A8-T the Iron Duke s/n 42-76305 Bobby J. Duke
Lt. Bobby Duke, 391st Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group, extreme left, at his Plane, A8-T "The IRON DUKE", with his crew. Photographed in England prior to D-Day.
S/Sgt. Frederick Robert "Bob" Hoffman, Crew Chief, 391st Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group, 42-76305 "The Iron Duke."
30 May 1944
Statement of 1st Lt. Elmo (NMI) Brinson, 0-806756, RE; 1st Lt. Bobbie J. Duke, 0-807270, MISSING IN ACTION.
"Lt. Duke was leading Yellow Flight with Lt. Richmond and I on each wing. We strafed Carmeilles en Vixen field from the West to East and just as we cleared the Eastern edge of the field, Lt. Duke pulled up sharply and bailed out of a skidding left turn about 1200 feet. I clearly saw the chute open and start down abort two miles Northeast of the field. The ship continued in the left turn and crashed and burned about one mile Northeast of field. I did not see the chute hit the ground"
ELMO (NMI) BRINSON
1st Lt., Air Corps.
Declassified document NND 735001 – Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs) – of the U.S. Army Air Forces WWII 1942 - 1947
By NARA Date: 1973
Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer, Crew Chief | 366th Fighter Group
One of eight brothers that served in World War II, all at the same time; they were known as the “Fighting Hoffman’s”. He served from 1941 to 1945 as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corp. Bob attained the rank of Technical Sergeant and received several...
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The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...
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