Aanenson, Quentin C., CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Army Air Corps
Last Primary MOS
AAF MOS 1056-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1946, 1980, USAAF 9th Army Air Force
Service Years
1943 - 1946

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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Home Town
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Last Address
Luverne, Minnesota

Date of Passing
Dec 28, 2008
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 64 Site 6992

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see www.arlingtoncemetery.org
Captain Aanenson was a World War II veteran Fighter Pilot and former Captain of the 391st Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force, US Army Air Corps. He flew the P47 Thunderbolt in the Normandy D-Day invasion and subsequent European Campaign.

Aanenson enlisted in the united states Army air cors in 1942but was not called to active duty until February 1943. He left for Santa Ana Air Force base for Pre-Flight training and then to Primary Flight School at Thunderbird field near Phoenix, Arizona. In September 1943, he left for Basic Flight School at Gardner Field near Bakersfield, California. Aanenson then left for Advanced Flight training at Luke Field, Phoenix, Arizona., where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on Januaury 7, 1944. From January 1944 to May 1944 he trained at Harding Field in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he met his wife Jackie.

Aanenson demonstrated exceptional courage and abilty as a Fighter pilot, amassing tens of kills and beating all odds to survive the early months of his tour of duty. Later in the war, Aanenson was taken out of th cockpit, embedded with Advanced Troops, and his skills put to good  use as a quick-response aircraft attack co-ordinator. He eventually documented his experiences for his family. This was later turned into a documenary video which he wrote, produced and narrated. "A Fighter Pilot's Story" was first televised on 11 December or 12 November 1993, then broadcast on over 300 public television stations in June 1994.
   
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USAAF 9th Army Air Force
  1943-1945, 1980, USAAF 9th Army Air Force
  1943-1946, 1980, USAAF 9th Army Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)1
  1944-1944 Northern France Campaign (1944)/Operation Cobra
  1944-1945 Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
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