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William M Annan


Killed when B17 43-38137 crashed on takeoff at Woodhall Farm, Sudbury on 15 October 1944.


Units served with

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 835th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38137

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/44; Kearney 8/7/44; Grenier 16/7/44; Assigned 835BS/486BG [H8-N] Sudbury 17/7/44; 5m crashed on take off for Cologne 15/10/44 with Clarry Herman, Co-pilot: Bob Etter, Navigator: Bill Annan, Bombardier: Vernon Mierhenry, Flight...

Associated Place

  • Sudbury

    Military site : airfield
    Situated between the villages of Great Waldingfield and Acton, the airfield was used by the 486th Bomb Group from March 1944 to August 1945. Facilities for administrative offices for the Combat Wing were also made available here and along with barrack...


Event Location Date
Born Maryland, USA 10 July 1918
Died Sudbury, Suffolk 15 October 1944

Plot D Row 6 Grave 7


Date Contributor Update
19 August 2015 16:06:11 Lucyd Changes to events

Combined two entries into a single entry. Record includes information from the following sources:
Combat Sup / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
02 May 2015 16:16:26 usxpat Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Find A Grave Memorial# 56287404
American Battle Monuments Commission
Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories, Ian McLachlan & Russell J Zorn, ©1991, 2012

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:30 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia