Allen Anderson, the son of Arthur and Bertha Anderson
was born June 22, 1915. He grew up in North Minneapolis.
He graduated from North High School and the University
of Minnesota. He received his private pilot's license
at Flight School, Kelly Field, Texas.
achieving his goal of becoming a pilot, He enlisted
in the Army Air Corps 12 January 1942 (according to
Enlistment Records) and ultimately became Airplane
Commander of the Crew 24's "City of St. Louis Park".
younger brother Robert followed him into the military.
However, Robert, his bomber named "Liberty Belle"
and their crew were shot down in 1943 - all but one
man was lost in the North Sea.
was the custom, the crew gave their B-29 a nickname
- it was considered to be bad luck to name plane after
one that went down so Anderson asked his crew if he
could name their B-29 "Liberty Belle II" in
honor of his brother.
the war, Anderson wanted to make the military his career,
however with the loss of his younger brother, his father
asked him to return home to run the family business.
Gordon and his wife Marian have 3 children: Caroline,
Robert and John and 6 grandchildren.
owned and operated Sundseth-Anderson Funeral Home in
North Minneapolis until his retirement in 1981. He was
a member of the Northside Commerical Club, North Minneapolis
Exchange Club, Ebenzer Society Board, Zuhurah Flyers,
American Legion Westphal Post # 251 and several other
organizations. He was "Mr. West Broadway"
in 1973 and received WCCO Radio's "Good Neighbor
Award" when he served as Chairman of the North
Minneapolis Summer Festival in 1968.