Brigadier General Asa North Duncan, the first commander of the 8th Air Force, was KIA 17 November 1942, when he was aboard a B-17, 42-2969, which crashed in the Bay of Biscay while en route from England to North Africa due to engine failure.
This Eighth Air Force insignia was found on a wooden partition in a wartime Nissen hut near Ketteringham.
It was presented to the Headquarters staff of the 2nd Air Division USAAF on their reunion visit to Ketteringham on 29 July 1990.
Three American Red Oaks were planted in the churchyard at Ketteringham St. Peter to commemorate the 43rd conventionof the 2nd Air Division Association.
En route to Maison Blanche, via Gibraltar on 17 November 1942, with Clark Garber, Co-pilot: Josh Kaplan, Navigator: John Roysden, Bombardier: Les Birleson*, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Welcome Talbot, Radio Operator: Paul Padgett, Ball turret gunner: Roger Arent, Waist gunner: Lilburn Haddox, Waist gunner: Arthur Spell, pass-Brigadier General Asa North Duncan (8AF HQ, Chief of Staff, Major John Knox* (341BS CO) (11 Killed in Service); engine fire, aircraft crashed Bay of Biscay; (*only bodies recovered). Missing Air Crew Report 15097.
Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force
Commanding General of 8th AF 1 December 1942 to 5 January 1944. Following that, Eaker was given command of all Allied air forces in the MTO, and in April 1945 became Deputy CG of the USAAF. Retired July 1947.
Units served with
Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 366BS/305BG Syracuse 17/9/42; Grafton Underwood 29/10/42; transferred 341BS/97BG Polebrook 4/11/42; en route Maison Blanche, via Gibraltar 17/11/42, with Clark Garber, Co-pilot: Josh Kaplan, Navigator: John Roysden, Bombardier: Les Birleson*,...
||Leighton, AL 35646, USA
||30 March 1892
||27 September 1916
|Killed in Service
||17 November 1942