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William Donald Francis Annan

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Donald Francis AWMM
  • Surname
    Annan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Don AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII A391377 AWMM
    • WWII 391377 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 September 1919 AWMM NapierHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr F. J. Annan (father), Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII A391377 AWMM
    • WWII 391377 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Air Gunner/Military AWMM
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Annan was the son of Fredrick Andrew John Annan and of Annie Isabell Annan (nee MacRae), of Napier, New Zealand.

    At the time of his death Annan was flying in Bomber Command in position of Rear Gunner.

    An Obituary, publication unknown, found in Finn Scrapbook No. 100 and held in the Auckland War Memorial Museum Library, says: " 'Sergeant from Napier - Footballer and Pianist.' . Advice that their son, Sergeant William Donald Francis Annan, aged 20, is reported missing, presumed killed, has been received by Mr and Mrs F.J Annan, of Wallace St, Herne Bay, and after the Napier earthquake in 1931 was one of the schoolchildren evacuated to Auckland, where for a time he attended the Curran Street School.

    After matriculating at Napier boys' High School, Sergeant Annan studied at Victoria University College and joined the staff of the Commissioner of Taxes. On the outbreak of war he was accepted for the Royal Air force, and having qualified as an air gunner left New Zealand last February. Sergeant Annan received his promotion after active service over enemy territory, taking part in numerous engagements following the German advance into Belgium and Holland.

    Sergeant Annan was a senior Soccer player in Napier and Wellington, and was also an accomplished pianist." AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 July 1940 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    The Netherlands (Holland)Europe AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Noord-Holland, Netherlands AWMM Plot 69. Row A. Grave 19. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald, (?) 1940 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (1998). Vol. 1 p. 89 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (2008). Vol. 3. p 65 AWMM
    • Chorley, W. (1992). Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crews lost during 1939-1940 (Vol. 1). Leicester, England: Midland Counties Publications. AWMM
      Chorley, W. (1992-). Vol. 1. p 93 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      New Zealand Herald, (?) 1940 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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