After returning from North Africa he was an instructor for a short time before going on to another photographic reconnaissance squadron. He took photographs of fields in France to be used by the special duties squadrons dropping SOE agents. On October 27 he flew his st reconnaissance sortie and then joined No Squadron to fly Lysanders into torch-lit fields, dropping agents and returning with others.
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His long-range navigation skills were a great help to him, but now he had to perfect them at night and at low level. He flew his first special duties sortie in February , and in the build-up to the D-Day landings he was one of the busiest pilots on the squadron. Anderson had an irrepressible nature, great energy and courage and enjoyed life but he had a disdain for desk-bound higher authorities who rarely flew on operations.
He was once told to fly a very long-range sortie to the region of Lyon, which would have resulted in his being over enemy territory in daylight. Anderson was posted to a fighter-bomber squadron.
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Within weeks he was flying Mustangs of No 65 Squadron from a basic airstrip in Normandy, and dive-bombing bridges. Over the next three months his squadron followed the advancing Allied armies and Anderson flew 70 close support operations. He was finally rested and returned to a ground appointment. Anderson left the RAF after the war as a flight lieutenant, and returned to India to begin a long civilian flying career which took in the period of Indian Partition and taking supplies into remote areas of Assam and Burma.
In he began a five-year period carrying pilgrims to and from Mecca for the annual pilgrimage. This was followed by three years in the Persian Gulf, but his great passion was India and he returned to fly for Air Nepal. He left India in and for the next 12 years flew the Hawker Siddeley HS from Lympne airport near Hythe in Kent, where he bought the house in which he lived until his death.
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He flew with Dan Air until when he reached the obligatory retirement age of 60, at which point he joined Skyways Air Freight, operating from Lydd airport. In retirement Anderson made beautiful life-size replica church brasses using linoleum, intricately decorated. Many are displayed on the walls of stately homes and castles in Kent, including Lympne Castle. He wrote a fascinating and amusing autobiography, Saint Praftu Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :.
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Part 2 includes graphic descriptions of dramatic events whilst ferrying pilgrims on their annual visits to Mecca, extraordinary feats of survival in appalling flying conditions, and hilarious adventures in Kathmandu with Bahadur Singh, fellow resident in the famous Royal Hotel.
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