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William Alfred Duke

Military

Pilot of B-24 #4410491 'Iron Duke'. Shot down over Bieber, Germany and crashed at Hainhausen on 22 February 1945. He and his co-pilot Lt. A. B. Monroe and waist gunner Sergeant Charles Frazer were murdered by German civilian police. (Story of 'Iron Duke' and its crew, written by George Reynolds was published in Air Wars magazine.) Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

Units served with

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 754th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-51110 Top O' The Mark

    B-24 Liberator
    Crash-landed 29 June 1944 at Horsham St Faith on return from Aschersleben mission after being hit by Anti-aircraft fire and set ablaze. The order to bail out was given, but before the fire was extinguished, two airmen bailed out due to failure of...

  • 44-10491

    B-24 Liberator
    Shot down 22 February 1945 on raid on marshaling yards at Peine, Germany. MACR 12675

Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Jonesboro, Arkansas 7 October 1924
Died 22 February 1945
Buried Oxford, Mississippi

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 December 2017 17:07:43 Kauko56 Changes to biography
Sources

"Review and Recommendations" paper in US case # 12-2000, page 30

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Bettye Duke Jackson, sister; MACR 12675 & Page 275 of the book LIBERATORS OVER EUROPE by Mackay, Bailey & Scorza, D790G458 & 458bg.com (detailed info including story of final mission) / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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