WWII Triple Ace Brigadier General Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson Passing

On May 17, 2024, at 5:29 p.m., WWII Triple Ace Brigadier General Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 102.

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Today, we have lost a legend, an American icon. The passing of one of our greatest WWII aces leaves us mourning the loss of an honorable and exceptional man. Brigadier General Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson made the most of his one lifetime, and we are fortunate to have had our lives touched by his. Bud, as everyone affectionately called him, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 102.

We honor the tremendous legacy of Bud Anderson. Please take a moment to reflect on how fortunate we have been to know such a treasure to humanity.

The passing of a legend often leaves us grappling with the question of why, as we tend to think of legends as immortal. Mourning a legend is different from grieving a family member or a close friend. While the latter leaves a significant void in personal lives, Bud Anderson was unique. He was not just an icon but also an integral part of our Warbird family.

Join us for dinner and a special presentation with WWII 8th Air Force Triple Ace Clarence “Bud” Anderson on Saturday, September 12th 2015 at 7pm. This event will be held at the iconic 57th Fighter Group Restaurant.


  1. I met this Legend and Chuck Yeager at an airshow in Florida. I happened to take a Hamilton Collection Warbird plate with me that had the Old Crow on it and Bud’s info. I was thrilled to see him and get it signed! God Bless you Bud.

  2. I met Bud Anderson at Oshkosh several times. He was and still is a class act! I always enjoyed meeting him and talking with him too.

  3. I had the priviledge in 2003 to be part of the ceremony when Bud and Chuck Yeager received their French Legion of Honor, I was their translator as they did not understand french, so I translated all the comments in french, hard job done with great pleasure for three days !
    Wonderfull memories of Bud and Chuck, great pilots and nice gentlemen !

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