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Stephen C Ananian


Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. 64 combat missions, credited with destroying one Me 262 jet fighter and damaging two others in aerial combat, as well as three aircraft on the ground while strafing enemy airfields. Completed (End) Tour of Duty (ETD). Left USAAF service 8-Aug-45.

Awards: DFC, AM (11 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 Bronze Stars), American Campaign,
Good Conduct.

Stephen served as President and Secretary of the 339th Fighter Group Association: He died on 28 June 2017 and his ashes have been laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 339th Fighter Group

    339th Fighter Group

    In the years before deployment to the UK, the Group had been designated as a Bombardment Group (Dive) and trained in A-24 and A-25 dive-bombers and P-39 Airacobras. When, in April 1944, they joined the Eighth Air Force in Britain though, the pilots...

  • 505th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...


Event Location Date
Born New York, NY, USA 25 December 1922
Lived in New York, NY, USA 1940
Enlisted Atlantic City, NJ, USA 14 December 1941
Pilot Training United States 3 February 1943 – 12 March 1944

Called to active duty on 3-Feb-43. Training till 12-Mar-44.

Assigned Fowlmere, Royston SG8, UK 29 September 1944 – 23 April 1945

Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promoted Fowlmere, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 11 January 1945

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 23 April 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Lived in Simpsonville, SC, USA 2014
Died 28 June 2017

Aged 94



Date Contributor Update
24 September 2018 12:25:46 Lucy May Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2016 17:38:59 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2014 09:35:04 Lucy May Changes to biography and events

Correspondence between Stephen and the museum.
And for hometown:

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2014 10:06:13 Pyker Changes to service number, highest rank, events and place associations

Updated data until aircraft association made.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:23 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list