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Alvin Grover Duncan

Military

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (6 x Battle Stars).

Service

People

  • Perry Huie

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    RTD. Spent 30 years in the Air Force

  • Randolph Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Lester Lempert

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Leonard McReynolds

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Loren Seger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. 22-Dec-43 crash landed in a meadow in Norfolk due to lack of power in B-17 42-3273 'Impatient Virgin' on return from mission to Munster, Germany. RTD ...

  • Franklin Vansant

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

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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. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron
  • 412th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107047 The Doodle Bug

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 6/2/44; Grenier 3/3/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 17/3/44; with R.V. Mercer force landed Framlingham AFB 25/12/44 with engine failure; battle damaged Berlin 3/2/45 with H. Palmer; force landed Charleroi, Bel; 97m, repaired & ret...

  • 42-107154 'Puddles'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 7/3/44; Hunter 15/3/44; Grenier 5/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-F] Horham 10/4/44; 412BS [QW-F]; with G.L.Ferguson force landed RAF Woodbridge 16/8/44; with M.R. Scott force landed Framlingham AFB 24/12/44; 109m, Returned to the USA...

  • 42-107201 'Worry Bird'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 6/7/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-J] Horham 8/4/44; 121m, Returned to the USA Bradley 2/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-29943 'Situation Normal'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/43; Smoky Hill 26/3/43; Dow Fd 31/5/43; Assigned 305BG Chelveston 15/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-K] Alconbury 16/6/43; Framlingham 12/5/43; 335BS [OE-K] Horham 15/6/43; 12/9/43 with A.R. Witt f/d RAF Morton Calence (?); 20...

  • 42-30235 'Lonesome Polecat' 'Zoot Suiters'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Gore 16/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-L/Z] Bassingbourn 6/6/43; transferred 412BS/95BG [QW-U] Horham 16/6/43 LONESOME POLECAT; 16/9/43 with W.C. Lindley force landed Bungay Afd; 48m,...

  • 42-31251

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/10/43; Gr Island 22/10/43; Wilmington 1/11/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-P] Horham 11/11/43; force landed Rattlesden 10/2/42 with J.W. Reed; 21m, Missing in Action Berlin 6/3/43 with Tom Keasbey, Co-pilot: Capt Roy Gee, Navigator:...

  • 42-31835

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Slated 388BG, transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Horham 3/2/44; 14m, Missing in Action Rostock 11/4/44 with Delmar Miles, Co-pilot: George Ralph, Navigator: John Loyd, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Sid...

  • 42-31920 'Able Mabel'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 3/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Assigned 447BG Rattlesden 9/2/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-G] Horham; 89m, on night navigation training mission 6/11/44 left u/c collapsed on landing with Warren Helm, Co-pilot: Maurice Londer, Navigator:...

  • 42-38178 'Ten Aces'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/1/44; Gr Island 16/1/44/ Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-K] Horham 11/2/44; 45 missions, Missing in Action Schweinfurt 19/7/44 with Tony Hamlik, Co-pilot: George Rudloff, Navigator: Hal Smith, Bombardier: Bob Diles, Flight engineer/top...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 161

    22 December 1943
    This mission is composed of two forces directed at two separate targets, the communication centers at Osnabruck and Munster, Germany. The force attacking at Osnabruck is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 227 B-17s (2 are PFF...

  • VIII Bomber Command 171

    31 December 1943
    This mission is the last heavy bomber operation of 1943. 1943 had been a very "tough" year for the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). 23365 B-17s had been despatched on missions and 881 had Failed to Return (FTR) for a loss...

  • 8th Air Force 182

    11 January 1944
    Three aviation industry targets in Germany are bombed. The bomber force consists of 291 B-17s despatched from 1st Bomb Division in two elements, one element of 177 B-17s is despatched to Oschersleben, Germany as the primary target, the other 1BD...

  • 8th Air Force 183

    14 January 1944
    This mission is a combined effort of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Bomb Divisions to attack V-Weapon sites near the French coast near Pas-de-Calaise. Some targets of opportunity were also bombed. A total of 20 out of 21 V-Weapon sites are hit with varying results. ...

  • 8th Air Force 198

    29 January 1944
    The primary target for this mission was the railroad marshalling yards and industrial areas of Frankfurt, Germany. A combined force of 863 heavy bombers were despatched in three elements to make the attack. The combined bomber gunner claims on enemy...

  • 8th Air Force 200

    30 January 1944
    This mission has the aviation industry at Brunswick, Germany as the primary target. The mission is composed of a combined force pf 777 heavy bomber aircraft despatched in three elements: 1st Bomb Division; 2nd Bomb Division and 3rd Bomb Division. The...

  • 8th Air Force 208

    4 February 1944
    The railroad marshalling yards at Frankfurt, Germany were focus of this mission, but other railroad marshalling yards in the area were attacked as well. Weather and navigational errors frustrate target acquisition.748 heavy bombers were despatched in a...

  • 8th Air Force 210

    5 February 1944
    German airfield in France are the targets for this mission. All three Bomb Divisions despatch aircraft. The combined bomber gunner's claims of all three Bomb Divisions were 5-0-5 (displayed with Chateauroux element of 1BD). Summary as follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 228 BIG WEEK - DAY 2

    21 February 1944
    Day 2 of BIG WEEK is another maximum effort by 8th Air Force to bomb 6 airfields in Germany as primary targets: Diepholz, Gütersloh, Lippstadt, Werl, Achmer and Handorf. In addition the industrial areas of Brunswick city are included as a primary...

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Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Independence, Jackson Cty, MO 18 December 1907

Son of Jack Edward and Fannie B. [Purcell] Duncan.

Lived in Independence, Jackson Cty, MO October 1940

Worked for Standard Oil Co. at time of draft registration.

Enlisted 30 December 1942
Based Horham 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 21 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Marriage 1947

Married Pearl Duncan.

Died Independence, Jackson Cty, MO 24 January 1957
Buried Woodlawn Cemetery Independence, Jackson County, MO 27 January 1957

Woodlawn Cemetery
Independence, Jackson County, Missouri

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 September 2021 13:39:47 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/618286700
https://www.fold3.com/image/321164325
https://www.fold3.com/record/64983906/alvin-duncan-social-security-death...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/75837507/alvin-grover-duncan

Date Contributor Update
22 August 2021 23:06:49 mvandemark Changes to unit associations
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Updated a squadron

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22 August 2021 23:05:17 mvandemark Changes to events
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Added dates of birth and death

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22 August 2021 23:00:04 mvandemark Changes to mission associations
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Updated Mission list

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22 August 2021 22:47:24 mvandemark Changes to mission associations
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Updated Missions

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22 August 2021 22:38:13 mvandemark Changes to person associations
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Edited Personnel connections

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22 August 2021 22:27:06 mvandemark Changes to aircraft associations
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Updated A/C connections

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22 August 2021 22:09:01 mvandemark Changes to awards
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updated medals

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22 August 2021 21:50:39 mvandemark Changes to awards
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added award earned

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22 August 2021 21:40:42 mvandemark Changes to service number
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Found service number

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27 September 2014 18:03:35 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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