The Airmen's Stories - P/O D J Anderson
Donald John Anderson was born in London on 19th April 1919 and went to West Leigh School and Westcliff High School for Boys. He was working as a bank official in Southend when he joined the RAFVR on 5th April 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot and began his flying training at 34 E&RFTS Rochford.
Called up on 1st September 1939, he went to 4 ITW Bexhill at the end of October and then to 11 FTS Shawbury on 19th November 1939.
Anderson was posted to No. 2 School of Army Co-operation at Andover
on 15th June 1940 but a week later went to 5 OTU Aston Down for conversion to Blenheims. He then joined 29 Squadron at Digby on 6th July.
He remained with the squadron until 20th July 1941 and after an attachment to Kirton-on-Lindsey he was posted to 89 Squadron, then forming at Colerne with Beaufighters. The squadron flew out to the Middle East in late November 1941 and began operating from Abu Sueir in the night defence of the Delta.
In early March 1942 Anderson was medically regraded A2B and posted to No. 1 Section Aircraft Delivery Unit, Wadi Natrun. Six months later he lost his flying category and was posted to a ground radar unit.
Over the next eighteen months he served at a number of units in the Middle East. From 2nd April 1944 Anderson was Camp Commandant at Makadini, a Catalina base on the coast of East Africa. In early September he returned to radar units and for a spell in October 1944 he was Fighter Direction Officer on HMS Ulster Queen, scanning the Greek Islands.
After five months as a station adjutant, Anderson embarked for home on 12th December 1945. He was stationed at RAF Wartling until his release on 28th June 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.
He died in January 2000 in Epping.