Duane Anthony Hall

Military
media-31623.jpeg UPL 31623 Major Duane A Hall. Pilot of the "Little Gramper Jr "

Nick Hall, grandson

Object Number - UPL 31623 - Major Duane A Hall. Pilot of the "Little Gramper Jr "

Flew 32 missions in B-24 (The Little Gramper, Jr) . Flew 2 misions on D-Day, w/time out only to eat and refuel-flew from before daylinght until after dark. After combat flew gasoline to 1st and 3rd armies, while assigned toa non-existing Air Transport Wing. Recalled to active duty in 1953 for Korean Conflict. Flew b-47s from 1953 to mid-1963-assigned to the SAC. Retired from active duty in 1969- O-4 Major



DFC; Air Medal w/3Oak Leaf Cluster;Commendation Medal; Press. Unit Citation; ETO Ribbon w/4battle stars/American Service Medal'Dist. Service Medal.

I am his grandson and even though he died almost 20 years ago his story is passed down through his wife of 50 years, my grandmother. As a kid I would sit beside his chair listening to stories of his missions. The most memorable is when the "Little Gramper Jr" was shot up so bad he landed on the belly with no landing gear. There is a book called Raiders of the Reich which has a chapter and pictures of just a few missions. I have his medals, and awards in a plaque on my living room wall. One is the "Lucky Bastards Club". I wish I had more time with him, I was 15 when he passed and I'm 33 now. My grandmother talks about him everyday, I can only hope to love and be loved as they did. They had 4 children, 3 are still alive. If I can help in any way with pictures of more detailed stories please let me know.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 389th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

Aircraft

A B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95063) nicknamed "The Little Gramper Jr" of the 389th Bomb Group with a Cletrac .
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Little Gramper Jr
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 556th Bomb Squadron

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Related videos and documents

  • Media Type: Video
  • Object Number: UPL 33249
  • Description: A few stories of "The Little Gramper Jr" told by Dan Raymond. He was the flight engineer while my grandad Duane A Hall was the pilot. They flew 32...
  • Media Type: Video
  • Object Number: UPL 33865
  • Description: Dan Raymond, flight engineer on the "Little Gramper Jr" of the 389th piloted by Duane Hall telling stories of missions from Hethel Air Force Base in...

Events

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Born

Corinth, Mississippi 18 December 1920

Revisions

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Nick Hall, his grandson. My grandmother is still alive as of 2/4/18 and every chance I get I listen to stories of what times were like then.

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

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