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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
    • WW2 Parents: Mr & Mrs F. J. Annan, 11 Lowry Terrace, Napier AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    • Air Gunner/Military AWMM
    • Aircrew/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)
  • 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

Last known rank

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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."

    Attended Napier Boys' High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)) 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
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ab - B. Archives New Zealand (R17845607) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [Missing - But Presumed Dead on Lapse of Time - Officers, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845743) AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM


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