his memory.[3]


  • Biography Page
  • Fletcher, Harry R. (1989) Air Force Bases Volume II, Active Air Force Bases outside the United States of America on 17 September 1982. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-53-6

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force website http://www.af.mil.