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Duane Gibbons Brandt

Military

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 56 x combat missions. Gaston Fox crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Evere A/D in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III'; Shot down, ditched in Channel, 3 miles W of Calais 10-Apr-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3939

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

People

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31511 'Fools Luck III'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/11/43; Kearney 3/12/43; Presque Is 9/12/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-D] Deenethorpe 1/1/44; Missing in Action Evere A/fd 10/4/44 with Gaston Fox, Co-pilot: Francis Hoad, Navigator: Darrel Wilson, Bombardier: Leon Mendelson, Ball...

Missions

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Miller, Nebraska 10 November 1920

Son of Max F and Marie Lillian 'Mazie' [Gibbons] Brandt.

Lived in King County, WA 1942
Enlisted Tacoma, WA 28 October 1942
Based Deenethorpe February 1944 – 10 April 1944

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Channel, 3 miles W of Calais 10 April 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Evere A/D in B-17 42-31511 'Fool's Luck III'; Shot down 10-Apr-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3939.

Buried Cambridge American Cemetery 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, UK

Buried Kearney Cemetery, Kearney, NE November 1959

Memorialised
Kearney Cemetery
Kearney,
Buffalo County, NE

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2020 13:50:45 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29638088
https://www.fold3.com/image/319883230
https://www.fold3.com/record/90842968-duane-g-brandt
https://www.fold3.com/record/529901718-duane-g-brandt
https://www.fold3.com/image/223365416?rec=223365430
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763500?rec=299423216
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=391
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56288031/duane-g-brandt
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/38599934/duane-g-brandt

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2020 05:00:18 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2020 14:08:42 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29638088
https://www.fold3.com/image/319883230
https://www.fold3.com/record/90842968-duane-g-brandt
https://www.fold3.com/record/529901718-duane-g-brandt
https://www.fold3.com/image/223365416?rec=223365430
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763500?rec=299423216
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=391
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56288031/duane-g-brandt
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/38599934/duane-g-brandt

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2020 23:42:37 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" and another in an event comment for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2019 18:44:25 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29638088
https://www.fold3.com/image/319883230
https://www.fold3.com/record/90842968-duane-g-brandt
https://www.fold3.com/record/529901718-duane-g-brandt
https://www.fold3.com/image/223365416?rec=223365430
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763500?rec=299423216
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=391
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56288031/duane-g-brandt
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/38599934/duane-g-brandt

Date Contributor Update
07 March 2019 20:28:23 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://401bg.org/Main/History/Crews/Details.aspx?CrewId=10061

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2017 13:44:51 general ira snapsorter Changes to role, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 3939 ;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3939, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=391

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