In Memory of
U.S. Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet
Kenneth Andrew Anderson
Lead, South Dakota
Lawrence County
September 21, 1916 – January 22, 1943
Killed in Plane Crash at Douglas Field, Arizona

Kenneth Andrew Anderson

Kenneth “Kenney”Andrew Anderson was born on September 21, 1916, at Deadwood, South Dakota, to A. Edward and Carrie Anderson. He had two sisters and a brother. Kenneth was raised and educated in Lead and graduated with the Lead High School class of 1934. He was known for his musical talents, playing in band, orchestra, and later, the Homestake band. From 1937 until 1942, Kenneth worked at Homestake Mining. On April 28, 1938, Kenneth married Hugil Sparks at Lead. They had a daughter, Joyce Lynn, on November 8, 1940, at Deadwood. The newspaper said that Kenneth was a “well-known sportsman…before entering the service.”

Kenneth Anderson enlisted in the Army on April 4, 1942, at Fort Meade, South Dakota, and entered active duty the same date. After training in California, Anderson was sent to Douglas, Arizona, and was expected to earn his wings in March of 1943. On January 22, 1943, while serving as an aviation cadet in the Aviation Cadet Detachment, Kenneth Anderson was killed in a “routine training flight,” when two planes collided in mid-air. Another cadet was also killed and a third was injured. At the time of his death, Kenneth Anderson held the rank of cadet first lieutenant and assistant squadron commander.

Kenneth Anderson’s body was returned to Lead and was buried with full military honors in the Masonic cemetery in Lead. Cadet Anderson’s detachment at Douglas Field had sent a floral spray arranged into wings with the words, “Happy landing from your brothermen who fly.”

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, SD.  Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment, the RC Journal, 1/27/43, and the Lead Daily Call, including 1/23/43 issue.