1944 — Italy
Ret Lt col.
******Newspaper: Ironwood Daily Globe
Publication: 17 Jul 1958 - Ironwood, Michigan
"Lieutenant Colonel Warren R. Annear, above, son of Mrs. Julia Annear, Bessemer (Michigan), has been assigned duty as Commander of the 606th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance (CAMRON) Squadron at Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome, N. Y.
Colonel Annear's Squadron is responsible for the maintenance of the F-89 and F-102 jet aircraft assigned to the two Fighter Interceptor Squadrons at Griffiss, whose mission is to defend the Northeast Sector of the United States against an air attack. The aircraft must be in a state of readiness at all times, regardless of the weather or the time of day.
Colonel Annear flew 62 combat missions in a B-25 in the Mediterranean Theater during World War II. Since that time, he has served in the Pacific area, including Hawaii, Guam, and the Phillipines, and a tour in Germany. In all, he has been overseas for seven of the 18 years he has been in service. He is rated a Command Pilot.
Among the decorations and awards the Colonel has received are the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, European Theater Campaign Ribbon, World War, II Victory Medal, and the German Occupation Medal.
Colonel and Mrs. Annear, with their two children, Kathleen, seven, and Bruce, six, are making their home in quarters on the base."
******321stBG,448thBS, Capt. Warren R Annear, Pilot
19 Feb 4 - 448th BS Mission Summary: (Ops Order 254/mission 253) Group Mission # 216: Mission 174 (216). At 08:20 24 planes off to bomb troop concentration 200 yards N and S of F9037 and dropped 1162 Frags at 09:45 from 10,500 feet. 14 planes holed and 2 planes shot down one by flak and one by flak and E/A and one plane missing (one plane down in water approximately 41° 40’ N and 12° 15’ E 3 or 4 persons seen in water, dingy dropped by another plane, one plane show down about F7550 three chutes seen from some plane). Plane that landed in water piloted by Lt. Annear, crew: Kuykendall, Zinkand, Morris, Tudor and Nesbit. Three officers were picked up by English crash boat 182. To date word has been received that Sgt. Tudor is in Allied Hospital, not word of Morris and Nesbit. Target area well covered with one string observed crossing bend in river just N of F9037 and S of RR. Saw bombs along RR tracks just W of target. Groups of 6-8 and from 15-20 E/A reported over and after leaving target attacking in pairs. ME-109’s, FW-190’s, one ME-210 and MA-282 reported. Most attacks from rear and one tactic was for one plane to come from 6 o’clock level, hanging back while another dove from 7 o’clock, from above. Some Me’s attacked after diving. Group claims 7 Me-109’s destroyed 2 FW-190’s destroyed, 2 ME-109’s damaged. In 448 Sgt. Mauder claimed 2 ME-109’s, Sgt Coleman one, Van Cura one and Chosta one FW-190. Flak: Heavy, intense and accurate from bomb line to target and out to coast, barrage type. Weather: CAVU at target.
A/C No. 42-64550 shot down P Annear, Warren R., 2Lt CP Kuykendall, James W., 2Lt N None B Zinkand, Willard T., 2Lt E Nesbit, Andrew L., Sgt R Morris, Raymond J., Sgt G Tudor, Owen M., Sgt
***************** Warren was Born about 1920 ..........
Barbi Ennis Connolly, 57th Bomb Wing Research Team (John T Fitzgerald, Parri Johnson and Barbara Connolly) and Historian for the 319th Bomb Group and 321st Bomb Group. PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com